’We cannot say we love God, and hate our brother’

’We cannot say we love God, and hate our brother’Pastor Bill Corley of Crossroads Community Church addresses more than 300 who turned out Monday for “A Day of Unity” in remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr. “Why am I speaking today?” Corley asked the audience. “I’m the least qualified to speak.” He characterized himself as an old white guy with a sheltered upbringing — clueless about the riots, killings and demonstrations that led to and continued with the civil rights movement. “One thing changed,” he said. “When I was 33, I became a follower of Jesus Christ. I want to live my life like He lived. I want to love like He loved … we cannot say we love God and hate our brother.” With that commitment comes an obligation to speak for those without a voice, he said. “The bell of freedom does not ring for everyone. Division is real in our country and getting deeper. We live in desperate times. I love this country, and I cannot be silent.” The celebration included a community band and choir performing “All You Need is Love,” as well as participation from numerous churches, organizations and members of the community. — Photo by Laura Austin

Story First Published: 2019-01-25