Posts Tagged ‘religious liberty’

ImageI have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.

Today is the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech.

As a Baptist I look back on this speech with pride because Martin Luther King was not only a Baptist minister himself, but was the son, grandson and great grandson of Baptist preachers and his commitment to social justice stemmed from his Baptist heritage and belief in religious liberty.

Religious Liberty is one of the distinctives of the Baptist movement and is one of the reasons I call myself a Baptist.

Martin Luther King had much to teach the world 50 years ago, but I fear that the lessons are still to be learned today.

On this special occasion it is worth spending a moment reflecting on King’s words and asking what we need to learn in Australia in 2013.

Read the speech here.