In my Blog “Heroes of Positive Change” I wrote, among other things:
It seems as though most people who have tried to make the world a
better place for others have opened themselves up for lots of
criticism and hatred, as well as praise and love. Martin Luther King
was no exception.
Tomorrow’s inauguration of Barack Obama as our President is the
culmination of what Martin Luther King, Jr. and many other people worked
so hard to achieve at a time when, to some, it would have seemed an
impossibility that one day the occupants of the White House would not be
The social change that Martin Luther King championed is similar to
the uphill battle that we have been waging for many years. This gives us
hope that the day is not far off when people will admit the truth: that
nonhuman animals have a God-given right to lives of their own and that
humans, who were given stewardship over them – to care for them – have
instead gone against the Creator’s original intent.
We believe that the day will come when the present horrendously cruel
exploitation of non-human animals will end. But meanwhile, we must work
to expose the truth until the “tipping point” is reached and animal
exploiters are seen as the outcasts of society.
And we also have a dream like Isaiah’s prophecy of the Peaceable
Kingdom where humans and other animals will no longer hurt or destroy
because we will all be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters
cover the sea.
Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. requires a lot more than having
a holiday named after him. It requires us to be the peacemaking children
of God that Jesus commanded us to be for the whole of creation: our
fellow human beings, the other animals, and the environment in which we
Heroes of Positive Change
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day