I thought this article from NPR was fascinating. It is titled: “What do we forget when we remember history?” In it, the author recounts how NPR has tried to tweet out links to historic news articles during this year of remembrance for the 1963 March on Washington. As the author notes, the March was only one of many events that were happening that summer, and which changed the world we know today. Yet the newspapers of the time–especially those in the South–failed to adequately provide news coverage of many of these events.
Today, many times, I feel like we have too much news coverage of some events; our media today blows stories out of proportion to fill time on channels devoted solely to news. But it is important to remember a time when the media weren’t always telling the stories that mattered, and turned a blind eye towards a disenfranchised people. As leaders in today’s society, it is important for all of us to reach out to the disenfranchised in our society; but more than that, it is also important to tell their stories, and to rally others to their cause.
As a Christian, I believe strongly that that is what Jesus would have done were He in our shoes today. He calls us to love Him first and foremost, and out of that love for Him will flow an abundance of love for others–not just a love for the people near and dear to our hearts, but love for our neighbors, the poor, the hopeless, the disenfranchised, and yes, even our enemies.
As we remember a great March in our nation’s history, we must also remember that the world we live in still needs a great amount of change–change that can only truly be brought about by God’s hand.