From the Pastor's Pen
Monday, January 16, 2017
Every third Monday of January, we pause to celebrate the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s dream and ideologies. We all can recite portions of his "I Have a Dream" or "Drum Major" speeches, but do we realize and recognize what his words really mean? Do we truly understand what Dr. King's fight meant and still means to us as a people?
It was the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who fought for the least, lost, left out and looked over. It was the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who stood up to the "Political" Giants in his fight for equality, civil and voting rights.
Do we recognize that his dream is still not a reality?
In this season of political divisiveness, it is important to recognize and realize who and what we are celebrating and why this must not just be a day off but a day of organizing and strategizing.
Dr. King died for striking garbage workers and implored the government to protect those who were endangered. Dr. King had a message for those who would target immigrants or desired to wall off America from the rest of the world.
Dr. King admonished us that we must be intentional and ecumenical in our relationships and be responsible for developing a better world for all.
Dr. King dared to be different and I challenge each of us to dare to be different. No longer can we do business as usual; no longer can we just go along to get along. We must dare to be different!
No longer can we just sit on the sidelines and let life pass us by but we must become an active participant in a Revolution for Rights and Righteousness. We must dare to be different!
We must start now reaching back and grabbing our youth and children by the hand and help them to see a better tomorrow. We must lay aside our differences, join together and work together in that which binds us together. We must dare to be different!
We must hold our elected officials and leaders accountable. We must attend our children's PTA meetings and Parent Teacher Conferences. We must dare to be different!
We must sound the alarm and start now "registering" and getting out the vote for the 2020 midterm elections. We must demand that our young adults become active and productive people in our communities; we must start to shop and support those in our community and demand they put back into the community and provide economic opportunities and development. We must dare to be different!
We must look ourselves in the mirror and honestly decide if we are part of the problem or are we going to be the change and change agent we are looking for. I challenge you to dare to be different!