Today our children cannot imagine a place where black people weren’t allowed to use the same rest rooms as white folks; where there were schools that wouldn’t accept blacks onto their campuses; where only whites played professional sports, had the most influential jobs, or could become president of the United States.
When Martin Luther King uttered the above words, there was a deep division between black and white in our country – a division that created prejudice on both sides.
Strides were made, but it seems that in the past few years our country is again being split in two with intolerance as well as political correctness. How sad that we have come so far and yet fallen so far back.
Are we merely sticks of wood carved into make believe people? Are our minds nothing but blocks and our bodies controlled by the leaders of our nation? I don’t believe that’s the case. We are clear thinking people with many of the same goals in life, no matter what our religion or race. It’s time to put our brains to work again – to start thinking for ourselves – to hold to the tenets we believe in – and to move on – together!
A couple thousand years ago, another man made a similar statement, but His words can cut through the darkness of intolerance with an insight into man’s inequality towards each other and still give hope to a world that continues to wallow in the shadows.
John 8:12 says, “Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
If we are ever to move forward – away from intolerance – and still have a voice, the only place to turn is from darkness to light. The Light of the world – Jesus.