The Dream Today
In the news today it is easy to see that ethnic tension and conflict is an issue all around the world. Even though it is clear through scripture that these things will take place in the world, I believe that the United States of America should be an exception. Our nation was built on the principles of God’s word and founded on the premise that all men are created equal. Division, strife, hatred and prejudice are works of the evil one and have no place within the construct of our nation. Even though we as a nation have not always lived up to the standard that was lifted by our Constitution, we are pursuing it, and we must recognize that we have made a lot of progress.
As they were over 50 years ago, the words of Martin Luther King, Jr. are vitally important to both ponder and heed:
“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. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.
I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”
I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.
I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
I have a dream today!
I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of “interposition” and “nullification” — one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.
I have a dream today!
I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight; “and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together.“
My heart cries out to my brothers and sisters, White, Black, Hispanic, Latin, European, Asian, and every other race and color: Do not let the hatred, fear and prejudice of the few weigh heavier on your hearts than the progress that we have made as a nation, as a people, and as the world. Stay the course. Let us continue to build upon the foundations of unity and equality that have been lain before us.
In this stage of pursing The Dream as a people and as a nation, with our desire to foster the equality and freedom of all races, creeds, and religions in our country, let us each do our part to contribute to the forward progress of this dream. Let us not engage in and feed on the division, strife hatred and prejudice that comes from the pits of Hell, but let us fix our eyes on that wisdom that comes from above. Let us be encouraged that even though we have not yet attained The Dream, We the People have made a lot of progress and are progressing still. May your attitudes and actions build on that which will lead all races toward our ability to live The Dream today.
Luke L Laffin