Faith, the Great Equalizer
Growing up during the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s left me with solemn memories and occasional nightmares. As an African-American Christian, born in our country’s era of social upheaval, I find myself longing for Jesus in a still inequitable world. Perhaps that stems from the tenuous moments in life when a very public minority struggle has rendered me personally alienated. When I see the despondent homeless wandering the streets of San Diego, or encounter the impecunious seeking self-medication, or the dominant wealthier class weighing judgment, or the criminal financiers and politicians in high places I think “Is there any hope for this world?” GOD in His infinite wisdom, uses people and circumstances to teach me that true faith in Him delivers all people equal. Really. I am constantly reminded, from the depths of my soul, even a mustard seed of faith in Christ Jesus changes everything. That very faith is available for all people- no matter how lost, no matter how objectionable. Many of us have the joy of knowing what faith in GOD can do while so many more have no idea. But how will they know individually if we don’t tell them personally?
Faith in Christ was the core message of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We nationally acknowledged his life on the third Monday of January every year. Dr. King was called to share the powerful, equalizing love of GOD through a lifestyle of active, difficult surrender. I believe remembering Dr; King’s legacy is an opportunity for all people to acknowledge not only the struggle and sacrifice of a surrendered faith, but also the courage and tenacity it takes to live one’s faith through. Today, at a time of continued social change I pray for a committed faith in Jesus that enables me to boldly share His great equalizing faith, personally and individually.
“All I’m saying is simply this, that all life is interrelated, that somehow we’re caught in an inescapable network of mutuality tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly. For some strange reason, I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. You can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 1963
“For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond, nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” Galatians 3:26-29