In my book, Streamside – Finding Peace through Perfect Unity, I tell of a vision I received at church camp exactly fifty years ago this month as a gangly teen growing up in the midst of the civil rights movement that changed our country for the good. That vision lay planted in my heart, virtually forgotten until I was writing the final pages of my book and dreaming of a logo that would best represent the unity Jesus prayed for.
I will let you read about that in the book, soon to be released.
Today, I simply want to honor Dr. King, along with everyone else who remembers those days.
I also want to tie something together that is very important in principle. Dr. King was first and foremost a passionate Christian and sought to solve the problem of racism using Biblical principles and peaceful protest. And he paid with his life, extinguished far too early.
“I Have a Dream” was a Christian speech, frequently quoting the Bible, and it ended with a vision of unity of all people, surely inspired by Jesus’s prayer for perfect unity.
Martin Luther King is known for far more than being a Christian pastor. He applied God’s word to everything he saw around him, and as a result he changed a nation politically as well as morally.
What I have learned about Streamside is that it has the same potential because it rises up from the same source.
Streamside is first about Christian unity, but its solid Biblical foundation speaks also to our unity as Americans and to our families, which are under attack in a culture going crazy.
Unity starts with the words of Jesus for our personal, family, and national well-being as well as our Christian heritage.
I believe Martin Luther King would agree and I thank him from the bottom of my heart.