Today we celebrate a man who changed the discourse in our country about an entire people group. With a beautiful dream and years of hard work, Martin Luther King Jr. made our country see black men and women as valuable.
They were not and are not beneath any other member in our society. Our fellow African American citizens stand equal in rights, worth, and dignity. That’s the wonderful dream he possessed and message he passed on.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s speech embodied the messages of both the Imago Dei (Image of God) and Biblical Justice.
Image of God:
As Christians we believe men and women possess infinite worth not because the color of their skin or the ability to perform certain tasks. People are valuable because they are made in the image of God.
God’s fingerprints are all over creation and none more evident than humanity. My question is do you see the same beauty in all races as God sees? If not, your vision needs correction.
Throughout the Old and New Testament we see justice most often as restorative. Meaning that living justly is to fight for those who can’t fight for themselves, and work toward restoring their dignity back to the original Imago Dei.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. fought and sacrificed to give a voice to those who didn’t have one. While white America views the past fondly, African Americans remember slavery, the inability to vote, or choose which fountain to drink from. King broke down those discrepancies and fought for equality.
He helped pave the way to establish justice for people in our country who previously had never received any restoration. He battled for the hurting, gave a voice to the voiceless, and broke down walls of oppression.
Biblical Justice demands we do the same.
The only way you can be a voice for the voiceless is if you listen carefully to those hurting the most. Are you willing to listen?