Are You Dreaming?
"I am not unmindful that some of you have come here out of great trials and tribulations. Some of you have come fresh from narrow jail cells. And some of you have come from areas where your quest -- quest for freedom left you battered by the storms of persecution and staggered by the winds of police brutality. You have been the veterans of creative suffering. Continue to work with the faith that unearned suffering is redemptive. Go back to Mississippi, go back to Alabama, go back to South Carolina, go back to Georgia, go back to Louisiana, go back to the slums and ghettos of our northern cities, knowing that somehow this situation can and will be changed. Let us not wallow in the valley of despair, I say to you today, my friends. And so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream."
-Martin Luther King Jr.
In light of the recent political season, which was disordered by hateful rhetoric, partisan agendas, and characterized by a tone of disarray, it's easy to be cynical about the state of our society or nation. It's easy to disengage. It's easy to point the finger at whomever you believe is the source of our current obstacles. But this weekend, as we remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., may we learn to cherish our place in history. Will we receive the blessing of our challenges with hope? Yes, we are entering a strange season in our history. Yes, we will be faced with new hurdles in our discourse about what we really desire as people created equal in the image of God. So, are we still dreaming and who do we dream to be? As people called by God's love from before we were born, as the prophet Isaiah wrote, do we still dream for equality? A reformed criminal justice system? An end to police brutality? Breakfast, lunch, and dinner for every child? That everyone should be treated equally and not discriminated based on gender or sexuality? The right to health for all people? Housing for every person? Equal pay for equal work? Peace in the military-industrial complex? A better climate and planet for our grandchildren?
Are you dreaming?