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Let’s All Have A Dream!

Today I want to talk to you a bit about Martin Luther King, Jr. and the implications of his “I have a dream” speech that was delivered on August 28, 1963. Now I am not a history buff, nor do I typically write about it but today I felt inspired by this man. Let me be honest, I didn’t even realize that today was Martin Luther King, Jr. day until I realized no mail was coming. However, maybe this was a good thing because it made me look deep into the situation and I decided to explore further. Let me share what I have come up with.

A Holiday that is a Gift

Okay, let me first start by posting a disclaimer. I realize Christmas is a gift and I don’t want anyone to feel like I’m discrediting it by declaring another holiday as a gift as well. Now that’s out of the way, a lot of times we think about giving gifts to celebrate a holiday. In this case, the holiday actually is the gift. It’s a reminder to stand up for what we believe in and to pursue our dreams; no matter how big or small they may appear to us.

What Martin Luther King, Jr. did took a lot of guts. He put his dream out there with courage and poise for everybody to see. He also did it with extreme eloquence. He knew his dream was bigger than him alone, so he shared it with those that would listen. Not just for his own good, but for the good of everyone he could possibly reach.

He Walked the Walk

Something that has really caught my attention is that his father, Martin Luther King, Sr., was actually born Michael King, but later adopted the name we know him by after Martin Luther, the German friar, Catholic priest, and theology professor. Now to me this is something special. I mean, why would a black man take on the name of a German friar? It was because he believed in something bigger and was not concerned about the issue of race, but rather the mission at hand. He honored a man who he wanted to follow and then built on that legacy. This of course was passed down to his son who we are honoring.

Martin Luther King, Jr, proved the worth of all mankind on that day in August. How you may ask? Well, this is just my two cents, but he proved the intelligence and worth of the black community by representing it in such an upright and honorable manner. He also delivered a powerful message that no rational thinking human could argue with. To me, that in itself proved the worth and dignity the black community deserves and more.

His Dream Today

Unfortunately I feel people have lost touch with that famous speech. Black people are being treated unfairly, and they are feeling the need to fight back. My message to the black community is to “step back” for a second and “refocus” on what Martin Luther King, Jr’s message was. He didn’t want calamity or revenge. He wanted peace, understanding, and unity. Likewise, we need to lift up the black communities and help them rebuild. Many times we get acting out due to unnecessary oppression. Just my two cents again.

Final Thought

What Martin Luther King, Jr. did was heroic. He stood up for a cause and in the end he died for what he believed. Let’s honor this man’s dream today, tomorrow, and everyday and bring peace back into our world, because this shouldn’t just be his dream, but our dream as well. Thank you for reading and God bless.

In Honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. who died by assassination on April 4, 1968 at age 39.

Romans 12:18 If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.

What is your dream? How can you make it happen? Believe!

About Joel Bauer

Joel M. Bauer is a 45-year-old U.S. Army Veteran from Dunn, NC, which is just outside of Raleigh. After being honorably discharged from the U.S. Army, he attended school at Taylor University, a Christian liberal arts school, in Fort Wayne, IN, where he received his BS in social work and psychology. He has worked in such places as a homeless shelter, a community based treatment center for severe mental illnesses, a school for troubled students, and other social service agencies. His current endeavor is to build The Bottom Line website into a site that inspires both Christians and non-Christians alike, and brings glory to God.

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  1. Joel, I’m sure you’re not alone in forgetting Luther’s holiday. I can name at least one other person… Me!

    Great article. They say great mind think alike, I also wrote about Luther.

    My dream: I’m making one of my dreams happen right now. To God be the glory.

    • Amelia,

      I felt bad, but then it made me take some time to reflect on his contributions. I felt it was appropriate to write an article in honor of him. Glad you’re making your dreams happen. God bless.

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