I have a dream. The speech many regard as an expression of unwavering optimism was in fact a prophetic, subversive call to action delivered to a quarter-million people at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Dr King reminded his audience that freedom had not been fully realized for black Americans and many others shackled by racist laws and trapped in poverty.
Martin Luther King, Jr. See how his vision, his dream, arose from deep convictions… By Charles Gilmer The persistence of America's racism remains a serious challenge to our hope for a nation that lives out its most cherished values - liberty and justice for all.
Continued incidents, which stir racial tensions, remind us that hatred and animosity still fester. Suspicion lurks under the surface of many interactions.
News events repeatedly remind us of the tenuous and fragile nature of racial harmony in the United States of America. We seem to live under an uneasy truce.
Yet none of us can say we have fully lived up to Dr. King's vision of a land where each person would be judged by the content of their character, rather than the color of their skin. Tensions continue, and regularly we hear of yet another incident somewhere in our country where race is presented as a precipitating factor.
Things are different today than they have been in the past. Yet the questions remains, why has it been so difficult for us to embrace and consistently live out Dr. In the wake of the civil rights movement in which Dr. King was so dramatically used, there came a flood of social programs that sought to address the causes and consequences of racism.
Cultural education, cross cultural dialogue, and the current multi-culturalism all hearken back to the civil rights movement for their mandates.
In the pursuit of the rights of various groups, under the civil rights umbrella, one thing has become clear. That which was called right by one group is often called wrong by another. Rather than resolving the differences, tolerance is championed as the appropriate response to the varying perspectives that have emerged.
Why Tolerance Is Insufficient Tolerance has no cohesive nor healing power in society. It means little more than leaving one another alone.
It leads to indifference, not understanding. Tolerance allows the gulfs between us to remain in place. In fact, there is little in the concept of tolerance to pull us away from racial isolation. Who is to say what is right and what is wrong?
Moral relativism suggests that there are no absolutes to which we can all be held accountable. Such a thing was far from the thinking of Martin Luther King. In one of his works Dr.
King makes the following statements: A Being of infinite love and boundless power, God is the creator, sustainer, and conserver of values In contrast to ethical relativism, Christianity sets forth a system of absolute moral values and affirms that God has placed within the very structure of this universe certain moral principles that are fixed and immutable.
King did not speak in terms of tolerance. His ideal was love. King insisted love was the dominant or critical value by which we could overcome racial strife.
The love he spoke of was a biblical love, one that is unconditional, unselfish and seeks the absolute good of another party. That kind of love is a tough love, one that confronts wrong and injustice with the truth -- absolute truth as decreed by an all powerful God and enables the individual to love their enemy.
“The Christian religion is a parody on the worship of the sun, in which they put a man called Christ in the place of the sun, and pay him the adoration originally payed to the sun.” – (Thomas Paine). Dr King’s dream was costly. It was a pearl of greater price. It was worth his life. Is it worth ours? There is much work we need to do today if we want to rightly begin to honor the man and the dream. We cannot celebrate Martin Luther King’s Jr’s life without fully grieving. 2 Michael Jackson Michael Joseph Jackson was an American singer, dancer, and songwriter born on August 29, in Gary, Indiana and passed away on June 25, He donated (at least) a remarkable ,, dollars to charity. Michael is also known as The King of Pop (a title given to him by Elizabeth Taylor) or under read more. A .
King's speaking and writing, "The Dream" does begin with God. For without God, there is no absolute transcendent truth on which to base a call to justice.
Nor is there any source from which to draw the strength to love about which he spoke. A certain degree of skepticism about this perspective is understandable. Too often, those who claim to be Christians have failed to live in keeping with the clear teachings of the Christian Scriptures.We dream because to dream is to live and not to dream is to die.
A spiritual mentor for King, Howard Thurman, a former dean of the chapels at Howard and Boston Universities, put it this way. Rev. Dr. W.
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As we consider giving new life to "The Dream," we have to acknowledge that, in Dr. King's speaking and writing, "The Dream" does begin with God.
For without God, there is no absolute transcendent truth on which to base a call to justice. Nor is there any source from which to draw the strength to love about which he spoke. Martin Luther King's Shattered Dream - Martin Luther King's Shattered Dream "I have a dream" is a phrase heard by more than , Americans on August 28, , and since then, Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I have a dream" has resonated through millions of heads and thoughts in the world.
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“The Christian religion is a parody on the worship of the sun, in which they put a man called Christ in the place of the sun, and pay him the adoration originally payed to the sun.” – (Thomas Paine).