April 4th, 2009, HQ Church, Seoul Korea
As I come to Korea this day, with a word from God especially for you, those words have never been more relevant than they are today: “We must learn to live together as brothers and sisters or we will perish together as fools.”That has been the message of Reverend Moon since I have had the privilege of meeting him. In 1971, when after the tragic assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968 I became the first member of his team to be elected to the Congress in the United States, and I want you know that my very first visitor as a member of Congress was none other than our beloved Reverend Sun Myung Moon! (Applause)
Yeon Ah Nim:
Good afternoon brothers and sisters! It’s great to be back from America. We are really honored to have you all here. As you all know, today we have a special guest, Dr. and Rev. Walter Fauntroy. Let’s give him a warm welcome applause.
Hyung Jin Nim:
Reverend, it’s good to be in church, isn’t it? Brothers and sisters, it’s so good to see you all here. We’re so happy to be back from America and to see you all here come together and give glory to God and True Parents, that’s what it’s all about. Today we have a distinguished guest. I’ll introduce him a little later.
Today we really want to be in the spirit, in the same spirit we have every Saturday, that is to come together and to understand that God loves us. We’re here to understand that when we look at God’s word, He tells us that we have divine value, we have creative value. God has instilled within us tremendous hopes and desires and dreams, and He wishes for us to accomplish those things. When we live our life not only focusing on our own desires and dreams, but stepping beyond that, inheriting that True Love, spreading that, then we start bringing God’s presence to the world. And that’s when He starts blessing us, when we actualize our own dreams and ambitions.
Brothers and sisters, it’s always so important that when we come together, it is for the purpose of giving glory to God, praising Him, helping Him be lifted up. When we do that, then our week is going to go better, our week is going to become more blessed, and we’re going to truly live that blessed life where we inherit God’s True Love and are a blessing to the rest of this world. If you believe that, let’s give it up for God and True Parents.
Opening prayer by Hyung Jin Nim:
Heavenly Father, thank You so much for this day that You have blessed upon us. Father we stand in your presence in this beautiful sanctuary, on this beautiful spring day. Father, You have brought us from all different countries of the world. Father, in this sanctuary we have brothers and sisters from Russia , the Czech Republic, Slovakia, from the Americas, from Asia, China and Taiwan . Father, we are so grateful that we’re all here together in Your Fatherland, giving praise and thanks. Finally Your Heart has been liberated from the thousands of years of suffering, the thousands of years of loneliness. We are so grateful that True Parents taught us, that Your divine essence is True Love, that is the love that lives for others and that is the power that can overcome the worst enemy naturally, naturally. Father, we’re so grateful that we’re able to inherit that and be greater blessings to this world. Father, we pray that You may be with each and every one of the families here today. Give them strength; give them new overcoming power for the year 2009. And Father, we pray that even though the world may say to us that we cannot be victorious this year, we will see ourselves rise to new victory, new illumination and new peace for this world, and we’ll live that blessed life that You have blessed us to live. We’ll inherit Your True Love.
Thank You so much, Lord. We’re so grateful once more that we’re able to be here together with our Christian brother Rev. Fauntroy. We pray that You may speak Your history, Your power through him and let his words and Your heart touch every single person that is here today. Father, we pray that You may be here with us. We offer You our greatest gratitude and our everlasting love. In our names we pray as one family together here. Aju.
Hyung Jin Nim’s Introduction of Rev. Fauntroy:
I have the distinguished honour to welvome the Rev. Dr. Walter E. Fauntroy. He has an incredible career. He was educated at Virginia University, also at Yale Divinity School. He, of course, has been the pastor of the New Bethel Baptist Church from 1959 up until the present. He has been in the City Council of Washington, the Vice-chairman of that entire group. He has been a Delegate for the House of Representative in Washington from 1971 to 1990. He has been chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus from 1981 till 1983, and he is the founder and President of the Walter Fauntroy and Associates Consulting Group from 1990 until the present.
Dr. Fauntroy is a tremendous leader who walked with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He is a great supporter and a great son to our True Parents. From the very first time that Father came to America, he had a conversation with Father, where Father proclaimed that the person he respected most in all American history was the great Martin Luther King Jr. Ever since then Dr. Fauntroy has been attending our True Parents, supporting our True Parents. Even though people persecuted him or even though people did not understand he always stepped up with a greater heart and a greater vision and understood the role of our True Parents. Dr. Fauntroy is an incredible community leader. He organized so many community services.
He not only is a great pastor, a great leader in Congress, and a great politician, but he is also an incredible family man. Nineteen years ago he adopted a child whose mother was addicted to crack cocaine, and he raised that child from infancy. There were so many incredible obstacles that his family had to endure; so many times dark days they had to endure, but they overcame every one of those obstacles with love. Three weeks after they adopted that baby, they took her in to have a check up with a doctor and the doctor said: “I don’t believe my eyes! You loved the crack out of this baby. You loved this baby so much that you have healed her. Physically you have healed her!”
This child, of course, is Dr. Fauntroy’s greatest pride and inspiration. We do believe that he was showing us the picture book that he was carrying in his wallet. He has a picture of his beautiful daughter in his wallet. She is now 19 and is going to Trinity College, fulfilling those great dreams and potentials that God has given her, giving praise and glory to God every step of the way. We are so delighted to have Rev. Fauntroy today with us and I am going to step down right now and invite the incredible Rev. Dr. Walter Fauntroy. Brothers and sisters, let’s give it!
Main Sermon given by Rev. Fauntroy
Thank you. Praise the Lord, praise the Lord. Thank you so very much to my brothers and sisters in the Lord, to our True Parents, to you who are for this moment in time the Joshua generation that will lead the whole world into the promised land of sisterhood and brotherhood for people of every race, creed and color on this planet, as we celebrate one family under God.
I want you to know, I come bringing you greetings at first from the New Bethel Baptist Church of Washington, D.C. It is the church of my childhood. It is the church that fried chicken and cooked chit lain dinners for a year to get me off (to help me to go) to college and the church which, upon the completion of my preparation for the Christian ministry, honored me with the highest calling to which a person may be summoned, that is the privilege of preaching the good news of the Gospel to the poor, binding up the broken hearted and setting at liberty them that are bound. I thank God for what He has done in my life, as I have developed an attitude of gratitude for everything that He has done for me.
I bring you greetings as well from my family who is among those who set public policy in our nation’s capital. As a founding member of the National Black Caucus which over these years has become the conscience of the Congress I bring you greetings from those who share with me the legacy of having worked with and for the most important man with the most important message, in the most violent century in the history of humankind. That man was Martin Luther King Jr., and his message was simply this: “Either we learn to live together as brothers and sisters on this planet or we will perish together as fools.”
As I come to Korea this day, with a word from God especially for you, those words have never been more relevant than they are today: “We must learn to live together as brothers and sisters or we will perish together as fools.”
That has been the message of Reverend Moon since I have had the privilege of meeting him. In 1971, when after the tragic assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968 I became the first member of his team to be elected to the Congress in the United States, and I want you know that my very first visitor as a member of Congress was none other than our beloved Reverend Sun Myung Moon! (Applause)
I , in that period with Andy Young and the Reverend Joseph Lowery, were, quite frankly, in the doldrums because we had lost Martin Luther King Jr. by assassination. But when I listened to this man of God, whose language I could not speak or understand, but who conveyed to me through an interpreter the fact that this man carries the very message that Martin Luther King Jr. carried in his life time, the need for us to be one family under God. Martin called it “the Beloved Community,” where God’s love permeates every person and every family.
I am one of the descendants of the people who underwent the cruelest form of slavery in the history of the world, a slavery based on the destruction of the family. Uniquely in human history, we were deliberately chained into the slave ships, each black person bound to another of a different tribe and a different language, to discourage communication and break their spirits. We stood on auction blocks and were sold down the river, mothers deliberately separated from their children, fathers from their sons, brothers from their sisters, never to see one another again. There is little wonder then, that when a black slave child came to himself on a plantation and you would ask him who he was, whence he’d come (where he had come from) and whither (where) he was headed, he could only say: “I am a poor pilgrim of sorrow. I am lost in this wide world alone with no hope for tomorrow. But since I have been here, I have heard of a city called Heaven. I have heard that God is our Father. If God is our Father, then every man of every race, creed and color is my brother and my sister and we are family.” That’s how we survived.
Well, the joy of that experience, of coming to know God and to understand His message for the Obama generation, the Joshua generation, has kept me living, moving and embracing. The one thing that I’ve come here to emphasize is your need to join Father Moon in building the World Peace and Unity Temple here in Seoul. (Applause)
And for that reason I have come with a word from God for you. That word is found in the 26th chapter of the book of Genesis, verses 17 through 25. As I speak to you from the subject: “Keep digging wells,” let me read here this first verse because, when the beleaguered children of Israel referred to this text, they realized that they had been blessed with the knowledge of where to dig wells for clean, pure, and life giving water.
Let me read this chapter to you. It simply says, “Isaac’s servants dug the wells of water which they had dug in the days of Abraham, their father. For the Philistines had stopped them up after the death of Abraham and he called their names after the names by which his father had called them.” It goes on to say, “Isaac’s servants dug in the valley and found there a well of springing water. And the herdsmen of Ge’rah did strive with Isaac’s herdsmen, saying, ‘The water is ours,’ and he called the name of the well, Esek, because they strove with him.
And they dug yet another well, and then strove for that also, and called that well Sinah. And he moved from there, and dug another well; and for that they strove not, and he called the name of that well Rebecca. And he said,’ For God now has made room for us and we shall be fruitful in the land.’
And he went on to Bethsheba. And the Lord appeared unto him that same night and said, ‘I am the God of Abraham, thy father. Fear not, for I am with thee, and God will bless thee, for my servant Abraham’s sake.’ And yet he built another altar there, and called upon the name of the Lord, and pitched his tent there, and there Isaac’s servants dug a well.”
Now what in the world is that all about? And what does it have to do with the Temple? Let me review the story because when Isaac took the children of Israel back to the land of promise, they found that every time they went to a site where the children of Israel under Abraham had dug wells to get water, their enemies put dirt in the water so that they could not survive because water is life. So they had to move on and they decided that they would keep digging wells.
And they went to another site where Abraham had informed them, “If you go there, there is a well that I built, and that I dug years ago.” And they dug out the well and got from it pure water. And the Philistines, their enemies, said, “We must destroy them.” So they threw dirt in the well but they did not stop them because they said, “We are going to keep on digging wells”, and they went on to another site where Abraham had left a map as to where they should go, and they dug out the well again and pure water sprang forth, and this time they did not have to leave. They stayed there and grew.
Yet there came a time when they said, “There is not enough for us to be content here. We have a worldwide mission,” and they left there and went to Beersheba and they dug a well and they built an altar in honor of Father Abraham, who had gone home to be with God.
And what’s the relevance of that to the Temple? I am glad you asked that question. (Laughs) Because Father Moon’s life has paralleled the work of Isaac in telling his people, “We must keep digging wells.” I shall never forget when Father Moon came to America. I was so impressed with the fact that God had not left us without a witness and that there would come a day when Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream of our entering the land of promise would become a living reality. You recall that 40 years ago, last November, Martin Luther King Jr. went to a church in Memphis, Tennessee, and said, “I am not fearing any man. I have been to the mountaintop; I have seen the Promised Land. I will not get there with you, but we as a people will get to the Promised Land.” (Applause).
That was his vision. And how disappointed and crushed we were when on April the 4th, 1968, he was assassinated with one bullet that severed in a second his aorta. Martin used to tell us that, because death was a possibility, that we should tell the whole world that, if anything happened to him, that before the smoke cleared, his soul would be shouting in glory.
The fact is – and I know this because I chaired the committee that investigated the assassination of my brother Martin Luther King Jr. – the fact is and you ought to know that Martin did not even hear the shot that ended his life. The marksman was so expert that he severed his aorta, and life ebbed immediately, before the sound of the bullet could reach his ears. I do not know about YOU but I want to die with my boots on, too. (Applause)
But a little over a year ago when we were there to celebrate the 42nd anniversary of the march from Selma to Montgomery that gave us our voting rights, Joe Lowerey and I met a young man who had a very funny name. His name was Barack … Hussein … Ossama Balama… And I said, “This man is crazy if he thinks that in America a black man named Barack Ossama Obama can be president.” He convinced me he could be president when he said: “Dr. Lowery, you and Walter are members of the Moses generation, but we are members of the Joshua generation, and our job is to take God’s people into the land of promise.”
I said: “My goodness, we have here not only a technically competent scholar but a spiritually mature servant of God who understood what all Muslims, all Christians, all Jews understand, and that is the Joshua story. And so I said, “My goodness!” He said, “Forty years is long enough for us to be wandering around in the wilderness of man’s inhumanity to man. Somebody ought to say, ‘Yes, we can go into the land of promise.’”
And so as weeks and months unfolded and the ten spies said, “We cannot go into the land of the promise! There are giants over there and we are like grasshoppers in our own sight.” But they said, “No, we give the minority report.” The report of Joshua and Caleb was, “With God’s help, yes, we can!”
Do you know God is able? I shall never forget the evening of November 4th, 2008, forty years after Dr. King was assassinated. I had at New Bethel a watch night service. We were there to watch, to see if God could do the impossible and I’ll never forget, at ten o’clock at night, someone came on television and said, “Well, it looks like there will be children in the White House for the first time since John F. Kennedy.” And when that happened, the Church erupted, and we ran into the street, everybody was shouting, “Yes, we can, yes, we can!”
The reason those of us who knew Father Moon were encouraged, is that we knew that he was following Isaac who kept digging wells. When he came to America he said, “We must dig a well here in the midst of the greatest democracy in the world that has the greatest promise.” And the promise is this, that there ought to be a place somewhere in the world where people of every race, of every creed, of every color can live together as brothers and sisters in a social contract to care for, protect and defend one another beyond race, beyond creed and beyond color. That’s why Dr. King said, “I have a dream deeply rooted in the American dream,” and where is that dream? We ought to live together and act as one family under God.
That was Father Moon’s vision and that’s why the world peace and unity Temple is the collective representation of all of that, and will stand for a thousand years if you do what you must do, to lead the world between now and 2013. Write it down! (Applause)
When Father Moon came to America I was so thrilled that someone was picking up the mission. It was not long before I heard that somebody was throwing dirt in the well. Before I knew it, our enemies, the enemies of peace and brotherhood and sisterhood, had put Father Moon in jail. Did you hear that? And he had dirt in the well, but I shall never forget that by one miracle he was freed, and when he came out, he kept digging wells. (Applause).
He re-dug the wells among those in America and then dug some wells in South America and they are still drawing water. He dug some wells in South-East Asia and in Africa; he dug some wells in Germany and in France and in Europe. And every once in a while his enemies would throw dirt in the well and isolate him and people of God like you, who understand that God is the Father of all of us, of every race, creed and color. And He wants us to live together as brothers and sisters under God. (Applause)
And that’s what makes your mission so meaningful for these times. I know it because of what has happened in the world, when more people in the world than at any other time in history support the agenda of Barack Obama on this planet. You ought to know that the charge that Father Moon has given you and the charge that we who love the Lord have assumed in America, is one that is a fruit of our belief that “if My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sins and I will heal the land.”
This land needs healing. When people are going mad with sin and wrong, when we are teetering on the brink of the worst economic collapse in the history of mankind on this planet; when the wealthy few are denying the un-moneyed many jobs and healthcare and housing and justice, God needs his people to answer the demand of the prophet Isaiah who speaks to all Muslims, all Christians, all Jews, because we are all part of the Abraham federation and says, “You are annointed of God to declare good news to the poor, to bind up the broken hearted and to set at liberty them that are bound.” That’s our mission.
And when the people of the world heard that there was a technically competent and spiritually mature person running for the presidency, named Barack Obama, they began to think, “Yes, we need change. We want change and we support change.”
And guess what? The prestigious Readers’ Digest Magazine did a scientifically reliable and objectively verifiable poll of people on every continent of our planet and learned a month before the election that 80% of the people of the world wanted Barack Obama to be the President of the United States and the leader of the world in this precarious and treacherous era of world history. When the poll showed that, I said, “Do you know, is there anything too hard for God?” and guess what happened? On November 4th: “Yes, we can!” (We) won the day. (Applause)
How providential that God had been preparing the Unification Church to provide the context within which we build not one nation but one WORLD under God with a message and with a plan to do that. (Applause)
We’ve got great work to do. We’ve got to organize that 80%. I know that they are there. I saw it on the television set. When they said that Barack Obama is the President of the United States, I saw them shouting in Japan, I saw them shouting in Darfour, and I saw them shouting in the Middle East and on the West Bank and in Israel. I saw them shouting in Latin America, in the Congo and all over the world because they have a dream. It is the dream deeply rooted in what you have been taught in these years that you have identified with Father Moon and the Unification Church. Yes, we can. (Applause) Yes, we can!
For that reason, we’ve got to recognize that we must fulfill that dream, while Father’s eyes can see, and while his ears can hear, and while his heart can feel the love that we have for him, for his mission and for his God. And that’s why this is such a precious moment for the Unification Church. For the responsibility of the Unification Church is to lead. Do you understand that? We are not to be tail lights, we’re to be headlights. (Applause) We are not to be thermometers, measuring the temperature; we’re to be thermostats, setting the temperature.
And just as there were those in America who told us, “You are dreaming, and he is dreaming if he thinks he can unify all the religions of the world in something called a Unification effort. He’s dreaming! He is dreaming that by building businesses that support the mission of the Church that people will come forward and build not just a church, not just a mega church….” because the vision of Father is that this will be a church for ALL human beings where every religious tradition and every spirituality will be able to acknowledge the fact that we are all brothers and sisters of every race, creed and color, and that God requires of us two things: that we love Him with all our heart, our mind and spirit and souls and that we love our neighbor as ourselves.
Let me tell you how important it is that this lesson be understood and taught and lived. I’d rather see a sermon LIVED than to hear one any day. I’d rather that you SHOW me than merely point the way. Father Moon understands, Martin Luther King Jr. understood and you must understand that religion is a unifying system of values that gives meaning and purpose to one’s life. That is what Hinduism is to Hindus; that’s what Buddhism is to Buddhists; that’s what Islam is to Muslims; that’s what Christianity is to Christians and that’s what Judaism is to Jews: a unifying system of values that gives meaning and purpose to life.
That is what Atheism is to Atheists; it is a unifying system of values that gives meaning and purpose to their lives. If you don’t have a unifying system of values that gives meaning and purpose to your life, you are what we call certifiably committable. That is, you are stone crazy. If you wake up in the morning and you do not know who you are, or what your purpose is, you are stone crazy.
In fact, the problem with getting Father’s Moon message over is that too many of us who claim to be religious talk east and walk west on our basic values and tenets. How can you claim to be religious and go and kill someone in the name of God? Stone crazy! How can you claim to be religious and deny a child a father in the home, deny a mother the strength and comfort of a husband who loves and cares for and protects and defends her and the family? And at a time when the people on this planet have gone crazy over sex, crazy, children need fathers and mothers working together in a family, to teach them how to care for and protect one another.
And you cannot have civil society unless you have a society of families that have an extended view of who is in my family. And the problem with religion is that we do not concentrate enough on loving our neighbor as ourselves.
One of the things for which I am a legend on Capitol Hill is that I explain to people that there are five things that all human beings of every race, creed and color require, if they are to have a decent quality of life. Everybody has to have access to income. You cannot make it in this life unless you have something coming in everyday. That’s why I thank the Lord and pray, “Give me this day my daily bread,” because I can’t live on yesterday’s blessings! I need income. Secondly, you need education to earn money. Children do not come here educated, knowing how to earn money. They have to be taught. And they have to be taught values that enable them to use money responsibly and respectfully. Third, everybody needs healthcare. What good is it to have some income and some education and you are dying of cancer, or diabetes or any of these diseases that take life. You got to have healthcare. Fourth, you have to have access to shelter from the elements. You have to have housing. Man was not made to live in the elements. That’s why the cavemen were smart, “Look, we cannot live out here with these hurricanes, blizzards. We need a place to call home.” So they got in the cave and called it home. Everybody needs housing.
And finally, everybody requires justice so that if we have some income, healthcare, education and housing, nobody can take it from you with impunity. And when you got those five things, adequate income, education, healthcare, housing and justice, you have what Jesus called “the abundant life.” “I have come that you might have life and that you might have it more abundantly.”
Five things: some income, education, healthcare, housing and justice. In fact, the reason that Father Moon in his wisdom said that we must take the message from the fatherland to the United States of America is because they have the principles: “We hold these truths to be self evident that all men are created equal.”
The principle is that you cannot have domestic tranquility if you don’t have general welfare. And that means that I love my neighbor and you ought to love your neighbor in self-defense.
I want my neighbor to have his own income because if he doesn’t, guess whose income he is coming for? I’m his neighbor. I want my neighbor to have appreciation for education for the children because if he doesn’t, guess whose schools he’s going to be ruining? My child’s school. And if my child doesn’t learn how to earn some income, I am losing my social security when I get too old to earn some income, or my education does not keep up with the new technologies, or my house begins to fail, or my housing mortgage gets too high.
I want somebody say: “Daddy, I got your back (help you). You took care of me when I did not have access to income, education, housing or justice, and I am going to take care of you because we are once a man and woman and twice a child in need of support from those who love us.”
And so I want my neighbor to have appreciation for education, I want my neighbor to have his own house. Brother, when it gets cold and he doesn’t have a house, guess whose house he’s going to break into? And I want my neighbor to have justice. Because if he doesn’t, guess who’s going to feel the weight of his anger? Feeling the pain of being unjustly treated and anger leads to violence and violence drives people insane. You’ve got to be insane to decide, “I’m going to fix this thing up, and I’m going to tie a bomb to myself, and I’m going to get them.”
In many of the third world countries, among the least of these, we are in danger of becoming an insane asylum with the inmates in charge, driven mad by the fact that we don’t care for, protect and defend one another. Father Moon understands that. That’s why his legacy for all time is going to be what you do between now and the year 2013. I do not want to put that heavy burden on you, but I know that I will help, and people of conscience of every race, and creed and color are looking for us to see in this era the convergence of the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and the legacy of Father Sun Myung Moon.
That’s what’s happening in the world. We must become the foot soldiers in the Obama generation when we act like we are the Joshua generation that says, “Yes, we can! Yes, we can live together! Yes, we can get along together! Yes, we can acknowledge our childhood and our brotherhood and sisterhood under God as one family under God.”
That’s an awesome responsibility that you have, and I want you to give me and the world what we need in these difficult times in world history.
I’ve had some great moments in my life that I call great moments in time. I was growing up in a segregated America. Because of the color of our skin, people like us could not drink water from the same fountains as other people. We could not go to the same restaurants, could not go to the same schools. I had one great moment in time when practicing the ethic of love for our enemies, we were saying to them, “Beat us up with Billy clubs and we’ll still love you; knock us down and we’ll still love you; bomb our churches on Sunday morning, kill our children in the church school but we will still love you and in the end we’re going to win our rights and win you in the process.” They said, “These guys are crazy, where did they get that from?” (Applause)
I had a great moment in time when I stood in the east wing of the White House with Martin Luther King Jr. and watched Lyndon Johnson sign a piece of paper that said “Enough is enough.” Cut it out! I remember! And we stood there and he said, “Walter, can you imagine the fact that we are standing where hundreds and millions of our people have longed to stand for 400 years? Can you imagine that public policy says that you will not do that (injustice) to children of God based solely on the color of their skin?”
I had a great moment in time when I launched as a member of Congress, chairman of the sub-committee on domestic and monetary policy, when I launched the Free South Africa Movement with my arrest at the South-African Embassy on Thanksgiving Eve at a time when ABC and NBC and CBS had nothing much to report about but turkeys. I got arrested and the next day on Thanksgiving Day every half hour on a half hour, I was coming out in the living-rooms all over America when they said, “Congressman arrested!” When they heard this there was an outcry “We knew he was no good! That was one of those colored Congressmen. They’re always getting arrested for something.”
But because it was a slow day (not many news), every half hour on a half hour I was coming in interrupting the football game. They said, “Where’s Apartheid?” and Ted Koppel said, “All right, I’ll tell you, ABC will send a camera to South-Africa to film what’s going on.” And where ABC went, CBS had to go and NBC had to go and British World News had to go. And I sat back for a year watching them do my work, raising consciousness, and pricking the conscience of enough people who in America said to their members of Congress, “Don’t let your name show up on my ballot if you haven’t voted to do two things: put sanctions on South-Africa, take the money, and declare a national holiday for the man who gave his life for the sake of truth and others in the Civil Rights’ Movement.”
That’s why in 108 nations around the world, every January 15th, they celebrate the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. There are children of every creed, race and color on this planet who know how to say, “I have a dream.” When they heard that somebody forty years after Dr. King’s assassination said, “Yes, we can!” they said, “Yes, we can!”
The job is not finished until the year 2013, when you provide the world with a context right here in Seoul for recognizing that we are all brothers and sisters, that we are all one family under God. You have an awesome responsibility and I just ask you to give me one more moment in time. Whitney Houston is a singer just like these sweet singers that you have right here. Weren’t they good? My goodness! And when you sang “Amazing Grace” (Applause) it fills my heart with a joy that I hope to experience, the Lord willing, when we move in to that marvelous Temple for all people in this land, in this place. I can’t wait, and until then I am asking you to do for me what Whitney Houston said she is doing for the world as well. She sings between now and the year 2013.
(He sings 🙂 “Each day I live, I want to be a day to give the best of me.
I’m only one but not alone, our finest day is yet unknown.
We broke our hearts for every gain (in prison) to taste the sweet, we faced the pain,
I rise and fall but through it all, this much remains:
I want one more moment in one time when we’re more than they thought we could be,
when all of our dreams are a heartbeat away and the answers are all up to me.
Give me one more moment in time when we’re racing with destiny (2013)!
Then in that one moment of time, we shall feel eternity.
I live to give my very best; I want it all, no time for less.
You’ve laid our plans, now there’s a chance here in our hands.
Give me one more moment in one time when we’re more than they thought we could be,
when all of our dreams are a heartbeat away and the answers are all up to me.
Give me one more moment in time when we’re racing (in the Obama era) with destiny.
Then in that one moment of time, we shall feel (when we walk in the place!) eternity.
You’re a winner for a lifetime if you seize this one moment in time. Make it shine!
Give me one more moment in time when we’re racing with destiny.
Then in that one moment of time, we shall be, we shall be free!”
Free to be one family under God in the World Peace and Unity Temple! God Bless you!
Transcriber: Jean Debacker / Diane Chaillie
Editor:Rev. Bruno Klotz / Prof. Robin Debacker