“We Are All One”
There is a quote taken from the famous speech “I Have a Dream” given by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, on August 28, 1963. “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.” Many things have changed since this quote was eloquently uttered by Martin Luther King. The United States of today is a much different place. Though many of the things that Martin Luther King peacefully fought for have been accomplished, yet there are areas of growth where improvements are needed. Prejudism of all types, (racial, against women, children, youth, ethnic groups which are not large enough to be recognized, and even reversed prejudism) still exists in our society and many times among Christians.
Long before Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream Speech” and before the “…all men are created equal…” quote was penciled into the Declaration of Independence of the United States, someone, inspired by God, wrote the following:
“There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” (Galatians 3:28)
1. God values people of all nationalities equally.
2. God loves people of all ethnicities the same.
3. God sees no difference in rank among people with different occupations.
4. There aren’t “little people” in the eyes of God.
5. God does not regard men as more important than women.
6. Before God, all people, regardless of background, gender, age, and profession are Very Important People.
As you live on remember to love people just because they are people, that’s what Jesus does. Do not discriminate because of their color (whether very black, very white, or very anything in between), God created us different and beautiful. In your daily life, be careful not to ignore the qualifications of a person because she is a woman, or because he is too young, or perhaps too old. When a child needs your attention, don’t think of the fact that kids don’t have influence or money, do your best for the child, after all, children are VIPs in the eyes of God. Even if your culture says different, don’t forget that for those of us who believe in Jesus, the teachings of the Bible are above culture and tradition.
On this day, as we commemorate the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., someone who fought against prejudism and advocated civil rights, someone who was able to influence great change in our society, I challenge myself and you, the reader, to make some great changes in our lives. Let’s live a prejudice-free life, filled with love, kindness, and compassion for all people. Next time you feel tempted to discriminate, overlook, ignore, or simply treat someone differently because of their color, nationality, gender, age, profession, among other things, remember, Martin Luther King, Jr. had a dream. More than anything, keep in mind, this dream originated in the heart of God, “in Christ we are all ONE.”
Prayer: My God, more than anything I want to be a Christian, a true follower of Jesus. Help me to love people and value each one, like you do, regardless of background, gender, color, nationality, and age. Thank you for your unconditional love for me and for those around me. AMEN.
Originally posted on January 17, 2011