I am Grateful that Martin Luther King Jr. had a Dream*.

Posted: January 19, 2015 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 over 50 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 has 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 1955-1956. Though we are often reminded there is much work to do in our country(see the recent events in Ferguson & New York City) 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 nor  would I 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 worshiping 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! If you are not into digitally reading go ahead and buy a copy here.

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. The Bible Gateway Blog takes a look at the Bible passages behind MLK’s  speeches.

If you have never watched it take some time in the near future to wath the PBS documentary: “Eyes On The Prize” that chronicles America’s Civil Rights Movement from 1954-1985. Unfortunately, PBS does not air as often as they used to but the series is available on DVD and most episodes on youtube. In the first episode called: Awakenings, you see a young 26-year-old pastor, Martin Luther King, Jr.;  “accidentally” become the leader in the Montgomery Civil Rights movement that leads to national prominence.

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

Marty Duren has posted 15 quotes from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Here is a sermon I preached last year at Oak Grove Baptist Church in a series called “Do Justice” on this topic that is titled: Racial Harmony and the Cross. You can listen or download it here

Christian Audiobook is giving a Free download of “Letter from Birmingham Jail” audiobook through January 21. Go here.

But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.” (Amos 5:24)

*this post was  originally written January 16,2012 and has been  edited, updated, and reposted.

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