I am grateful that Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream.

Posted: January 16, 2012 in Uncategorized

“I have a dream that one day little black boys and girls will be holding hands with little white boys and girls.” -Martin Luther King, Jr.  August 28, 1963

It has been almost 49 years since Martin Luther King Jr. made his famous “I have a dream” speech. This is the day that our county honors and I hope many of us reflect on the sacrifices made by Dr. King (and many others) to see the dream of racial equality begin to happen in our country.

Last week I picked my 5 year old son up from school. One of his best friends (an African-American) boy ran up to give him a goodbye hug and then he talked about one of their other friends (an Asian-American) and it made me pause and think of Dr. King’s speech. I believe that today a bit of that dream had certainly come true. These young friends played with each other and had no passing thoughts of skin color or ethnic background.

It is truly a different place in America than when Dr. King had to boycott those Montgomery buses in 1955. Though there is much work to do in our county and in our churches in the area of racial harmony, I am grateful to God that we now live in a land that can be freely led by an African American as President.  And though I may not agree on all our President’s politics and I wouldn’t agree on all Dr. King’s theology;  I am deeply indebted that he had a just dream and gave his life for it. While a bit of that dream has been realized I know it will only fully come to pass when there are those worshipping King Jesus from  “every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages” (Revelation 7:9). On that day racism will take it’s final blow.

Here are some resources helpful to reflect and equip us to remember Dr. King and the areas of racial harmony.

John Piper does a great service to us with his recent contribution called Bloodlines: Race, Cross, and the Christian. He had made it a free PDF download on MLK Day and you can download it here:


Take the time to download it and read it!

You can see a powerful short video documentary about the book and his experiences growing up in the turbulent 60s south:  http://vimeo.com/crosswaymedia/bloodlines

Here Ed Stetzer gives a look at Dr. Martin Luther King’s Letter to American Christians that is just as applicable now as it was in 1956.

Of course you can go straight to the King Center for resources.

Take the time to hear Dr. King give his “I have a dream” speech.

Before Dr. Martin Luther King was a major civil rights leader he was a pastor and preacher of the gospel. The Bible Gateway Blog takes a look at the Bible passages behind MLK’s  speeches.

Finally, Jason L. Sanders gives some great insights into MLK and the Tyranny of Having a Day Off.

  1. Jay Sanders says:

    Thanks for the kind words.


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