Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Thank God for Dr. Martin Luther King and His Dream
And we know that all things, work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose.
For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
Moreover who he did predestinate, them he also called: and who he called, them he also justified: and who he justified them he also glorified.
As we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Junior's birthday and his great accomplishments let us take time to thank God. We thank You God for this day and for Your child Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, who gave his very life in order for us to have this historic opportunity.
Lord give us the wisdom to examine the words, actions, character, and deeds of all the Presidential candidates. Let us as a people use the standard that King so eloquently expressed. That standard requires that we judge each of them by the content of their character and not by the color of their skin.
Help us to make a wise decision as we cast our vote. A decision made not out of fear but out of trust and hope in You. Let us trust that You are the ruler of all the earth and that Your will and Word will be fulfilled.
Protect and guide President and Senator Clinton. We thank You for their contributions to the Democratic party in general and to Black America in particular. Give them direction and instruction for this time in their lives.
During an interview on Fox News Network, Hillary Clinton appeared to diminish the role that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. played in the civil rights movement. She said it was not hope inspired by King that made the difference but President Lyndon Johnson’s decision to fight for and sign the Civil Rights Act of 1964 into law.
In a comment responding to the entire context of Senator Clinton’s response to the role of Martin Luther King in the Civil Rights Movement Greg Gaylord wrote: “Hillary wants us to believe that LBJ would have signed the Civil Right Act without a popular mandate? Hillary wants us to believe that LBJ was more inspirational than Martin Luther King, Jr. Did LBJ have a dream? Other than POWER and the thirst to achieve power? President Johnson signing the Civil Right Act was momentous. But the blood, sweat, and tears of the movement was represented by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Hillary is not deserving of the power we entrust to a President. She seeks the office believing that it is power and not the hopes, desires and philosophies of civil leaders amongst us that truly changes our lives.”
Senator Clinton argued on "Meet the Press" that a president was needed in addition to the dream. I will give Hillary the benefit of the doubt and accept her explanation that President Lyndon Baines Johnson was the one who actually” passed the civil rights legislation.
Hillary has given Black America a reason to unite and vote for Obama. We have in Senator Obama the chance to elect a president that has the dream, hope, and vision to unite this country.
As president, Barack Obama will have the same opportunities and resources that were available to President Johnson when he signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964. He will also have the "dream" and the office of The Presidency to make real changes in our lives.
We have the chance of a life time, to witness the manifestations of the promises made by God to Martin Luther King and to our forefathers. We don’t have the luxury of time on our side. Senator Obama must win in South Carolina. God has given us this moment in time to use the vote to save ourselves.
Vera Richardson is the author of “A Case of Racial Discrimination and Retaliation Real or Imagined.”