One of my favorite times of the year is upon us in the MLK weekend festivities. Now don’t get me wrong as I love three-day weekends, however, the real significance for me is who this man was in the hands of a loving God who sent us a message: Enough!
Enough of the racism; enough of the injustice; enough of the unwarranted violence and persecution of people based on skin color. But God’s message needed an earthly voice, a carrier, if you will, to bring urgent clarity to earth that God has a vision and a purpose for each of us. It is to live in freedom in Christ. Dr. King answered the call to become that voice and make the sacrifice that accompanied the call.
One of my favorites among his many quotes is, “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”. Note that the dream was based on Scripture from God, and for all the people. It was a dream that would be of great value to his own family, but it was also much more than that. This dream realized would raise all the ships in the harbor.
However, for all to prosper would mean that some would pay the price of sacrifice not just to proclaim the message, but show the way. I thank God today as we look back and as we look forward that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. answered a higher calling that demanded a very high price, his very life. It is because of brave and courageous people like him who have answered the higher calling and paid the price that we move closer and closer to living that dream. We have still much work to do. I look forward to the day where God’s love for all the people is not only declared but lived out across our communities to the ends of the earth!