“I’m Wishing on a Star” in the Midst of Our Twilight’s Last Gleaming
“I’m wishing on a star, to follow where you are. I’m wishing on a dream, to follow what it means. And I’m wishing on the rainbows that I see. I’m wishing on the people who really dream. And I’m wishing on tomorrow rain never comes. And I’m wishing on all of the things we never done.”
This song by Beyoncé Knowles provokes 21st century questions of our dreams, both individually and culturally. We all have some sort of dream, whether it is for ourselves, our families, our career, or something greater. But if we wish upon a star, does this star stand for our dreams? Are the stars on the American flag symbolic of the American dream? Do the stars of the heavens denote the spiritual descendants of Abraham, the father of faith? Or is it something even greater – Jesus, the “bright morning star”? -Rev 22:16
The dream that is possible for everyone is not likely to occur in our present reality. We still live in a time in which the dream of post-racial America remains elusive, at best. Jesus, the bright morning star, is present on earth in the form of his followers. From the late Dr. Marin Luther King, Jr.’s dream to the Dream Act, our dreams allow our imagination to coalesce and develop into a plan. God has a very descript plan for each of us. “For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome.” -Jeremiah 29:11 Amplified Bible (AMP)
Christ’s followers must light a candle of love in a dark world that is getting darker and darker with each passing day. The most divided hour of the week is from 11:00 Sunday morning to whenever church service is over. If we listen clearly enough, we can hear the voice of the old African American preacher saying, “I wish I had somebody to say Amen.” We must ask ourselves, what will cause the final snuff of the candle? Will it be more decay or the lack of love, especially in the area of racial reconciliation? The real issue involves placing the proper perspective on the value of all of God’s children, even the ones with whom we culturally or individually don’t agree.
On the eve of the two hundred and thirty-sixth anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, is now our twilight’s last gleaming? Or is the star still shining? We must understand that we are all “wishing on a star that follows where we are” as a society. The stars must align. True acquiescence of our American flag’s stars must form the flag that stands for liberty and justice for all throughout our country.
“The Messiah has made things up between us so that we’re now together on this, both non-Jewish outsiders and Jewish insiders. He tore down the wall we used to keep each other at a distance. He repealed the law code that had become so clogged with fine print and footnotes that it hindered more than it helped. Then he started over. Instead of continuing with two groups of people separated by centuries of animosity and suspicion, he created a new kind of human being, a fresh start for everybody.” -Ephesians 2:14 The Message (MSG)
Jesus, the bright morning star, ties it all together. His sacrifice is the unity between God and mankind that allows for reconciliation to take place between all men. “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” -Luke 2:14 King James Version (KJV)
Kevin K. Robinson, Executive Director of Accord1