Dr. Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. is rolling over in his grave. After God Himself, Dr. King seems one of the most often misquoted, misunderstood, and misapplied men of faith in the United States. Consider:
To celebrate his legacy, a parade was held in a major city under the theme of “All Races, All Genders, All Religions…” etc. Now Dr. King did believe in equality under the law, but that’s very different from uniformity or universal tolerance. Dr. King was not a gay-rights advocate, nor did he advocate any religion outside of Christianity. Let’s examine his “I have a dream” speech:
“I have a dream…that one day…all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics…will sing…’Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!’ ” These excerpts do not point to universalism, Hinduism, dualism, Islam, or any other religious distinction outside of those who follow Jesus. And Dr. King wasn’t a feminist; neither was his wife. Where did the parade organizers get the phrase ‘all religions’ and ‘all genders’ unless they have an agenda?
The truth matters. Dr. King stood for equality of legal and political opportunity and the protection of rights. He did not stand for letting everyone do what they like and calling it fine. He did not stand for the removal of moral standards or the sentiment “why can’t we all just get along”. He advocated character above all else as the standard of evaluation for an individual, character as measured by God’s word, not human relativism. He stood for absolute truth, for discrimination. Yes, I said it. Dr. Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. based the standards of his life on discrimination.
He knew no one could live by all perspectives, so he chose one – he chose to believe in God and follow the Bible. He had to discriminate against other possible worldviews and reject their assertions of truth completely in order to follow Christ.
He also discriminated against various methods of protest and political change. While some advocated violence, he believed in suffering rather than inflicting suffering. Some advocated reverse discrimination, and still do using his name and reputation; Dr. King’s speech does not favor “Black Power” or any other group having oppressive power over another. He was against slavery in every form, no matter the master. Where was this message in the parade? Oh, yeah, it won’t sell. Somehow, I don’t think the good doctor would be impressed. Some of his followers have misinterpreted, misapplied, and misused his message to bring about the opposite of what he intended…sort of like Jesus and some of His followers.
The Bible says that God is not mocked; we will reap what we sow. We cannot be hypocrites, for Christ or Dr. King, without serious consequences. The truth sets us free; twisting the truth makes us prisoners, and we know where Christ and Dr. King stand on that one. See Isaiah 61:1-3 and the “I have a dream” speech. Read what they actually said. You might get freed.