In recent memory children of all walks of life have been told to remember a great man. One who had a dream; this dream was passed on from another man, one even greater than he. The dreamer called all who followed him to remember this man; this son of God and to love peace more than life, to refrain from all violence to turn the other cheek , to stand in solidarity with all men and women everywhere for he saw all men as brothers. For to overcome one must learn how to forgive.
A Rose will bloom yet so soon fade, but the glory of its beauty will be ever in the memory to remain.
So this Minister, this man of God had a dream. That of all God’s children would one day be standing hand in hand together. For he felt they could overcome the past. But some men and some women cannot overcome they prefer to remain entrenched in the past.
O I have heard the repetitiveness of this saying, O the harmonious ringing of we shall overcome.
But O my friends what has been overcome? Entrenched in the past hate anger and rage grows.
Why my child do you take such pride in putting down and making another suffer as you once did; o my child is this what overcoming means to you?
Is this how you overcome? What of forgive take a hand and stand in unity and justices?
Is the past violence all the hurts and shame overcome by doing this to others?
By becoming what you say you hate my sweet child are you overcoming anything or proving that you are no better than the men of ages past who did what you justify now?
If this is your way of overcoming, your ideal way; then you have failed at overcoming?
With each preceding generation the new sub-divisions take hold in our nation. We as a people have become lovers of the past and not doers of the way. We are now a people who love to be viewed as victims, so we can justify our anger, hate, and outrages action, not to ourselves, but to others claiming someone else made us do it.
So what is that we have overcome; responsibility, self-respect, respect for others?
So many men and women who claim Christ are not doers of his way or else we as a people would have overcome. The man who cried out so long ago;” I have a dream,” overcame. Yet his dream of all God’s children has been changed. For today they speak of separation, division, and sub-divisions. When Christian ministers incite anger, rage, and hate against others what has been overcome. These men rather than pleading as the first did for calm, none violence, with peace, forgiveness, love. Instead they seek retribution and desire to punish those who have tried to overcome their past. By seeking out and magnifying past mistakes of other, never taking note of those committed by themselves.
If we as a nation have overcome should we be offended by a word?
Should we be looking back and missing what has been taking place?
If we shall overcome, I must ask when?
As long as we are offended by the use of any word, we are children playing at being noble adults, when shall we overcome?
If in the course of time we can let go of offenses over words yes, child when a word no long causes us to strike out in rage anger and allows us to be incited to hate. Then we will have overcome and we will have learned one small part of forgive.
Satin lives and loves to incite many good men and women to rage to be passionate to be zealots. But Christ calls us to peace love and empathy for love covers a multitude of offenses. The dreamer knew all this the dreamer taught all this for he was a man who knew the way……