This week we celebrated the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. The MLK Commission did an outstanding job with our San Antonio celebration. The highlight of the celebration was keynote speaker, Dr. John Adolph. Dr. Adolph reminded us, we have to fight! What are we fighting for?
To cancel the ideology, our children score lowest in reading and math on standardized tests. Our ancestors created math and the Greek STOLE it from us. The first library is noted to be in Northern Africa between Mesopotamia and the Nile River. And, I am adding the father of medicine is Imhotep, an Egyptian not Hippocrates.
Our economic freedom. Since the banks are breaking laws by not reinvesting their profits back in our community, but lending us money at almost predatory lending rates. We have to learn to hustle. May I suggest we boycott banks and use black banks or set up our own savings and loan institutions.
Our education. Dismantle the public school system as it is today and return to a community school model. The current system is dubbed “the prison pipeline”. There is something wrong with that picture.
Our faith. Remember no matter who is in office, God reigns supreme. We are reminded in 2 Chronicles 7:14, “If My people who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, forgive their sin and heal their land.”
Of course, my notes are brief but hopefully you get the point. Why aren’t we fighting? Have we lost our will to fight? Are “we” too comfortable to fight? Or is it a combination of the two?
This column is called “The Village” because it takes ALL of us to make a difference! How can one person be comfortable while other villagers are suffering? Take the blinders off. Get out of your comfort zone and get in the ring and FIGHT!
I have re-read the “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech, Dr. King delivered April 3, 1968 countless times. Towards the end of the speech, he shares the familiar parable of the Good Samaritan. This is how he reaches the conclusion of the speech.
“But then the Good Samaritan came by, and he reversed the question: "If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?" That's the question before you tonight. Not, "If I stop to help the sanitation workers, what will happen to my job?" Not, "If I stop to help the sanitation workers, what will happen to all of the hours that I usually spend in my office every day and every week as a pastor?" The question is not, "If I stop to help this man in need, what will happen to me?" The question is, "If I do not stop to help the sanitation workers, what will happen to them?" That's the question.”
If we do not fight for our village, what will happen? This week’s call to action is in the next paragraph of the speech.
“Let us rise up tonight with a greater readiness. Let us stand with a greater determination. And let us move on in these powerful days, these days of challenge, to make America what it ought to be. We have an opportunity to make America a better nation.” Amen.