Every Nation and Every Tribe

On January 15, 1929, a child was born into a home led by a Baptist minister father and a school teacher mother in Atlanta, Georgia. The child was born in a dark period of racial inequality and injustice. Racial segregation had plagued the country in parks, diners, and even churches, where some racist pastors would refuse to seat people of color in the sanctuary. The child grew up to become at teen, but he noticed that mistreatment towards African-Americans had worsened. A man threatened to kill the teen, the teen’s father was thrown out of a store, and his sister was sexually assaulted; all of these things happened out of racist mentality.

Rather than believing that a person should be judged by one’s character, most of secular society, and regretfully clerical society as well, believed that skin color defined the worth of a human being. A person’s inferiority was determined by the biological makeup of the human. It almost seemed that people were willing to embrace a sort of caste system of the pagan religions, despite the fact that many Americans sought themselves to be a part of moral intellectualism. Consequently, the teen followed the father’s footsteps into ministry, and became a man that changed America as we know it.

This man’s life inspired countless Americans to take a stand against racism through peaceful means. He was a person of moral integrity, with a zealous passion for the preaching of the gospel. He was a loving father and husband, a godly minister, a brilliant theologian, and a revolutionary figure with an idea. Today, the country remembers his actions to protest against racist acts during this national holiday. The man went by the name Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

A profound speaker, he delivered what is considered to be one of the greatest speeches ever spoken. A crowd of hundreds of thousands of people gathered in the Lincoln Memorial to await the commencement of a peaceful march against racial segregation and police brutality. When Dr. King stood on the podium, the crowd roared with thunderous applause, but was quickly silenced when he would open his mouth to speak. To this day, the speech given on March 1963 would become known as the “I Have a Dream” speech. In this speech, he spoke the following words that have been a great inspiration to myself:

I say to you today…even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident; that all men are created equal.”

I have a dream that one day…the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.

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.

I have a dream that one day…little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.

This is one of the most honorable things a man could possibly dream about: equality and unity of all mankind. Dr. King believed in a union of God’s children, so that together we could stand to proclaim the freedoms that God would give us. The very thought of people standing side-by-side as brothers and sisters is a godly one. There is no doubt in my mind that God hates racism and that he hates racists. God loves His children unconditionally, and I believe He believes in the honor of His creation.

This dream is not one that is vain. Though it seems that racism is a never ending battle, there is assurance that there will be an end to all injustice and inequality of race. The sins of police brutality, racist objectives, and inferiority complexes will one day be consumed by the fiery judgment of God. Christ’s return will assure in an otherworldly peace that a child of God could never imagine. There will be great jubilation as we will finally embrace our friend, Savior, brother, and King in humility and worship Him with all adoring wonder.

Heaven is often times glorified, and for a good reason. God’s Kingdom is a real place where there are no wars, illness, disease, struggles, etc. God’s holy presence will surround us for all eternity. There will apostles, prophets, and heroes of the faith that we will have the honor of meeting and discussing with. However beautiful all of these things are (and I am not trying to downplay how glorious these promises of the Kingdom truly are), the single greatest cause of joy in my heart as a human being is the promise that is made in Scripture when it comes to racial unity.

Revelation 5:9-10 (ESV) has this to say on God’s course of action when it comes to race: “For You were slain, and by Your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation, and You have made them a Kingdom and priests to our God,
and they shall reign on the earth.” Notice that God purposefully intended to ransom people from every nation and every tribe. There is absolutely no prejudice with God. He had purposed his elect in such a way that there would be great diversity and uniqueness to every individual that draws near to the throne of grace.

This brings great joy to all who are in Christ, as it should. There is nothing that intensifies my emotional connection with Heaven more than the realization that one day God will gather all His elect together so that we may worship the One who has ended all racism and prejudice in human history. No more will the horrors of history such as the slave trade and the Holocaust be in our minds. Jesus will end all evil that has enslaved humanity in the spiritual and physical sense. The very thought of all races, ethnic backgrounds, and people of different cultures being drawn together to sing hymns such as “Nearer, My God, to Thee” or “Blessed Assurance” is tear jerking to me.

We should be moved in the same way Dr. King did. His greatest point in his legendary speech was the following:

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exhalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.

This is our hope. This is the faith that I will go back to the South with. With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood.

With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.

It is only by the faith in Christ that we can stand united. Dr. King longed for the day in which I long for knowing that faith is the only way to get there. I assure all of you that one day God will cleanse our hearts of all kinds of filthy judgement against God’s creation based upon skin color. Christ is the hope that we can proclaim to all who see and experience the struggles of racism. That is why people of all color in Christ should pray together, learn together, stand up together, and wait for the Lord’s return together. Let’s honor the godly dream of a humble man who sought after the very thing that God wants: that believers of every nation and every tribe would seek Christ to end racism.

Soli Deo Gloria.

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