Happy Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Day (2020)
From the text of
the I Have a Dream
speech by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr,
August 28, 1963:
“Let us not wallow in the valley of despair, I say to you today, my friends.
And so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American 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 one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.
I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.
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.
I have a dream today!
I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of “interposition” and “nullification” — one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.
I have a dream today!
I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight; “and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together.”
Well said, Dr. King. And how may this be achieved?
So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God
for all of you who were baptized into Christ
have clothed yourselves with Christ.
There is neither Jew nor Gentile,
neither slave nor free,
nor is there male and female,
for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
If you belong to Christ,
then you are Abraham’s seed,
and heirs according to the promise.
(Galatians 3:26-29 NIV)
Thus, there is only one way
this dream can can be achieved
among all peoples.
But as a nation (especially in the churches)
we are willingly rejecting Him and the one way:
“You know the message God sent to the people of Israel,
telling the good news of peace through Jesus Christ,
who is Lord of all. “
(Act 10:36 NIV)
(Revised from 2015)