On the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, some fifty five years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., stood and spoke one of the most influential speeches to date. “Free at last, Free at last, Thank God almighty, we are free at last”.
It is a funny coincidence when something comes up in our homeschooling that my Bible Study has me learning about as well. Freedom is a unique word. A lot of times we know we are free, yet we live as if we are still chained to the floor with shackles. We live in constant fear or panic and our hearts are always in a state of worry. And for what? Worrying doesn’t solve one thing. In fact, Christ tells us to give all our burdens to Him.
Galatians clearly tells us in chapter 5, verse 1 that Christ has set us free. Dr. King fought so hard for freedom for everyone, not just select few, not just for his family, but for everyone. He had a passion that was evident when you read or listen to his iconic, I have a Dream speech. It brings chills to your backbone, to think that sadly some still live in that state of segregation and pain. I always remember that childhood song that said, Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world, red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in his sight, Jesus loves the little children of the world.
Jesus doesn’t look at us and see the color of our skin. He sees the quality of our heart, the words that we speak, the thoughts that we think, the actions that we do (or sometimes the ones we don’t do).
Amen to this quote above. In the end, we are all going to the same Heaven if we have accepted Christ as our Savior. There is not going to be an African section, an English section, an Australian section or even a Vietnamese section. We are all going to praising God in the same church pews, and on the same gold lined streets.
Be proud of your differences. Be proud of the things that make you uniquely YOU! Meryl Streep once said, “The things that make us different or weird, are our strengths”. How very true. I don’t have to be like you and you don’t have to be like me. We can have differing opinions, and we can still love each other. I think we need to make a stand as children of Christ and empower and encourage each other. We need to not live in fear or constant worry of the past that doesn’t define our future or of the future that is not yet written. Our scars need to be celebrated because it tells our story. We may be bruised from our past but we can celebrate our future. We have a choice and we need to take a stand today. Take a stand for our children. Take a stand for our future. Take a stand to stand tall even if we are battered and bruised. Take a stand and get back up.
We need to drown out the negativity and be brave enough to stand tall in our quirks and differences. We can march to the beat of our own drum and still stand together holding hands as Dr. King envisioned no matter our race, our beliefs, our language, our bruises, our scars.
Will you stand with me today?
Will you take a stand for yourself and celebrate our differences?
Let us find freedom together.
Look out world, because here we come.