Living the Dream

There was a discovery channel documentary on the other day, showing the mission of the assault on Osama Ben Laden’s Compound. This involved months of preparation and was a very detailed as well as being a highly technological assignment that the navy seals carried out. This viewing brought about a great sense of awe. The awe resulted in some reflection upon the greatness of this country that we call home.

Imagine on September 11, 2001, people were simply going about their everyday lives to bring a bit of the American dream home to their love ones. The result was injustice of breath-taking proportions done to innocent people and their mourning families; which can never be recompensed.  To think those 10 years later those responsible for that horrific day were not able to slip away into the night, but were brought to justice. The accomplishment achieved adds a certain level of righteous indignation of closure.

As we enter this Holiday season it is responsible to note, that of all people in the world, we are extremely blessed.  We are the most diverse nation on earth and we are free to agree and disagree. There have been many mistakes and injustices in our history that have been well documented. We as a nation have many more miles to travel in our journey to become a more perfect union that we profess.  We must invigorate ourselves to personify the words of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Junior’s “I have a dream” speech by living the dream as Psalm 126 exclaims.

“When the LORD restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dreamed. Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations,” The LORD has done great things for them. The LORD has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy.”   Psalm 126:1-3 New International Version (NIV)

The dream of a great social experiment called America is still a work in progress.  Al Qaeda thought that they would take the Country of America down in similar fashion to what Attila the Hun did to ancient Rome.   For by divine reason, God has branded America with His amazing Grace and it becomes quite clear, though the greatness of America is not everlasting.  It becomes increasingly apparent that only God Himself will determine its end.

The Great Social experiment of antiquity in Genesis Chapter 11 involved God confounding the languages at the tower of Babel.  God initiated the creation of culture in one miraculous act. This is because a mono ethnic depiction of  creation was not in His plan. The great social experiment ends quite well in Revelation 5:9 and Revelation 7:9

“I looked again. I saw a huge crowd, too huge to count. Everyone was there—all nations and tribes, all races and languages. And they were standing, dressed in white robes and waving palm branches, standing before the Throne and the Lamb and heartily singing.  Revelation 7:9-12 The Message (MSG)

Notice the view from heaven. The Lord’s Prayer describes the dream in this fashion:   “….thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Matt 6:10

In the heavenly view it shows a multi-ethnic (mixed) multitude harmonizing the same song. The “on earth” part of the supposition is where we are in 21st century America.

The only way that harmony can be done is through the reconciliation that God has called all sides of the cultural divide to participate in. The Great Social experiment of antiquity has now come full circle.  

Act 2 of the social experiment took place at Pentecost in Acts chapter 2 God broke down the language barriers of this culturally comprehensive and diverse (mixed multitude). This reconciliation commenced out of communication and willingness to express faith in love in a God ordained, contextualized manner that was respectful and submissive to the foreign listener. This was accomplished by valuing his/her way of linguistic as well as cultural expression. In essence, Pentecost unmasked involved far more than only Glossolalia (speaking in tongues)

Reconciliation involves respectful submission. This is exemplified in appreciating, valuing and investing in the other person. When we speak of investing, it entails stepping out and actually engaging. Someone must go first or we will continue the perpetual standoff.  

Act 3, leads us back to our society today. For whatever reason God has brought us all into America from every nation tribe and tongue play a role in the global reconciliation of the Diasporas residue that resulted from Babel. Believers must not be so divided but they must live the dream by the Ministry of reconciliation. They must play an essential role in “Building the Bridge over the Ethnic/Cultural Divide” to become that light that shines in the dark place of society divided over the complexities of racial, ethnic, gender, economic and cultural division. 

Ephesians 2:19-22 The Message (MSG) – That’s plain enough, isn’t it? You’re no longer wandering exiles. This kingdom of faith is now your home country. You’re no longer strangers or outsiders. You belong here, with as much right to the name Christian as anyone. God is building a home. He’s using us all—irrespective of how we got here—in what he is building. He used the apostles and prophets for the foundation. Now he’s using you, fitting you in brick by brick, stone by stone, with Christ Jesus as the cornerstone that holds all the parts together. We see it taking shape day after day—a holy temple built by God, all of us built into it, a temple in which God is quite at home.”

Kevin K. Robinson Executive Director of Accord1

December 4, 2011





6 Responses to “Living the Dream”
  1. Bev Robinson says:

    That was very moving. We are each required to love one another beyond the surface level. Together we assist each other in the quest toward the American Dream. The interpretation is as unique as the dreamer, That is what makes living so exciting!!!! __Living the Dream

  2. accord1 says:

    Reblogged this on accord1 and commented:

    On this 236th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence we must begin living this dream called America; not just for some but for everyone. Happy Independence Day from Accord1

  3. accord1 says:

    On this 236th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence we must begin living this dream called America; not just for some but for everyone. Happy Independence Day from Accord1

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