In a few days, our nation will memorialize the birthday and short life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He accomplished so much during his lifetime. From leading a national civil rights movement to receiving the Nobel Peace Prize, we can all agree he was a man who challenged the status quo of his time and led our nation into conviction, which led to changes in our country’s laws.
Dr. King’s Dream
As time passes and we are distanced from events that occurred in the 1960's it may be easier to view them as historical events with less relevance to our present state of affairs. However, such an attitude would show our naivety and misreading of history.
In his famed “I Have a Dream” speech, Dr. King proclaimed, “Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God's children.”
As we look at our country today, could we say that justice is a reality in our country? Has injustice ceased to exist? Or does hatred still flow out of human hearts? I think we could all agree that injustice is still active and present. So, is Dr. King’s dream a fantasy world?
After watching several documentaries about the civil rights movement in the 1960s, reading biographies of Dr. King’s life, and reading the transcripts of several of his sermons, I asked myself: Did Jesus have a dream for His followers?
In John 17, we find Jesus praying to God the Father: