If we would only step back and rethink Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have A Dream” speech, I believe we would discover how truly kingdom-oriented it is.
Remember, the vision of the kingdom is for all peoples–no matter ethnicity, race, nationality, etc–to “beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks” (Isaiah 2:4).
What Isaiah saw is the renewed people of God–from all tribes, nations, tongues–journeying to the mountain of the Lord, precisely because of God’s Messiah’s reign and reach.
So when the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr said “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,” he was merely echoing Isaiah’s messianic vision and the very mission of Messiah Jesus to bring all people groups under his rule and his reign, in the kingdom (Matt. 28:19; Rev. 5:9-10).
Perhaps such a rethinking–a rethinking through kingdom categories–is what is needed as we honor and celebrate the messenger who was the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.