Ever go on a LONG roadtrip with kids?  The classic question from the back seat is — what?  “Are we there yet?”   As we commemorated the legacy of Dr. King yesterday at Blue Ridge Presbyterian Church in the annual celebration service (which was fantastic!), the question remains, “are we there yet?”  Are we there yet on this road trip to peace and unity as a people?  Are we there yet on this journey of righteousness in which we are called by Christ to love our God with all our heart, mind, soul and strength and our neighbors as ourselves?   Are we there yet?  Or does the color of skin remain, amazingly here in the 21st century, a basis of division and enmity?

Back in October, my wife Janet and I were in Washington, D.C. for our 10th wedding anniversary.  It was a wonderful weekend.  That Saturday, the sky was a brilliant blue and we made our way down to the reflecting pool to see the new King National Memorial.  I thought it was stunning.  King’s statue, launched it seemed out of that “mountain of sorrow,” stands looking across the tidal basin at the Jefferson Memorial and the author  of the Declaration of Independence and those words “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men [and women] are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

And Jefferson, now, from his own vantage point, stares across at the civil rights leader who was killed 192 years after the Declaration of Independence was adopted because he sought to claim the promise of 1776.

Just as Jefferson and King now stand in stone, immovable, facing each other – do you ever find yourself, standing face-to-face with someone of another race, immovable?

Are we there yet?   Are you there yet?