Monday, January 18, 2010

Dr. King Would Have Been Proud

General Larry Platt didn't know what he started when he auditioned 34 years too late for American Idol last week. Or maybe he did! As a conservative, I have to agree wholeheartedly with Mr. Platt's opinion on baggy pants. Thank goodness our school bans such clothing! But our kids got to see some pants on the ground when we hit the mall this past weekend. (Mark and I were on some sort of suicide mission on Saturday when we caved into Ally's request to visit Borders bookstore.) At any rate, when we saw our buddy Brett's locker room celebration after the Vikings' big win over the Cowboys yesterday, we just had to put together our own rendition.(See below)

What better way to celebrate the equal rights of people across all classes and races, standing up against baggy pants and exposed boxer shorts? On a serious note, the kids and I talked about Martin Luther King and all of the freedoms we take for granted. If Dr. King hadn't taken the courageous stand that he did, my kids wouldn't know some of their friends. We may not have these (justified) feelings of confusion and anger when hearing about past oppression. We may not feel this surge of compassion and call to action to help our brothers and sisters in ravaged parts of the world like Haiti. Thank you, Martin and Coretta, for standing up for God's truth. Thanks for modeling Christ's unwavering love and courage in the face of hurtful opposition. Thanks for having that dream!

Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars... Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.--Martin Luther King, Jr.

But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.--Jesus Christ, Luke 6:35

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