Rev. Eugene Rivers III: How MLK Engaged in “Spiritual War” against White Supremacy

Juicy Ecumenism | 2/5/2018 | Joseph Rossell
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Recalling the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., the Reverend Eugene Rivers III said overcoming racism required understanding the reality of the “spiritual war” occurring in America. He also described white supremacy as a “demonic principality” and “idolatry.”

The Reverend Eugene Rivers III spoke at The King’s College in New York City on February 5, 2018, about the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

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Rivers spoke at The King’s College, a self-described “Christian…small liberal arts college” in New York City, about “Martin Luther King Jr. and the Scandal of the Evangelical Mind” on February 5. His address occurred on the first Monday of Black History Month and exactly three weeks after Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

In his address at King’s College, Rivers argued that MLK’s beliefs and teachings have been misremembered half a century after the assassination of the civil rights leader. “Whenever God raises up a prophet to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable, one of the things that happens is that the custodians of authorized official memory try to write their brother and sister out of history,” Rivers said.

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Rivers cited two biblical passages which he claimed represented MLK’s overarching beliefs about the fight for civil rights. Rivers said both versus remind Christians about the spiritual nature of earthly conflict:

MLK realized that he and other civil rights leaders were struggling against spiritual principalities. Likewise Rivers said combatting racism and white supremacy required understanding...
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