November 28, 2007
My feets is tired, but my soul is rested
Barack Obama is wrong. Alan Keyes is correct. Abortion is the slave holders position. The thought was that black people were not developed enough to be treated as human beings and therefore could be bought and sold at will. The thinking behind abortion is that a child in the womb is not developed enough to be treated as a human being. Keyes sights the Constitution when he says that the issue is not that we are developed or born it's that we are created equal and therefore endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights. Primarily, the right to life. Abortion is a civil rights issue and the battle for civil rights is a long wearisome march.
Dr. Martin Luther King spoke to this fatigue the week after the Selma March in a message titled "Our God is Marching On. "We have walked through desolate valleys and across the trying hills. We have walked on meandering highways and rested our bodies on rocky byways. Some of our faces are burned from the outpourings of the sweltering sun. Some have literally slept in the mud. We have been drenched by the rains. Our bodies are tired and our feet are somewhat sore. But today as I stand before you and think back over that great march, I can say, as Sister Pollard said—a seventy-year-old Negro woman who lived in this community during the bus boycott—and one day, she was asked while walking if she didn’t want to ride. And when she answered, "No," the person said, "Well, aren’t you tired?" And with her ungrammatical profundity, she said, "My feets is tired, but my soul is rested." And in a real sense this afternoon, we can say that our feet are tired, but our souls are rested."
Here I am in my umpteened post on voter fatigue in South Dakota on the abortion issue. The bottom line is that there is a peace (a shalom, or REST) when you are on the right side of this justice issue.