Monday, January 16, 2012

In Honor of Dr. King

Today is Martin Luther King Jr Day. I'll admit years ago I didn't have the depth of understanding of this day like I do now. Having experienced racism on a personal level because we chose to adopt cross culturally I have a new appreciation for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the message he fought to get across. The change he was trying to make in society. For people. For human beings. I'm grateful for his boldness, for the stand that he took, for the message he proclaimed.

As a white American I will never ever understand what it feels like to be black. I have as close of an understanding of what prejudice feels like because I am the mother of two black children and we've experienced it. Yet I will still never know what it feels like to be black in a white family. As we raise our children to love Jesus and that God loves us all equally and we are made in His image, HE is our defender, He is the one who matters and it is the bloodline of Jesus that is ours.

There is still the reality that we are raising a little black girl and a little black boy and the color of their skin matters to the outside world. I don't remember where I read it but the writers point was that to ignore what is so visible to everyone else is a bigger disservice then to acknowledge it. While my identity is in Christ, every one of my children's identity is in Christ we cannot ignore racism, we cannot ignore that we are a multi cultural family, and we cannot ignore that someday my black little boy and my black little girl will grow up to be a black man and a black woman MUST be a reality as David and I navigate parenting them. We must fight against racism, we need to educate others, challenge them, ask questions, and most of all point them to the cross. Jesus paid it all. All to Him I owe.

Today we will watch a documentary on Dr. King with our children, we'll talk about His stand, his speech, and the difference he's made in the world.

Because of his boldness we have come SO far as a nation. We still have so far to go. Here are a few of my favorite quotes from Dr. King, in honor of him today.

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. - MLK

Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase. - MLK

He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it. - MLK

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. - MLK

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 straight and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together. - MLK


Check out my post on this same topic from last year.

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