In a tribute to the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, the best that I can do is revisit his vision–a vision which was captured in his famous “I Have A Dream” speech, delivered on August 28, 1963, to over 250,000 civil rights supporters from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington.
For millions of Americans, of African descent, this “I Have A Dream” speech was more than another speech. It was the casting of a vision–a vision of a better and preferred future, than the one they were experiencing.
Now fast forward some 52 years later, and as Americans, where are we in realizing this vision? I can honestly say that we’ve improved as a people, but we still have some ways to go, as race relations tended to dominate much of the news for 2014, going into 2015.
So what can we do? This is what we can do: as we seek to honor the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, who gave his life to the Civil Rights Movement, to ensure racial justice and equality to millions of America–we need to keep fighting for the realization of his vision, a vision which is rooted in the gospel of Jesus Christ.
And why have I tied Dr. King’s vision to the gospel of Jesus Christ? Because as a Christ follower and as a minister of the gospel, how could I not? Like the Apostle Paul, I’m compelled to take such a stance against racial prejudice and injustice precisely because the gospel of Jesus Christ has thus compelled me (Galatians 2:11-14). You see, at the heart of the gospel of Jesus Christ is the reconciliation of all peoples, of all nations, of all walks of life (Ephesians 2:14-18; Matthew 28:18-20).
So as we prepare to honor the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, let’s be mindful of how closely his vision mirrors that of Jesus Christ (see Revelation 5:9-10).