This post is in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.
On this day April 4th, 1968 King was in Memphis supporting a sanitation worker’s strike. And this is what most of us don’t realize: that assassin’s bullet was intended for a radical. King’s dream was much bigger than holding hands and singing cumbayah. It was much bigger than being politically correct. It was much bigger than getting a three day weekend for everyone and a street named after him. It was a radical dream of justice.
How far have we come toward realizing King’s dream?
While society as a whole looks down on racism it has now turned into something that is hard to define much less accuse someone or an institution of. It is hard to believe that in 2012 we have incidents such as these:
In the areas of materialism we have not made any important strides and have actually grown worse over the years.
Our priorities reflect this:
The richest 5% (United States, Europe, Japan) spend more globally on pet food, ice cream and perfume than basic social services like health care and basic education for all. Read more http://www.globalissues.org/issue/235/consumption-and-consumerism
On that note, global military spending has reached a gargantuan 780 billion USD! Around the world we spend more on taking life than helping people live!
There has been significant progress in overcoming the triple threat to human flourishing-racism, materialism, and militarism-we still have a long way to go. While it would be nice to imagine what King would do if he were here I want to encourage anyone reading this to think about what they are doing to honor King’s vision right now. How are you living life so that every one lives under their own vine and fig tree (1 Kings 4:25)? Are you living so that nations
“shall beat their swords into plowshares,
and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation,
neither shall they learn war anymore; (Micah 4:3 ESV)