Last night, just 155 years after the Emancipation of slaves, and just 45 years to the day after Martin Luther King, Jr., gave his great I Have a Dream Speech, Senator Barack Obama accepted the Democratic nomination for President.
And then today, almost exactly 88 years after the August 26, 1920 passing of the Nineteenth Amendment which gave women the right to vote, Senator McCain nominated Alaskan governor Sarah Palin to be his Vice Presidential running mate.
As the author of one book on the legacy of African American soul care (Beyond the Suffering), and another on the legacy of women’s soul care (Sacred Friendships), my passion is to listen to the voice to the voiceless.
Well, the previously voiceless, disenfranchised, and powerless among us now have risen to the highest places of power. As I mentioned in yesterday’s blog, so I would say today. One need not be pro-Obama to be pro-advancement of minorities. And one need not be pro-Palin to be pro-advancement of women.
Governor Palin will be the darling of the social conservatives with her committed Christian background, her pro-life focus, and her family values. But even beyond that, she will be a shining light once more reminding us that in Christ there is neither slave nor free, male nor female, but all are equal, all are bearers of God’s image.