I had no idea when I quoted from Martin Luther King Jr.'s dreams yesterday that more people had been injured and one person killed the day before for marching in favor of equality. I said in the sermon, "Some people...dream of a world that is more like what it is meant to be, a world where 'The sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit together at the table of brotherhood.' They dream of a day when 'Children...will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.'
They dream of justice rolling down like waters, the kind of dreams that get people killed and the kind of dreams that bring people life." And then found out that another person was killed for this dream.
Later in the sermon I wondered if Joseph regretted his dreams for all the trouble they caused or if they helped get him through the difficult days, finally asking if you have dreams worth clinging to.
Heather Heyer's dreams of equality are worth clinging to. The dreams of all who long for a day when people aren't held up or laid low simply because of the color of their skin or their ethnic background are worth clinging to. We have got to get past fear and hate being motivating principles.
If you watch or read something that tells you another is wrong or lesser simply because he or she is different than how you identify yourself, it is time to turn it off. If you don't know, admire, and appreciate a person who is demographically different then you, then it's time to meet someone who is and have a conversation and gain a real perspective about all this so-called difference. We are not going to realize Heather's dream, Martin's dream, or God's dream for God's children by further distancing ourselves from the other or by aligning ourselves with hate and fear.
And, we are not going to let the tragic events of recent years, including Saturday's in Charlottesville, become the new nightmare. People of faith cling to and work toward dreams that are good and faithful and just. We take the grace and peace we receive from Christ our Lord and offer it to others, all others, in his name. We dream our Lord's dreams and work to bring them to reality. We have no higher aspiration or purpose than to love because God is love (1 John 4:8).