A Biblical Look at Martin Luther King’s Dream



For years we look at civil right leaders and politicians to pass laws and new policies to address and resolve the painful issue of racism.  The civil right movement was powerful enough to influence the politicians in our nation and force them to change laws, implement policies, establish rights, expand opportunities and fight for equality.  They have indeed done a remarkable job! However, it is evident that racism continues to be a very sensitive topic in this country, judging by the reaction that insensitive racial comments provoke in our society.

On August 28, 1963, from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, Dr. King delivered what is consider by many, the most powerful and beautiful speech in the history of the United States, the  “I Have a Dream Speech”. As I prepare for this article, I decided to listen to Dr. King’s famous speech once again. I went online searching for this video and found many. I also found a disturbing note attached to one of these videos that reads: “Comments disabled since many of them were hateful and racist…”  “Where did the dream go? Are we fighting an uphill battle? Would that dream ever become a reality?”

Today, I am challenging the “Church” in America (Blacks, Whites, Latinos, Asians, Jews, etc.) to take a deeper look at these issues and to refuse to fall into what has become The Lucrative Business of Civil Rights.  Many are hiding behind the attractive platforms of the outer shell fight against racism to display their hate for America with fancy words in the form of dynamic speeches. They have personal agendas that have nothing to do with the teachings of Dr. King. They are false prophets carrying empty ecumenical titles to legitimize the venom of what they are standing for. Sadly, people are becoming members of churches all across America supporting this ungodly and unbiblical movement where hating and cursing America is acceptable and applauded under a shadow of a Gospel that is nowhere to be found in the Bible.

It is understandable for the secular world to address these issues in this matter. However, we, God’s people, must look at the issue of racism from a Biblical prospective. Not one policy, not one law against racial discrimination is able to change the human heart. We must also point out that, #1. Racism is a sin and #2. Racism is not exclusively an American abnormality. The website “allaboutpopularIssues.org” tell us: “Racism world-wide is manifested in every continent.”

Not only that racism is manifested all over the world, racism was also one of the first issues found in the primitive church. (Galatians 2:11-14) Paul called this behavior “Hypocrisy”. If you are the pastor of a church in America and the majority of your people look like you or like each other and you are not making any efforts to promote the unity of the Body of Christ, you are carrying on the banner of that same hypocrisy. There is no Biblical room for segregation in the church.

“Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.” (Col 3:11)

While among the Christian community there is no room for racism, the reality is that racism will intensify in the world; it is part of the end time social reality. Jesus said in Matthew 24:7

“For nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom…”

The word “nation” comes from the Greek word “ethnos.” It is from where we get the word “ethnic” which can be defined as, “Relating to a group or groups in society with distinctive cultural traits.” What Jesus is telling us in Mathew 24:7 is that an ethnic group will rise against another. We may ask, is Dr. King’s dream hopeless? It is clear, according to Scripture, that for the world it is. We will see more hate manifesting among ethnic groups, not only in America, but around the world as we approach the last days. However, among God’s people; God’s holy nation; the dream lives and will come to pass by the power of the Holy Spirit and by the force of willing vessels and hearts. The world will finally be able to see that we are disciples of Christ by our color blind love for one another.

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.

By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:34-35)

Martin Luther King documentary:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJOV-rUPGCE

7 thoughts on “A Biblical Look at Martin Luther King’s Dream

  1. Picture this if you can: “After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could count, from every nation and all tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes” (Rev 7:9). Awesome! We get to be a part of that. It takes folks from every tongue, tribe and nation that ever lived to make up His body. Our distinctions are expressions of Jesus Himself. Look for Him in those who aren’t like you and see what you learn of Him in and through their perspectives. Ask Him to show you. Let’s not be so self-protective of our own ways so as to want others to be just like us. He made us different. Let’s appreciate those differences. Evidently we will take them into eternity with us because we are all, somehow, expressions of His glorious nature. Think about this in terms of “oneness” in the Body. Oh what we have to look forward to!!!

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  2. Martin Luther King Jr. said it best: “We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.”

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  3. I have said it many times from the pulpit that the church of America today is probably the most segregated, racist place overall. It is not a matter of loving others but it is a matter of really loving God. The problem overall in the church is that we do not love God. Until people really love and worshhip God we can not and will not love others. Our churches need to reflect that ALL people’s of ever race and origin are welcome with in their doors! May we see this happen in the local church today because it would be reflective of the Kingdom of God!

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  4. Reblogged this on angelcasiano.com and commented:

    On August 28, 1963, from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, Dr. King delivered what is consider by many, the most powerful and beautiful speech in the history of the United States, the “I Have a Dream Speech”. As I prepare for this article, I decided to listen to Dr. King’s famous speech once again. I went online searching for this video and found many. I also found a disturbing note attached to one of these videos that reads: “Comments disabled since many of them were hateful and racist…” “Where did the dream go? Are we fighting an uphill battle? Would that dream ever become a reality?”

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  5. I honestly believe there is more racial tension today than there was two years ago. I am NOT placing blame anywhere or on anyone or on any group in particular. There are a lot of varying factors that contribute to it but it is sad to say I believe it is indeed the truth. I pray that these walls of racism and segregation within the church are torn down. I continue to try very hard in our area to build relationships and friendships with people of various races as best as I can. It continues to stick in my mind what you said to me several years ago and I will paraphrase in quotes, “If you want to truly break down the walls of racism and glorify God then you must open up your home to people of other races and backgrounds. It doesn’t matter what type of fellowship you have at church but it matters who is allowed in your home.” Do you remember that my friend? I don’t think I said it as well as you but it continues to resonate within my soul. And yes, I have tried! 🙂

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