On this Inaugural Day...
"All men are created equal." Thomas Jefferson
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This lead me to some deep thinking....
What I watched on television today was not the inaugaration. I caught some of an Oprah show which did a special on Martin Luther King Jr. It was inspiring to watch and sent chills up my spine as I observed a spiritual humble servant of God who spent his life fighting for justice, fighting for dignity, and fighting for the freedom of all people.
I could not help but think how he may have faught against the greater injustice of abortion.
His eloquence drew hundreds of thousands to listen and was a strong force that lead our nation declare segration laws unconstitutional.
I understand to a degree the hope and excitement drawn around the inaugaration of Barack Obama because for so many in this country it is a proud moment of accomplishment they all are taking part in as the first African American president. As with Martin Luther King Jr., the feelings and sentiments of enthusiam and the spirit of hope he gave Americans in a time of confusion, ring out and accompany Barack Obama as he drew over 2 million people to his inaugaration today.
"On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear. The time has come to reaffirm our enduring spirit; to choose our better history; to carry forward that precious gift, that noble idea, passed on from generation to generation: the God-given promise that all are equal, all are free and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness." President Barack Obama
His words are indeed eloquent, but chilling as I realize those words and that promise he makes will ironically be broken when he signs the "Freedom of Choice Act" in a few days. This is the undoing of what Martin Luther King Jr. worked and died for - the freedom and equality of all people, with the killing of the most innocent and weakest in our society, the baby in the womb.
I believe we should always choose hope over fear, but my hope will always be in Christ, not in man and not in this man as much as I will be required to respect him as my new president. So my personal hope is that love will conquer evil. If anything, today has lead me to see my responsibility as a citizen of this country to fight harder with more vigour, more prayer, and more sacrifice for the freedom and dignity of all life, especially the unborn.
"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." Martin Luther King Jr.