We celebrate the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s infamous “I Have a Dream” speech this week. He should have taught us all something deeper than what we see on the surface. Many aspects of his life message could be the focus of much more than this blog. Here is a taste of what he taught me; A Male, over 40, white, raised in East Texas. . . please do not apply stereotypes.
His life message was at a time of social turmoil. He was the spokesperson of the Civil Rights Movement. Wherever he went, he was birthing a vision given to him. He was speaking life into those who needed it. He was doing this because he grew intolerant of the oppression toward the people he loved. He grew intolerant seeing injustice toward the people he prayed over. He grew intolerant hearing of the abuse and down-casting of the people who were just like him. While he knew who he was and to Whom he belonged, he wanted those whom he encountered to be the same.
The reason he grew so intolerant is that he saw greatness in people. He saw the people he loved struggling to live a life that Christ intended us to live. When he saw that potential of life trodden under foot, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. grew intolerant. He stood up. Spoke. Opened our eyes to see differently and therefore live (hopefully) in a different way than ever before. He empowered an entire generation to be greater than their surroundings, greater than their circumstances and even rise above the oppression. If you listen to his speech closely, he wasn’t against anyone. What he was against were the principalities at work.
This is a man who understood what Paul was talking about in Ephesians 6:12-20. That we do not battle against flesh and blood, but against principalities.
Both men are calling us to grow intolerant of those. Both men are empowering us to be more than conquerors through Christ Jesus.
Before we are able to call others to be intolerant, we have to grow intolerant concerning our own souls. All throughout the Psalms, David clearly spoke to his own soul. We have an enemy that is adamant and crafty, desiring to sift us as wheat. Christ empowered us to stand up. Speak. Open our eyes to see our surroundings differently and therefore live differently. We have the source of power and authority living in us. That same power and authority that conquered the grave is inside of us. Dr. Martin Luther King was begging us, no matter the demographic, to be more than conquerors over all sorts of things, even if it is ourselves.