By Aren Haggard

Long before the days of “Googling” practically anything you want to
find out more about, I recall sitting at an Apple Macintosh during
computer lab time in second grade. I donned gun-metal grey
headphones, the kind you picture an air traffic controller wearing,
and clicked on a little icon next to a picture of Dr. Martin Luther King
Jr. For the very first time I would hear his famous “I Have a Dream”
speech. Even as a young white kid who had experienced little
racism in my life, I was moved, deeply stirred, by the words of Dr.
King.

In the wake of the shootings and riots in Ferguson, MO and the
subsequent backlash that has been seen throughout our nation, it is
plainly evident that many still feel that the dream that was cast so
eloquently in 1963 has still to yet be fully realized, that is the dream
of equality. What can we do? What should we do?

The truth is, we can’t control everything we would like. We can’t
force the people in our country to act or think or believe a certain
way. What we can do however is make certain that equality,
something God had in mind long before Dr. King, is always found in
the church.

“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither
slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for
you are all one in Christ Jesus.” (Gal. 3:28)

The church must be the place where we are not judged on our
income, or level of education, on the color of our skins or the
language that we speak. Regardless of race, gender or lot in life if
we are Christ’s then we are family, we are brethren, we are equal.

Now more than ever we must be a beacon of light to a world full of
injustice, racism and hatred. We must let the world know that we
have abandoned the gross inconsistencies of the past, in that even
many Christians saw people of color as less than, and have grown
to be the people that we are called to be in Christ. That we have “put
on the new man” who is “renewed in knowledge according to the
image of Him who created him, where there is neither Greek nor
Jew, circumcised nor uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave nor
free, but Christ is all and in all.” (Col. 3:10,11)