'I have a dream' inspired speech by Isabella, Year 9

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In Religious Studies Year 9 have beenlearning about Martin Luther King and writing their own speech inspired by Christian teachings. Here is a fantastic example by Isabella...

“I have a dream that my children will one day live in a nation where they will be judged not by the colour of their skin, but by the sort of people they are.”


That when people walk along the street, they shall not be silently judged for the way they look, but welcomed with open arms and made to feel safe and helped. In the bible, it is said that a man once walked down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and on his way he was attacked by robbers who stripped him of all that he had. Both a priest and a Levite walked that road later on, but instead of helping the man, they passed to the other side. Finally, when a Samaritan passed him, he helped him, binding his wounds and paying for him to rest in a nearby inn. One day, I hope that no one shall act in the way that priest or the Levite acted, but not even in our modern age are we close to a time like that. So instead, I ask of you that we all act like the Samaritan and care for all of our neighbours, instead of staying away and judging silently.


A quote from very early in the bible reads: 'So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.' It is here that any Christian can immediately see that all persecution is wrongdoing of the highest order. They can see that all people were made in the image of God, meaning that we are all equal. No one is placed on a pedestal or worshipped as perfect, but all are treated as the same, no matter their race. To combat racism, Christians can tell others that we are all equal and each wonderful in our own right, no matter what we look like, where we come from or what we believe.


And finally, possibly the most famous quote from the bible, 'Love your neighbour as yourself'. This quote tells us that we should love one another indiscriminately, as we would want others to love us. Christians can follow this quote by loving all others without making people feel unwelcome. Help the homeless, donate to charity, even helping children with their homework or baking for other people as a present could help bring other people together and allow people to love one-another even more.

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