The Dawning of a KING'S Dream
Clenard H. Childress
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal and endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights such is life liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
This passage of our Declaration of independence is quoted by Dr. Martin Luther King in his prophetic speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. The title as many as you well know is "I have a Dream." To make it palatable to the masses God had King to say," I have a dream". I believe he could have said," I've seen a vision." The Civil Rights Movement was just that, a "Movement." God was intervening in the affairs of men to undo injustices and deliver the oppressed. Jim Crow laws and segregation were glaring proofs of America's hypocrisy. All men were not viewed as equal. All men were not given equal access to the American dream. Afro-American’s were denied privileges revoked and their communities terrorized to ensure their demeaning existence of second class citizenship. A movement from the Spirit of the Living God was necessary to bring in a new order and consciousness. A new order and consciousness that would dismantle oppressive regimes and break the chains of injustice. The church again would be the catalyst for change. The church that would obey the commands of the Savior to confront the culture and make their presence known in the Public Square. The Church would demand injustice to cease and the oppressed go free.
The Prophet King had an unwavering faith in God, the church and the Nation. These sentiments were often expressed in his Heart stirring sermons and speeches. His piercing homilies would often challenge the Church to live up to her high calling. He rebuked the sleeping church for its silence and cowardice in the face of injustice. He chided the church to return to its former grander and prowess.
In his letter from a Birmingham jail he said,'' In those days the church was not merely a thermometer that recorded the idea's and principles of popular opinion, it was a thermostat that transformed the mores of society. He also made this revelatory observation which gives our present generation the key to success. He said,'' They were too God-intoxicated to be astronomically intimidated". The "movement" produced spirit filled men and women just as it was in the day of Pentecost in the book of Acts. After the Holy Spirit came upon them they were a sign of the" new order''. They were witnesses of the new day. A people who would confront social injustice and religious bigotry. They were not drunk with wine as many supposed but they were filled with the spirit. " They were God intoxicated"
Dr. Martin Luther King's prophetic message illuminates God's will for our today. It is our hope! Dr. Kings Vision, his dream gives us hope for today but it must be mixed with faith. We must stand for the same principals. Now please take careful note.
Dr. King said this, "So I say to you my friends, that even though we must face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It's a dream deeply rooted in the American Dream, that one day this nation will rise up and live out it's creed. We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal". I have a dream or I had a vision. A vision of a land that matured and repented and began to parallel it's creed. To exemplify its declaration! A land where babies who are conceived in poverty are given the opportunity to pursue happiness. Children that may not be born in a happy state of affairs but are given the opportunity to pursue happiness for themselves.
This was so with many other Afro-Americans who were born in poverty! Don't lynch them in the womb. Don't deny them the opportunity of life, liberty and the pursuit of a meaningful life.
That truly would be a promised land.
Then he said this. "I have a dream that one day the sons of former slaves and the son's of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood". That vision was seemingly so futuristic at that time that many thought King was referring to the Great by and by. A place that the Bible calls heaven. The Black Panthers and Black Muslim’s of the era viewed Kings methods and words as irrelevant. They saw his hopes as a "pie in the sky" theology. But these were not visions of eternal bliss but of earthly fulfillment. It was not a dream of heaven's shore but a vision of our immediate future. This is clearly seen when he makes this heart moving statement," I have a dream, My four little
Children will one day live in a nation where they won't be judged by the color of their skin but of the content of their character.
This certainly is not heaven. Everyone will be the same color and character will not be an issue. In heaven corruption will have put on incorruption and mortal will have put on immortality. Then what was it? It was a day in this nation. It was a vision of this US. It was America!
We should all know that this man was a prophet of God.
For everything there is a time and season. God’s revealed patterns in scripture are to be studied and used as keys in deciphering truth.
40 often means test or trial. It also refers to a generation. In Birmingham Alabama, Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth was called to fulfill God’s divine purpose. He began the Alabama Christian movement for Civil rights in Birmingham. He used this organization to be a platform for Martin Luther King and they CO-labored together. In 1956 God spoke to Rev. Shuttlesworth saying, "they shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free". He immediately knew God was telling him that he needed to organize and God would reveal to America and to the world about the evil of segregation. 7 is the number for completion. 7 years later on May 3rd, 1963, America saw police dogs and water hoses loosed on children! That scene caused the nation and the world to face the reality of segregation. No longer was it in the newspapers or magazines and angry letters from the NAACP. The evil of segregation was in full view on television screens across the country. America was horrified! They saw the truth and the truth caused the evils of Jim Crow laws to come down. In 1957 The Southern Christian Leadership Conference emerges from an Atlanta meeting with Civil Rights Leaders. Martin Luther King becomes its president. In 1964, seven years later President Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act. Making segregation in public facilities and discrimination in employment illegal. Yes, the laws of segregation ceased but we still are not free. We kill 4200 children a day and 1452 of them are Black. We are still on errant paths.
Israel wandered for 40 years! A journey that could have taken them 9 days took 40 years. 40 years before they would enter the Promised Land.
Black and White America has been wandering since the day they demanded Civil rights for all Americans. But what has happened since? Let’s look at this comparison.
The brutal treatment of African-Americans and existing laws of injustice outraged this nation 40 years ago. Yet there is nothing more discriminatory nor brutal than abortion.
It was the children that saved the movement of the 60’s and now the children need saving and where are we? It’s shameful that many a Pastor and legislator turns a death ear to the cry of babies in the womb.
If we as a nation had taken the journey to that Promised Land there would be no abortion. 42,000,000 would not have been led to the slaughter.
But it’s 40 years later! 40 years of wandering.
Could 2003 be the year America wakes up and enters the Promised Land? Please take note:
When Jesus was born a genocide decree was made by Herod to kill every child under 2years old. Jesus 30 years later began his ministry. The answer to the sting of death and sin is the blood of the Lamb. 33 years later after the decree thousands come the Lord. Men and women of every race and eventually Rome. It’s the blood of the lamb that saves! Deuteronomy tells us that,
The shedding of innocent blood pollutes the land. America is polluted. Our land reeks with innocent blood through abortion.
Now to make my case.
It’s been 30 years since the decree to slaughter the innocent. In 1973 Roe Vs wade became law. Could this be the year, 30 years later that America receives the answer? Will revival restore our sanity when it comes to the innocent children in the womb? Will there be repentance from our most heinous and damming sin, abortion?
If any people should hear the cry " whom will I send and whom shall go for us" it’s the Afro-American.
For so long we have been absent from the true civil rights movement. We must join with our predominately white catholic bothers and sisters and stand up for our own and all Americans yet to be born. The Lord expressed this to me in this passage of scripture:
In 2nd Samuel the story of the battle between Absalom and David’s army is told. In the 18th chapter the 19th verse Ahimaaz the faithful courier of Joab asked to carry the message back to the king. He had been faithful and was skilled in what he did. Joab’s response to him was this, "Thou shalt not bear tidings this day, but thou shalt bear tidings another day: but this day thou shalt bear no tidings, because the Kings Son is dead".
Then said Joab to cushi (black man), "Go tell the King what thou has seen" and Cushi bowed himself unto Joab and ran.
Let us just glean a few insights from this passage of scripture. He told Cushi go tell what you have seen. He never told him what to say. When Ahimaaz went to ask Joab again could he go Joab said to him, "why, seeing that thou hast no tidings ready?
It would appear that what ever had to be said to this exclusive audience had to be said by Cushi the black man. His perspective, his experience and prior preparation. Ahimaaz from his past duties as courier ran anyway and even beat Cushi there but could not say what had to be said and thus had no message for this exclusive audience. It was said to him "step aside" and they waited for Cushi. When the exclusive audience heard the message from the black man’s perspective and from his experience and cultural background the audience was greatly moved. (verse 33)
The message of Black Genocide must come from African-American leaders of the black community. Ahimaaz can’t carry this message to the black community. Cushi must and Cushi will.
The last words of great men of God are to revered and coveted dearly. Paul’s letter to Timothy, Peter's 2nd Epistle, Jacob’s charge and prophetic words to his grandchildren, Moses to Joshua and Martin Luther King to America. What he said to us the night before his death in Memphis brings hope and light to all of America especially the church.
"Well I don't know what will happen now. We've got some difficult days ahead. But it really doesn’t matter with me now. Because I've been to the mountain top and I don't mind. Like anybody I would like to live a long life longevity has it's place. But I'm not concerned about that now. I just want to do God's will. And he's allowed me to go to the mountaintop and I 've looked over and I've seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight that we as a people will get to the Promised Land. And I am happy tonight I'm not worried about anything I'm not fearing any man.
Mine eyes have seen the Glory of the coming of the Lord!"
Dr. King said he had been to the mountaintop. Like Moses his time would soon elapse and his God was permitting him to see the "promised land" what Promised Land? The land of that Nation God showed him in his dream. His vision or dream of a land where this Nation had risen up to live out its creed. A land where the Son's of former slaves and the son's of former slave owners are sitting down at the table of brotherhood. Mississippi isn't burning but it's an oasis of freedom and justice. The land where his four little children are living in a nation where they are not judged by the color of their skin but the content of their character. A land he said,'' he would not get there to experience with them in his lifetime but he adamantly proclaimed we as a people would get there to experience the Dream.
Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated the next day! The baton thus dropped not passed. Many attempted to pick it up but batons are meant to be passed not assumed. Jim Crow laws due to a valiant effort of the civil rights movement were abolished but evil would mutate. Its new form would ravage, oppress and mutilate more lives than any past oppression on record. It will dare to disguise itself, as it's own enemy. It will call itself a civil right. "A choice" its root is embedded in evil and to date has wiped out over 40,000,000.00 babies. "Abortion"
The greatest oppression and most destructive plague the world is ever known. Like Aids it's ability to deceive and disguise itself has prevented cure.
Yes the baton was dropped but the movement attempts to press on.
Then one of the most peculiar social phenomenons takes place. With millions of children’s blood crying out from the ground, the perceived but not ordained successors of the civil rights movement predominately black sellout and endorse the slaughter of the innocent. The baton is picked up by a predominately white; who demonstrate the same method of King. Public demonstrations of non-violent protest. With the mission to save they form "Operation Rescue" they lay down their lives for their brothers and sisters. Where? In front of abortion mills and pray and cry out for justice for those who cannot speak for themselves.
Yes evil mutated and the movement fell on those who would say "yes" Lord. Those who are sensitive to the silent cry of the unborn.
Evil changed it's appearance but it's objective to target and destroy the Afro-American community remained the same. Evil manifested through the abortion industry to finish what slavery, segregation and Jim Crow laws started. Afro-Americans make up 12% of the population but 36% of the abortions. For every 5 Afro-American Women that get pregnant 3 will abort.
Just as the movement of the 50's and 60's spread and became multi
Racial, now must the movement of this new millennium become multi racial. Afro-Americans must now play their God ordained role in the movement again. The movement to free our children by exposing the evil of Abortion. We have been silent! We have been seduced into believing it's a political issue. We blindly follow political candidates and parties that don’t espouse our values or reverence God's laws. We vote party instead of person, politics instead of conscience.
We accept fiction instead of facts. In the words of Akua Farrow, " We are not going to sacrifice our children in the name of Civil rights".
The mystery of iniquity does all ready work: It works with all deceivableness of unrighteousness. Lastly, on that fateful night in Memphis, Dr. King said this also," My eyes have seen the Glory of the coming of the Lord" Dr. King said to them on April 3rd 1968 basically the "Glory" is not here but I see it coming.
In June of 2001 our youth were going to attend the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church Youth Conference. The name of the conference was once called Gang was prophetically changed and called the "movement". The Sunday we left to go, the Lord pressed upon my heart Isaiah 60:1 I turned to the youth who were in the choir and said," the Lord is saying "Arise shine thy light has come and the Glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. When we arrived in Atlanta at the first AM service Bishop Eddie long came to the podium and said to the thousands of youth present" Arise Shine thy Light has come and the Glory of the Lord is risen upon thee.!
It’s the Glory that Martin saw coming but had not arrived in 68 but it now has come. There is a movement to complete the last. To set at liberty them that are captive, the opening of the prison to them that our bound. Yes, and those are receiving death sentences in the prison of the womb will be free! Our babies will be free, our children free, our people free! " Whom the son sets free is free indeed"
Free at last! Free at last! Thank God All Mighty we are free at Last!