This question popped into my mind today. My answer to this question isn't entirely inspired. He'd say we should help, do what we can to provide relief. But boy, woudln't I love to actually hear MLK Jr. -- an orator of skill equaled by few -- speak and offer some advice or words of hope.
I rewatched the I Have A Dream speech to see if some of his words then would apply today.
I don't know about you, but I heard nothing to apply to our world today and the disaster occuring in Haiti. Does it have to? Of course not, but in times of trouble, people need someone who can talk with truth and honesty, one who knows how to say the things we ought to hear in order to find comfort and then be inspired to action.
Who speaks for us today?
The issues effecting the United States and the rest of the world then were different than they are now. MLK Jr. speaks of freedom. But I imagine freedom is a luxury when you have no water or food, and disease and violence lurk at every corner.
It makes me question if perhaps we've taken a big step back.
And who speaks for us in song as Martin Luther King, Jr did, a song that fills us with intention to seek change.
One day we will have to stand before the God of history, and we will talk in terms of things we've done. Yes, we will be able to say we built gargantuan birdges to span the seas. We built gigantic buildings to kiss the skies. We brought into being many other things with our scientific and technological power.
It seems I can hear the God of history saying, "That was not enough! But I was hungry, and ye fed me not. I was naked and ye clothed me not. I was devoid of sanitary house to live in, and ye proided no shelter for me, and consequently, you cannot enter the kindom of greatness. If ye do it unto the least of these, my brethren, ye do it unto me. That's the question facing America today.
I will not suggest the best way how or when each individual fulfills such a ordinance, but I will say that I believe it is up to everyone to try.