This week marks two significant occasions: the celebration of the birthday, and the work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and the inauguration of Donald Trump as President of the United States. As I reflect on that reality, I am drawn to the ministry and prophetic words of Dr. King. Dr. King dreamt of a nation and a world where all people were valued and respected. He looked to a day when diversity and difference were celebrated and all people experienced life with justice and equality. Dr. King inspired and continues to inspire millions of people with a hope for a day, a day still yet to come, when privilege would give way to balance and opportunity for everyone equally. Dr. King had a dream for a different world than the one he lived in and in which he had grown up. He had a vision for America and for the world that looked to a future filled with promise for all.
President Elect Donald Trump has named a “dream” if you will as well. He has called us as a nation to “Make America Great, Again.” President Elect Trump believes that we need to return to something he believes we have lost, and in that return we will experience a greatness again.
My prayer is, as we walk through the events of this week and move into the future that is before us, that the attempt to return to a perceived past greatness will not roll back, damage, or stop any progress that has been made in moving in the direction of Dr. King’s dream for us all. For genuine greatness is never seen in power, wealth, might or privilege. Jesus spelled it out pretty clearly, if you want to be first you must be the servant of all.