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Believers urged to 'carry the dream' at MLK service

By Glenn Evans
Jan. 20, 2013 at 11 p.m.

Dreams such as the one of unity Martin Luther King Jr. dreamed require successors to be successful, a minister told worshippers in a multi-congregational meeting in Longview on Sunday.

"Dreams have to do more than inspire us," the Rev. Tom McDaniels told some 130 congregants in Galilee Baptist Church. "Dreams have to be bought by the next generation. ... The successor of the dream can't just be inspired by the dream. He has to be committed to the dream."

McDaniels, pastor of LifeBridge Christian Center, borrowed King's analogy of Moses taking the children of Israel to the brink of the promised land - but leaving its entry to a successor, Joshua.

"And we realize right here in this moment that there is no true success unless there is a successor," McDaniels said. "It's easy to come to a celebration like this. It becomes a whole other issue to live as we're supposed to live. We, the church, have not carried this portion of the dream far enough. Ninety-three percent of all churches have no cultural diversity whatsoever. So, we have to ask the question: are we working and carrying the dream? We like the dream, but do we buy the dream?"

The minister asked his listeners if they are making room for God to " something multicultural in the church."

"Because love has no color," he added, stressing each word separately. "We are 50 years beyond his dream. Church! We've got work to do."

Earlier, MLK Day essay winner Nick Novy shared an eyewitness account of King's dream playing out in the Longview High School lunchroom. The senior had watched a fellow student with a disability who ate alone, then was joined by a classmate and eventually was part of a group of friends eating together every day.

"What we do now provides a transition to the even greater things we are capable of," Novy concluded.



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