Do you have a dream?

Today we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. day in our nation.  Today we celebrate a man who had a dream and dared to act upon it.  Today we celebrate an ordinary man who accomplished extraordinary feats because he dared to dream.  Dr. King went to the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC in August of 1963 to proclaim his dream.  “I have a dream that one day…”

Today, do you have a dream?  Do you dream that one day justice will roll on like a river and righteousness like a never failing stream?  Do you dream that there really can be liberty and justice for all regardless of economics, ethnicity, race or gender?  Can we dare to dream that dream and act upon it?

Today our nation remains divided by the color of our skin as we fiercely debate whether someone who risked their life to enter this country or who stayed beyond their visa has the right to join in the American Dream.  Today our nation debates the merits of the war on poverty in a manner that says to those who are vulnerable justice is only for those who work hard and can afford to enter the system.  Today we continue to judge others by externals – wealth, race, ethnicity – rather than on the content of their character.

But today I continue to believe in a dream that one day we will realize that we are all members of one race – the human race.  I dream we will work for the good of all those who are part of that race.  I dream we will recognize the responsibility we have as the wealthiest nation on earth to steward our resources toward the betterment of mankind.  I dream that we will stop focusing on areas that divide us and that we will look to areas of common interest to live up to our ideals of liberty and justice for all.

Dr. King set out a bold vision 51 years ago.  Today an African American occupies the White House revealing that dreams can come true.  But no dream is ever realized without action.  Dare to dream, but true courage requires action.  Dream of hope.  Dream of neighbors who demonstrate love for the poor and vulnerable regardless of race or status.  Dream of providing help and hope to those in need.  Then do something about it!  Join with others and start a gospel justice center in your church or neighborhood.

Dreams can come true.  I dare to dream the American dream.  I dream that one day we will come together to provide liberty and justice for all.  I dream one day we will loose the chains of injustice and set the captive free.  I dream that we will love mercy and seek justice.  I dream that we will boldly march against injustice.  I dream that we will go and do likewise.