Monday, January 21, 2019

MLK and the Dream

How's that dream coming? Martin Luther King, Jr. dreamed that the day would come when people of different colors could live and work together without being bothered by our differences in appearance.

He dreamed that the promissory note implicit in the Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution could be cashed by all citizens of this country.

One of his passions was the pursuit of justice. When one group of people denies justice to another group, both are harmed. He recognized, as did Abraham Lincoln, that the majority culture also suffers when it oppresses the minority. When it comes to justice, we all need it for all people.

King dreamed that people would be treated fairly, respectfully, justly. Sadly, there are still masses who are oppressed by the systems of this society. This happens through the legal system, the food system, government programs, self-serving capitalism, and power-hungry politicians.

There is a long way to go in the treatment of ethnic minorities in the United States. And there is a long way to go in the treatment of all who are on the fringes of society. Maybe more people find themselves among the outcast today than in 1963.

I'm glad Jesus came for the outcast.