We Need a Dream Too! – Inspiration from Martin Luther King Jr
I don’t just want to remember Martin Luther King Jr today, but I want his words to inspire us to take a hold of God’s dream for this world. We see pictures of God’s dream through the seers and prophets of old where peace and justice flourish and the wolf and the lamb lie side by side. We need to let the same spirit that filled Martin Luther King Jr fill us so that we might allow God’s dream for a new world to envelop our life. Let me share some of my favorite quotes from MLK which I trust will inspire you to dream God’s dream for this world and live in line with that future.
“An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.”
“Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or the darkness of destructive selfishness. This is the judgment. Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?”
“Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.”
“All too many of those who live in affluent America ignore those who exist in poor America; in doing so, the affluent Americans will eventually have to face themselves with the question Eichmann chose to ignore: How responsible am I for the well being of my fellows? To ignore evil is to become an accomplice to it.”
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
“It is still one of the tragedies of human history that the ‘children of darkness’ are frequently more determined and zealous that the ‘children of light.’
As I dwell on these words I’m reminded of the vision that John the seer gives us on new creation – where God makes all things new. He doesn’t make all new things, but makes all things new. In other words, God redeems the world. In N.T. Wrights words, “God does for the world what he did for Jesus at Easter – a re-embodiment, a new vibrant life which does not decay or corrupt, a world in which justice and peace overflow like milk and honey in the promised land, where all of creation is renewed.”
In God future there is no more death, no more mourning, no more pain, no more loneliness. N.T. Wright reminds us that the “Spirit is given to begin the work of making God’s future real in the present. Just as the resurrection of Jesus opened up the unexpected world of God’s new creation, so the Spirit comes to us from the new world, the world waiting to be born.”
As we chew and digest God’s words about the future, He will give us dreams worth dying for, for you haven’t began to live unless you have found something worth dying for. You can see in this short video of Martin Luther King Jr’s last words, (given one day before he was assassinated) that he knew his time was short. And while he didn’t see his dream come to fruition before his death, he clearly saw it by faith. What are we seeing by faith? We need a dream too!
Here are a few great sites with rich resources about Martin Luther King Jr:
- Martin Luther King Jr – Historic Speeches and Interviews
- Stanford’s Martin Luther King Jr – Research and Education Institute
- The Seattle Times – Martin Luther King Jr and the Civil Rights Movement