Monday, August 28, 2006

Monday Question of the Week . . . I Have a Dream

"I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: 'We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.'"

"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character."

"Let freedom ring. And when this happens, and when we allow freedom ring — when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children — black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics - will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual: "Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!"

On this day in 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke these unforgettable words from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. As we remember last years the horrific events along the gulf coast and the anniversary of September 11th in a few weeks how do you think we are doing? Are all men (and women) treaded as if they where created equal? Do we judge the content of their character or by the color of their skin or perhaps the faith they confess? If we where lucky enough to have Martin Luther King, Jr with us today would he have reason to sing “Free at last! Free at last!”?

1 comment:

Backwoods Presbyterian said...

Until we stop categorizing people based upon their appearence, gender, and ethnicity we will never realize Paul's vision in Gal 3:28 let alone Dr. King's writings. We must stop looking at each other by race and start calling each other brothers and sisters in Christ not "White" or "Black" or "Yellow" or whatever.
He would have hoped we would have stopped racial quotas and instituting differing criteria for different genders and races. If all people are to be treated equal then we must stop looking at others as being different based on skin color.