You Can Dare To Dream: Martin Luther King, Jr. Gods Visionary

“18 Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.”

Proverbs 29:18

My dear ones in Christ,

As I was reading through the Old Testament, I realized God always had a man or woman to fulfill His purpose and bring forth righteousness and freedom for His people. I will mention Abraham, Noah, Moses, Joshua, Gideon, Deborah, Esther, and King David. The list goes on and on of righteous men and women that God rose up to fight for truth, the Word of God, and righteousness. God still calls men and women to stand for truth, and in the heart of the South, God rose up such a visionary who fought with words, love, and righteousness.

Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. was that man. Born in Georgia in 1929, He was deeply rooted in his faith, love of the Bible, and Jesus Christ. (1) King was a “devoted minister. He never abandoned his faith, but rather, drew on it as a source of courage in challenging times.” (2) His powerful speech was anointed by Father God who states Christ came to set men free (Galatians 5:1).

God says without dreams or visions; the people perish; God gave King the courage to dream (Proverbs 29:18). Perhaps God has given you a dream; take hope and have faith because MLK Jr’s dream changed the nation and world.  

Below please read parts of his speech, “I Have A Dream.”

“…So even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day down in Alabama with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of interposition and nullification, one day right down in Alabama little Black boys and Black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers. I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.

This is our hope. This is the faith that I go back to the South with. With this faith, we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.

This will be the day when all of God’s children will be able to sing with new meaning: My country, ’tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrims’ pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring.

And if America is to be a great nation, this must become true. And so let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire. Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York. Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania. Let freedom ring from the snowcapped Rockies of Colorado. Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California. But not only that, let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia. Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee. Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi. From every mountainside, let freedom ring.

And when this happens, and when we allow freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, Black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual: Free at last. Free at last. Thank God almighty, we are free at last.” (3)

God bless you all. May all of us have the courage to stand fast for what is right, and hold tight of our dreams.

Till we meet again,

Chaplain AB




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