Speak Up & Speak Out! Taking the mask off of injustice and exposing the truth.
"But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. And so, we've come to cash this check, a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice." -Martin Luther King Jr. I Have a Dream Speech
These words spoken by M.L.K jr. have resonated in millions of Americans hearts since he declared, "Let Freedom Ring" on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. And although these words were spoken in 1963, in a time where racism and division were running ramped, I believe these words were written for today, as well. America needs to wake up and realize the error of her ways. With The Fourth of July just around the corner, I'm reminded once again that our country, though we have made mistakes, is not too far gone to realize those mistakes and create a new path.
Our nation is divided. We have become a culture so obsessed with justice and "getting even" that we've walked away from each other. We've blocked anyone out that might think or see the world differently than we do. I see the scowls in peoples eyes as they look out at the world and it brings my heart to its knees when I think about the words Martin Luther King spoke all those years ago. He even quoted The Declaration of Independence in his speech, "We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal".
I'm not ignorant. I know that in order to see real change, we have to be the change. It takes all of us working together, not fighting against one another in an effort to be heard. News flash? The louder everyone screams, the less we can hear. This post isn't all about the issue with racism. It's about all injustice. Human trafficking is at an all time high and pedophilia is becoming the common norm in our society. Where do we draw the line? Wake. Up. America! It's time to pave new ground and "set up new guards for our future security" (Declaration of Independence). We need to do better. We have to do better. If we don't, our forefathers died in vain. Martin Luther King died in vain. Our military (past and present) has died in vain.
I believe this is the time to make a choice. We can either continue down a path of self-righteousness, screaming as loud as we can to make our voices heard, or, we can quiet the noise and listen to another person. All it takes is one. I challenge you this week to take some time and listen to someone with an opposing view. Hear their heart. As a christian, I hold my own beliefs, but I will never tear someone else down for theirs. That's not winning anyone to Jesus, thats pushing them father away. I can see why the world looks at us with hatred - because we have looked at the world the same way. If you've been hurt by the church in anyway, I'm so sorry. Jesus didn't say come when you're perfect, he said come as you are. We're all imperfect. We all have that one thing that we're ashamed of. Jesus said to run to him with all of our crap and he died for you when you were separated from him.
I hope that whoever is reading these words will hear my heart because I've seen so many people affected by the choices that the world is making right now. At this current moment in time, nothing has changed from the time that Thomas Jefferson penned our independence letter to Britain or from the time that M.L.K stood on those sacred steps. The problems that have always been there (the problems that countless people have made the ultimate sacrifice for) are still there. So what are we going to do about it? If we continue down this path, our grandchildren's grandchildren will still be fighting the same war.
Speak up. Speak out. But don't forget to listen.