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Thursday, August 28, 2008

Thoughts On "I Have A Dream"

On this day, in 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his famous "I have a dream" speech, in the shadow of that Greek temple dedicated to Abraham Lincoln. Now, King had some good things to say, and I agree with some of it, but I think the last few lines of his speech define the whole message:
".......When we allow freedom ring - when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children - black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics - will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual: "Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!"

The problem is that King was looking at freedom as an end in and of itself, not a means to an end. As Christians, our duty is soley to glorify God and enjoy him forever. I believe that God intended us to glorify Him in freedom. We should strive for freedom, while ackowledging that it is a gift from God. But even the children of Israel were slaves for a time. I see not a few paralells between King's philosophy of freedom and the philosophy of the French Revolution.

When we lose faith in God and turn to man for the solution, slavery is always the result.

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Blogger Son3 said...

Very well said.

Deo Vindice

August 28, 2008 at 3:55 PM  
Blogger Ana Smith said...

Exodus is usually referenced to in discussions on freedom. My school study guide I'm using this year for the book of Exodus put forth something interesting:

"Exodus makes it clear that complete freedom is never a biblical goal. Israel is not freed from Egypt so that they can do whatever they please. They are freed from Egypt so they can work on the Lord's house. They are free from Pharaoh so they can become slaves to another King."

Great post, Stephen!

August 28, 2008 at 7:11 PM  
Blogger Stephen Boyd said...

Thanks for the comments!

Ana: That is very interesting, thank you for sharing that.

I guess we should view freedom the same way we should view perfection, something to be sought after but never attained.

August 28, 2008 at 8:19 PM  

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