“Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity.”
I saw the movie Lincoln the other night. If you haven’t yet seen it, I highly recommend the film. Lincoln displays the kind of fight and tenacity every man must garner if he is going to challenge oppression and fight for freedom. He fought with all he had to get the 13th Amendment passed, which brought forth the abolition of slavery in America.
Yesterday was Martin Luther King Jr. Day. MLK Jr. was another great abolitionist who fought for the freedom of a people. He fought with all he had to see the equality of man fully realized in America. “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.”
Today I pause to consider whether or not I have the same fight and tenacity in me that these resolute men had? Do I have the same courage and determined endurance to fight the injustices of my time?
“The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.” “It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment.” (Martin Luther King Jr). It is up to us to stand up and fight against injustice, to use our voice for the oppressed, and the time is now.
For the orphans of Kenya, who face extreme poverty and hopelessness, I will use my voice. For the sons and daughters of Cambodia, who are enslaved in the sex trade industry, I will use my voice. For the fearful children of Honduras, raised in poverty and surrounded by addiction and hate, I will use my voice.
The joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity is coming.
“Let us not wallow in the valley of despair, I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream.
I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.”
What is your dream? What will you fight for? Will you become a Voice of a Generation?