Today we celebrate the effort, bravery, and accomplishments of a man that paved the way to make my family possible. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke with determination and eloquence in his peaceful efforts to obtain equality for people with all shades of skin.
Notice I did not say all “races” because we are all one race. We did not evolve into different races with some being better than others. We are all descended from Adam and Eve and made in the image of God.
Read his “I Have A Dream” speech today (even if you have read it before).
As you read this speech, you can see how he calls on the founding fathers of our country and the Constitution. He called on reason, logic, and justice. Justice is not decided by a man’s proclamation or the writing of a new document, but rather justice is when our actions and our attitudes measure up to the standards of the Lord our God. It is our Creator that has established what justice is, not Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr., the men at the Birmingham lunch counter, or Rosa Parks on the bus. All of these people did great things, not to establish what justice is, but to show us how to meet the standard of justice that God has already set.
Because of the efforts of Martin Luther King Jr. and others, our society is so much better today – not perfect but certainly better. Nine years ago we adopted our first child. I love Elijah so much. If Martin Luther King Jr. had not stood up for his rights and the rights of all people, we would not have been able to adopt Elijah just because he has darker skin that I do.
So celebrate the legacy of this man, who was larger than life and willing to sacrifice so much, by treating everyone as if they were made in the image of God (because they were).