Christian Themes (Masterplots II: Christian Literature)
King’s message of courage and hope was rooted in the example of Jesus Christ: As exemplified in Christ, love is the most durable power in the world. The universe is governed by a loving, personal God who is the companion of those who struggle for justice. Evil cannot permanently organize itself, for it contains the seeds of its own destruction. In the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, we see that unearned suffering is redemptive and that evil is overcome with good. God is able to subdue all evil, but God calls on humankind to cooperate in this task and strengthens those who do so. Hence, when combined with Mahatma Gandhi’s method of nonviolent resistance, the Christian doctrine of love is a potent force in the struggle for freedom.