Interview with Martin Luther King

17 Jan
Photograph of Rosa Parks with Dr. Martin Luthe...

Photograph of Rosa Parks with Dr. Martin Luther King. Rosa Parks famously refused to move to the back of the bus, sparking the Montgomery bus boycott. - Image via Wikipedia

Non-violent action, as explored by Ghandi and Martin Luther King, and inspired by Jesus, presents an important option in how the people may respond to the inaction of the LCA on women’s ordination.

Nonviolent action is a technique by which people who reject passivity and submission, and who see struggle as essential, can wage their conflict without violence. Nonviolent action is not an attempt to avoid or ignore conflict. It is one response to the problem of how to act effectively in politics, especially how to wield powers effectively. Nonviolence: An Introduction

Martin Luther King was asked if it benefited blacks (sic) by being aggressive in demanding their rights. King responded, “I think it’s better to be aggressive at this point. It seems to me that it is both historically and socially true that privileged classes do not give up their privileges voluntarily. And they do not give them up without strong resistance. And all the gains that have been made, that we have received in the area of civil rights, have come about because the Negro stood up courageously for these rights, and he was willing to aggressively press on.” Martin Luther King Jr. – Interview of the Day.

List of methods of nonviolent action.


Posted by on January 17, 2011 in politics


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3 responses to “Interview with Martin Luther King

  1. Joel Klein

    January 24, 2011 at 12:07 pm


    It is with great sadness that I read these rants against the sound doctrine of the Lutheran Church of Australia, and indeed the right and good doctrine of scripture. Perhaps what is most saddening is that the evidence for this dissent is not founded on any doctrinal consideration but solely on political and social values. These evidences are the invention of Man, the creation which finds itself bound in sin which we all confess. This is not a corrupt government that is maligning minorities, this is the church of God and we abide by his word or we are not church at all.

    Yours in Christ

    Joel Klein

    • witsend

      February 27, 2011 at 4:25 am

      JK, what you state shouldn’t be, in fact, is the case for Women’s ordination: the power-holders in the LCA are using that power politically to obstruct the ordination of women. Sound doctrine – God says women can not be ordained? God doesn’t say that at all, therefore the doctrine is undermined and has to be put right. It’ll be a sad day when we can no longer question doctrine.

  2. wombat

    January 28, 2011 at 10:26 am

    When the LCAs own Commission on Theology and Interchurch Relations has determined that there is no Scriptural reason preventing the ordination of women, but political forces refuse to accept their own Commission’s advice, then it is the political forces which need to be addressed. Is it misogyny that is at work? Is the comment from JK naiveté, ignorance, or something else?


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