I Have a Dream

On August 28, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King delivered what has famously come to be known as his I Have a Dream speech in which he calls for an end to racism in the United States and for civil and economic rights.  If you have never read it or heard it I would encourage you to do so.  Some of our younger generation may not readily identify with the Dr. King’s words or understand the cultural unrest at the time, but some of us are old enough not only to remember it, but experienced the racial inequity in our nation that he described.

Perhaps the most famous section of the speech is where Dr. King shares his dream for America.  Since his speech is still under copyright protection I am not going to quote him. However Dr. King does allude to several passages of the bible, one being Isaiah 40:4-5

Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain: Then the glory of the LORD will be revealed, And all flesh will see it together;

Bigotry, racism, and prejudice are the fruit that find fertile soil in the unregenerate human heart and though a nation needs the prophetic voice of Dr. King and others like him, the end of racism and civil injustice cannot come from any outside civil right movement.  Fifty four years since I Have a Dream, our nation still struggles with liberty and justice for all.  The answer to racism is a changed heart and the only One who can give you that is Jesus.  In Galatians 3:28 the apostle Paul wrote,

There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

Pastor Steve


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