It’s the day the government has set aside to remember Martin Luther King Jr and his wonderful work to create racial equality in America. Its also a day that I get to travel to snowy Maine to work! Have a mentioned I love snow.
Anyway, its MLK day, so take some time to stop and think about racial harmony and racial tension. As follows of the Christ, sometimes this seems to be one of the hardest things for us to deal with for really unknown reasons. But this problems with differences is an issue that is discussed much throughout the history of mankind and also very much in the pages of our Bible.
For instance, Jesus, when asked “who is my neighbor”, tells the all familiar story of the Good Samaritan, a story that fundamental tells us that our neighbor is the person we hate – so go and show them mercy. He is telling us that everyone is you neighbor and that
” A person’s a person, no matter how small” – Dr. Seuss.
And we can’t forget the passage dealing with the oneness we have in Christ and how that unity crosses social, gender, racial, or any other barrier you want to create.
Galatians 3:27-29 (New International Version)
27for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
So today, honor Dr King, and spend some time thinking about how you are treating your neighbor ( is it as you treat yourself?)