Dreams Do Come True!

“Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.”

Philippians 2:3

If you did a Google search this last week you would have found that the most popular topics were those that dealt with racism, justice, and equality. In other words a majority of people searching the internet were looking for answers on solving the issues that divide us. Almost everyone, Christian and otherwise who has ever written a book about humanity, race relationships, and systemic racism are being purchased in record numbers, and yet the book that may be overlooked but the one that holds the solution to the problem, is our Bible.

Systemic racism is a real problem in the world today. Are you aware that there is an even bigger problem than racism? Our value system is what leads a person to become a racist. God’s heart for humanity is that we would learn to value one another and our diversity as its the diversity of humanity that gives us a more complete understanding of the ourselves and the divine. Sadly, when we focus on the color of a persons skin rather than we do the content of their character we only perpetrate the problem. Martin Luther King Jr. understood this and addressed the issue in his now famous “I Have A Dream” speech where he boldly proclaimed,

“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."

One day when Jesus Christ returns to earth, Martin Luther King Jr’s dream will be fully realized. Until then, Christians all around the world are called to make it our daily prayer, “Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven” as we set out each day to live and love in Jesus name. Imagine a world where people simply preferred others well-being equal to our even greater than our own. What a world that would be, kind of like heaven on earth, or the realization of a dream come true.  

“Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.”

Philippians 2:4


Michael Osthimer





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