“Our salvation certainly changes the way we relate to God, and our new identity should impact the way we relate to believers and to the unsaved.
On August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered one of the most inspiring speeches ever given on American soil. From the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C., King preached about freedom for all men and denounced the chains of segregation and discrimination that crippled so many of our nation's citizens. His closing exhortation ‘ … for all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentile, Protestants and Catholics to join hands and sing the old Negro spiritual, “Free at last! Free at last! Thank God almighty, we are free at Last,”’ remains an ongoing struggle in the United States.
As followers of Christ, we must take the challenge of Martin Luther King Jr. one step further. While he dreamed of a society where ‘children would not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character,’ Christians have a higher calling that directs our relationships with others. We are called to go beyond the content of character and to relate to individuals on the basis of God's grace.”