My column today, about Martin Luther King's urging us to love our enemies, was inspired by the brilliant sermon the slain minister delivered at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama. I first read the text of "Love Your Enemies" in Strength to Love, a collection of King's sermons that his wife, Coretta Scott King, said best explained her husband's philosophy of nonviolence: His belief in a blind, loving presence that binds all of life.
In "Love Your Enemies," King says, "All [people] are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be, and you can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be."