Today in the United States, we celebrate Martin Luther King Day. It is a federal holiday that promotes equal rights for all Americans regardless of their background. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a pastor, activist, humanitarian, and leader in the African-American Civil Rights movement. He advanced this movement by using nonviolent civil disobedience. One of his famous quotes still echoes through the corridors of time, "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."
Every parent would echo a hearty, "Amen" to that dream. We all want our children to have equal opportunities and to be given respect and dignity. This idea did not originate with Martin Luther King, Jr. - neither has the idea died with him. The idea was birthed in the heart of our Creator, God. He created all mankind equal in His sight. It is such a shame that we live in a world where we find it so difficult to accept difference. Some people find it difficult to accept people who are different to them. They cannot imagine how God could love everyone equally. How wrong they are! God's heart is full of love for all of mankind. As our heavenly Father, the Creator of all mankind, looks at His creation, I believe His heart longs for all of His children to be valued, respected, and loved regardless of background, color or creed.
So, on this day I stop to remind myself of a few important truths.
- God loves all people everywhere.
- There is nothing anyone can do to earn God's love - He loves us as we are!
- Our differences are what make us unique.
- There is no superior culture.
- All of mankind is sinful - every single human being needs redemption.
- Jesus died for everyone, everywhere!
We live in a world so full of hatred. Many times Christ followers struggle with the same issues as those who have not committed to follow Jesus. We despise the 'other.' I do believe that love is a far stronger force than hatred, and I believe that Jesus demonstrated His love for everyone when He died on a cross two thousand years ago.
So, on this day, as we remember the life of a great man, let us pause and reflect on the greatest life of all - Jesus! May His love permeate our hurting world. As His followers may we carry His love to all people everywhere - then the true message of Christ's coming will be revealed, "Peace on earth, goodwill toward all men."
May His love and His peace be your portion today!
I am and always will be,
Recklessly abandoned, ruthlessly committed and in relentless pursuit of Jesus,