I sometimes wonder how we might have been different as a country if the events of this day in 1968 had been different. Would we have united as a country, would we have seen swifter progress in race relations, and would the end of the Viet Nam War have come more quickly? It was on this day in 1968 that Senator Robert Kennedy was assasinated at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles just after announcing his victory in the California presidential primary. It was a twenty-two year old Palestinian man, Sirhan Sirhan that fired the fatal bullet. Kennedy died on this day late on that fateful evening.
Anti Vietnam War protests were at their pinnacle, Martin Luther King Jr. had been assassinated not long before, and general unrest seemed rampant. Robert Kennedy, President John Kennedy’s younger brother, stepped up to offer himself as a candidate and there was tremendous support nationally for his bid to be president. It would have been a face off with Richard Nixon (and we know how that presidency ended).
Violence begets violence and we are lesser for it as a nation and a people. Jesus said, “You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘You shall not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment.” Perhaps if we really listened to the Master we would actually experience more peace and civility. Where does hate reside in you? I’ve thought about that and there are dark places within me and you where we have felt hate and rage. We need to seek forgiveness and demonstrate what it means to be a Christ-Follower. The way “were,” does not have to be the way we are or will be.
Vol 4 #53