On this Martin Luther King, Jr. day, it would be good to take a moment to pause, reflect and honor this man.
Martin Luther King Jr. was an extraordinary person. Not perfect but nevertheless, extraordinary. And as we pause, reflect, and honor this man…it would be prudent for us to consider how far we’ve come and how far we must go.
Clearly, we live in a much better world today in comparison to the days of slavery, lynchings, and Jim Crow. We live in a better day in comparison to the Japanese internment camps. We live in a better day in comparison to yesterdays when women weren’t allowed to vote.
There is much to celebrate…genuinely and sincerely.
But let’s not be fooled.
Let’s not fall asleep.
We have a long way to go.
We have much work to do.
We must keep pursuing and seeking the Kingdom of God. And to give one glimpse of how far we must go, I wanted to share (anonymously) with you some perspectives of children because while they may still be young of age, there’s something about their raw honesty and painful innocence that can challenge us.
I know because we have three children in our home…and sometimes, the questions they ask and comments they make. “Out of the mouths of…”
We have numerous teachers that attend Quest Church and one of them contacted me this week – heartbroken by many of the replies given by her students in response to the assignment to complete the sentence: “I have a dream…” Many of these teachers purposefully teach in low-income schools. I admire them, respect them, pray for them, and honor them…because what they do truly matter. They are living out the Gospel – and that’s often difficult to do in the public school systems but they do their best – in all their own personal brokenness – to love Christ and love on these children.
Here are some of their answers. I don’t know about you but I want our kids – all our kids, of every color, of every background – to be able to dream in ways that capture and fascinate their imagination…which is why there’s a deep poignancy in reading their “honest” dreams: Read the rest of this entry »