Over the past several years, I have shared very openly about racism. You see, as the momma of black and white sons, it is something I cannot ignore. As a follower of Jesus Christ, it is something I should not ignore. Racism, at it's very root, is ignorance. And I assure you, friend, it's very much present in our 'progressive, enlightened, open minded' society. We have not progressed to the point of being a people united. And it isn't because Civil Rights leaders haven't tried. It isn't because it's socially acceptable to be racist. Rather, it's because racism is about the fallen nature of human hearts, not the appearance of human skin.
Today, as we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr - his life, his accomplishments, his dream - we would err greatly to not recognize that at the very core of who he was, he was a follower of Jesus Christ. While many have stood for the cause of unity, it has rarely been with the grace and integrity of this great man. Why? Because his stance for unity and the recognition of the value of every person lied within his knowledge that we are each created by the Creator of the universe. We are each knit together in our mother's wombs, in His image. We are each created for a purpose, with a plan and a story authored by Father God.
We are also each born with a choice. A choice to acknowledge Him, or not. And even once we have surrendered to Him as our Lord and Savior, we are daily faced with the choice to love like Him, or not.
Our daughter told us the other day that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Day is her favorite holiday, besides Christmas. Not surprised, I asked her to explain why. Her reasoning was simple, after Jesus, he was her favorite hero. He stood for TRUTH in LOVE. He didn't shrink back or slander. He didn't relent and he didn't retaliate. He was first, a man of God. Which is why he led in the Civil Rights arena - and in life - well. He was a follower, who led others after the truth of the One he followed.
Below, I am sharing some of the posts I have written on facebook regarding racism in our current culture. We each have a responsibility to speak TRUTH in LOVE. I'd love to hear from you in the comments! How are you celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr today? What steps can you take in your life, and in your community, to spread love and take a stand for truth?
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How are you honoring Jesus and Martin Luther King Jr by standing against racism? Do you talk openly with your children and others about the realities and evils of racism? How do you guard against racism in your own heart?
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