Having grown up in the 40s and 50s, in the segregated city of Milwaukee, I have seen separate eating areas and rest rooms for African American’s. I’ve seen the race riots and the result of man’s brutality towards his fellow man. I’ve witnessed, first hand, the destruction of neighborhoods and property, looting, violence all in the name of freedom. Thank God things have changed, but inhumanity continues as it will until Jesus returns to judge the world.
When Martin Luther King so eloquently delivered his “I have a dream” speech, he referred to the day when all men would be equal. That day is not here yet and won’t be until we reach our heavenly home, but because of our freedom from the manacles of sin, we have a responsibility. Freedom always comes at a price, but truly being free means being thankful for that freedom.
Today we continue to see inequality, prejudice and hatred – all results of sin. If we are to really change that, we need to unite as a nation and stop waiting for someone else to do the job. Christians, especially, have the obligation to teach the love of Jesus and the peace He brought to the entire world.
Our country has changed a lot in the last 50 years. Some of our freedoms seem to be vanishing, some of them remain but have become tarnished, but we are still the greatest nation in the world. May God continue to bless America and let her freedom ring throughout the world, and with thankful hearts, let us look forward to the day when we receive the true benefits of being free at last.
Thanks be to Jesus who paid the price.