Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Less Than 50 Years...

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.
You may not like that Barack Obama is now President Obama, but you can not deny that there is great wonder & a hint of the Divine in Martin Luther King's words becoming a reality in such a short time.
Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all.

Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. (Colossians 3:11-13, ESV)

Regardless of who you voted for, it's time to celebrate that the vision of Scripture is a little bit closer today. Now we must pray for our President & our nation with compassionate hearts, patient & forgiving rather than strident & bitter. We must live in hope - strengthened not by the victory of a particular party or candidate but by the victory of Jesus on the cross.

Once again, Dr. King:
With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.


Anonymous said...

Thank you for those words. I have to admit so many of my Christian friends are "strident and bitter" and that's NOT Christian. I saw your blog listed on Jim's post. I appreciate your sharing those words.

Mark (aka pastor guy) said...

Thanks, Anonymous... and thanks to Jim for mentioning this on FB.