Turning on Fifty

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King and his children 


By: Susan Bea Good

I’m the oldest of five siblings…and the first to turn fifty.

I’ve been watching my sister and brothers as they too hit that milestone. My youngest brother spent the past three years biking from the Pacific to the Atlantic, timing the journey’s completion before his fiftieth next month.

Fifty is a long time…long enough to see a pattern and significant enough to change one’s heart.

Today is the fiftieth anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.To this day, school children commit portions to memory, and most Americans are aware of one of the most powerful lines: “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”

Fifty years have past since MLK gave that speech. Many Americans are asking if we are following his dream…that is, judging a person on character…not color.

Racial tensions have eased tremendously in fifty years. America elected the first African-American President…but is he President today because of his color or his character? It seems that his leadership has begun to turn our nation back, towards a time of suspicion, separation, jealousy, hatred, and revenge.

A Civil War was fought in this nation…we fought ourselves, in part, to resolve the root of these issues…and it was legally resolved. Personal wounds were healing…and then came the liberal race-baiters, bigots, and self-aggrandizers.

Fifty years is a long time…but was it enough to change hearts towards the “content of character” not the “color of their skin?”

“…For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”(I Samuel 16:7/ESV)

The purpose of this blog is to encourage Christ-followers to see God’s Big Picture and be a part of it!


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