Posted by: jadanzzy | January 19, 2009

Where We Stand Today

Amongst the myriad posts today concerning the remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we here at Merging Lanes would like to be just one more voice.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was born 4 days ago in 1929, in a world vastly different from ours today. And in his greatest moments, he has been the voice of prophetic justice. The president(s) of the time must’ve been frustrated or scared by the sound of his lion-like voice. Racial inequality was (and unfortunately, still is) the horror that marred American history, from blacks to the Chinese to the native Americans.

We will have our first African-American president on Jan 20th, 2009 (tomorrow from the writing of this post). Joining African-Americans will be the countless numbers of Asians, Hispanics, Arabs, Jews, and whites in America celebrating a progress that I so very much wish Dr. King were still alive to see. If I could only understand the emotions of Joseph Lowry, or John Lewis.

Although racial discrimination has not breathed its last breath, it is left maimed. However, in our day, new injustices have taken center stage. Sexual inequality, gender inequality, and global inequality. America, although a bastion of hope for many, is also a symbol of evil to others. How do American Christians navigate their way through this? Or, more potently, why do we American Christians participate in our modern injustices?

Reading the Old Testament is hard for one who pines for justice for all. Could God really ordain the killing of thousands of innocent lives? Does not love and reconciliation stand on higher ground than violence and destruction as a sign of God’s indomitable power? Then why does America carry on the tradition of violence? Imperialism? Why allow… Israel… to wrestle no longer with God for blessing, but with evil for power? Why allow for millions of dollars to go overseas in conquest of goods and resources when there are millions here who could benefit? Why put so much hope in a president when our faith in a supposed good God is hard enough to grasp?

I wonder what Dr. King would shout about today? I wonder if he’d speak of dreams bigger than black and white. I wonder if he’d not stand on steps of the Lincoln Memorial, but in the streets of Gaza, or in the wreckage of Iraq, or in the Oval Office of the White House.

Let us not forget our prophets.

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Responses

  1. We don’t forget our prophets.

    We stone them. We ignore them.

    But we don’t forget them. The voice of God is not so easily silenced…


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