What’s God got to do with it

Tomorrow is Martin Luther King day to state the obvious, however in Birmingham, Alabama where we reside it’s more than that. This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in downtown Birmingham. An event that galvanized the nation against the awful specter of racism and hatred in America.

Tomorrow we will remember the past however we’ll also celebrate the fact that today as Martin Luther King said, “I have a dream that one day the state of Alabama, whose governor’s lips are presently dripping with the words of interposition and nullification, will be transformed into a situation where little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls and walk together as sisters and brothers.”

That day has come as we see not only Martin Luther King’s dream but also the words of scripture come true as all races and nationalities come together to worship the King of King’s and Lord of Lord’s. Today at the Vineyard we had black and white, hispanic and asian worshipping together in unity. Tomorrow there will be a gathering downtown of all peoples to commemorate that deadly event that more than any other led to the freedoms that blacks enjoy as full members of our American society.

Tomorrow we will also inaugurate this country’s first Black President for his second term in office. You may differ with his politics as I certainly do however I heartily support that he is our president! We’ve come a long way since those dark days of 1963. May we always remember the past but look to the future with expectation and anticipation of what the Lord is doing as we come together in unity and strength.

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