Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Senator Obama On Dr. King

Senator Barack Obama spoke yesterday at the groundbreaking for a new Martin Luther King Junior Memorial. Although I have serious political issues with spending federal dollars on memorials (other than Arlington Cemetery) the text of his speech was a fabulous tribute to the legacy of Dr. King's work. I have excerpted the best part below, or you can read the full text at Senator Obama's site.

Like Moses before him, he would never live to see the Promised Land. But from the mountain top, he pointed the way for us - a land no longer torn asunder with racial hatred and ethnic strife, a land that measured itself by how it treats the least of these, a land in which strength is defined not simply by the capacity to wage war but by the determination to forge peace - a land in which all of God's children might come together in a spirit of brotherhood.

We have not yet arrived at this longed for place. For all the progress we have made, there are times when the land of our dreams recedes from us - when we are lost, wandering spirits, content with our suspicions and our angers, our long-held grudges and petty disputes, our frantic diversions and tribal allegiances.

And yet, by erecting this monument, we are reminded that this different, better place beckons us, and that we will find it not across distant hills or within some hidden valley, but rather we will find it somewhere in our hearts.

In the Book of Micah, Chapter 6, verse 8, the prophet says that God has already told us what is good.

"What doth the Lord require of thee, the verse tells us, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?"

The man we honor today did what God required.
I think that we should praise God for those who live their lives and inspire us to live our lives in the challenge of Micah 6:8.

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