In light of the unmistakeable reality of Man’s sin, we will never fully realize “Liberty and Justice for All.” So, should we despair with the masses, hunker down in our insulated nests, and distract our weeping souls with endless trivialities?
It’s an option, but not a satisfying one.
On this day, we celebrate a mere man who was animated by hope. Hope in the potential reality that oppression and despair can be alleviated by fellow human beings who refuse to accept present realities, and are willing to risk change by intentional acts of courage.
What limits other mere men or women, ordinary teachers, nameless lawyers, stay-at-home-moms, marginalized ministers, immigrant engineers, to take a stand for justice in our day? Has there been an erosion of confidence in Hope?
We witness bickering, finger-pointing complaints from all sides of society. But we rarely observe simple actions that cause ripples of good. Do you respect MLK Jr. for what he did? If not, why not? If so, what are you doing to help the “movement” cascade like a heavenly waterfall unto all the ends of the Earth?
On this day, I’m humbled by the sacrifice of a mere man, an ordinary sinner like me, who gave his life as a ransom for others. Why did he do it? What filled him with such certain hope that Justice could prevail? At the core of all his thoughts and actions was the settled belief that the Man of Sorrows knew his grief, knew it so intimately, that he too gave himself as a ransom. A ransom for all who cry out in despair for the light of Hope to fill their lives, and liberate them from the oppression of Sin, a cancer that has effected the whole human race and continually manifests itself in hatred.
On this day, the unmistakeable fact remains that one ordinary man lead a peaceful rebellion against the status quo, and an extraordinary event occurred. The world is better because of Martin Luther King Jr. Not perfect, just better. Our future rests in the hands of other ordinary efforts, and whether we see extraordinary good come of it depends on how many bickering complainers we allow to have the last word.
May God give light and hope to many more ordinary men and women, so the Light of the World will become preeminent in all things.
What does the legacy of MLK Jr. mean to you? How much of his Dream has been realized in your opinion?