Monday, January 18, 2010

"I have a dream..."

Today our country celebrates the life of a man who stood up against injustice. A man who would not sit and be quiet about great atrocities that were taking place in our nation. A man who valued the life of every single person... no matter color of skin, age, country of origin. A man who put his faith in God, sought God's direction for his daily life, and was unashamed to say so. A man who didn't water down his words towards those he fought against. A man who didn't say one thing and then do another.

"If a man hasn’t discovered something that he will die for, he isn’t fit to live."  ~MLK

"We must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can't ride you unless your back is bent."  ~MLK

"To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing."  ~MLK

"Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase."  ~MLK

"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."  ~MLK

"In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends."  ~MLK

"Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, “What are you doing for others?"  ~MLK

"The measure of a man isn’t where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."  ~MLK

"Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity."   ~MLK

"The time is always right to do what is right."  ~MLK

I think it's interesting to see how far we have come since Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's speech. I also think it's interesting to see how far we have crumbled as a nation. 
Many leaders will stand today and give speeches about King that will attempt to align their morals with his.

But the proof is contrary. 

Leaders will stand today and, in grand words and smooth rhetoric, say they value life and hardworking principles and freedom of the people and peace, just like King.

But the proof is contrary.

Our nation is not standing up for life. 
We are promoting death.

Our nation is not standing up for hardworking principles. 
We are promoting dependency on government.

Our nation is not promoting freedom of the people. 
We are promoting enslavement by debt and increased taxes and entrenched government.

Our nation is not standing up for peace.
We are promoting division through political agenda and corrupt media.

Those who share the same skin color as King will preach about "us" and "our people." But, I do not think King would agree. Because "us" and "our people" is not something that falls along skin color. It falls along moral principles and what you stand for. 

Dr. Martin Luther King's "people" are those who stand up for injustice. Who straighten their backs and work hard to earn an honest living and raise their family in our great nation. Who value life... no matter what stage it is in.

It is not about color of skin or political position or the fact that you're fighting for this country to stand up for what you want.

It's about your faith, your morals, and what it is you're fighting for this country to stand up for.

I choose life. I choose faith. I choose freedom.

I stand as one of King's people.

Where do you stand?

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