Voices: Hate Cannot Drive Out Hate

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral of destruction. … The chain reaction of evil – hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars – must be broken, or we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation.”
— Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

We need to work for justice, but we need to do so with love, not hate. As we strive for justice in our church and in our nation, we must do so with love.


Martin Luther King, Jr., Strength to Love (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2010), 47.