Monday, January 17, 2011

Dr. Martin Luther King: Not Perfect...But Used By God Anyway!

I was poking around on FB and noted that a dialog had started concerning the integrity of Dr. Martin Luther King. Many people freely acknowledge that Dr. King had had some marital infidelity issues--he did cheat on his wife. Many also know that the FBI started monitoring him with regard to communist sympathies--may have bugged rooms and followed him extensively.

A Facebook user took K-LOVE to task for putting up a quote of Dr. King's on today, the holiday around his birthday. Here are some of the things she wrote, in chronological order, from oldest to most recent:

A nationwide Christian radio station posting the words of an adulterous, whoremongering, plagiarizing Communist, who spoke AGAINST salvation through Christ...and the multitudes of Christians following in adoring this man.

Wow...what more proof do you need that we're living in the end times where we were warned that many would be led astray by false teachers with messages that tickle the ears.

I wonder what Jesus would have to say about a false teacher who spoke against the only true way to salvation with an anti-Christ message, led a sexually deviant lifestyle, and held to the same Communist ideals that led to the murderous destruction of over 50 million people in Russian, including 20 million Christians.


Would Jesus sweep that under the rug? Would he honor such a man with flowery and sappy words? Would he be "saddened" at people calling out this man's true identity?

Hmmm...if only we had some way of knowing how Jesus would handle it. If only...

Wait! We do! Read Matthew 23, Luke 11.

Galatians 5:11: Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.

[Responding to someone who wrote that they would pray for this author]
You'll pray for me because I expose the work of darkness and those who preach an anti-Christ message against my Savior, while living a sexually deviant lifestyle and promoting Communism in my country founded upon freedom and liberty? Interesting. I'd love to know a Scriptural reference for that.

For the record, on Jan. 31, 1977, Coretta Scott King obtained a federal court order sealing for 50 years 845 pages of FBI records about her husband, "because its release would destroy his reputation!"


If you want to praise MLK so much, here's a speech for you. Maybe you can pull some inspiration quotes out of it as well...perhaps his praise of Margaret Sanger, or how unwanted children are an affliction, or how commiting the crime of murdering unwanted children "in the beginning" should be praised because it "enrich(ed) humanity".

“There is a striking kinship between our movement and Margaret Sanger’s [Planned Parenthood’s] early efforts. She, like we, saw the horrifying conditions of ghetto life.... Like we, she knew that all of society is poisoned by cancerous slums. Like we, she was a direct... actionist — a nonviolent resister. She was willing to accept scorn and abuse until the truth she saw was revealed to the millions. At the turn of the century she went into the slums and set up a birth control clinic, and for this deed she went to jail because she was violating an unjust law. Yet the years have justified her actions. She launched a movement which is obeying a higher law to preserve human life under humane conditions.

Margaret Sanger [Planned Parenthood] had to commit what was then called a crime in order to enrich humanity, and today we honor her courage and vision; for without them there would have been no beginning. Our sure beginning in the struggle for equality by nonviolent direct action may not have been so resolute without the tradition established by Margaret Sanger and people like her. Negroes have no mere academic nor ordinary interest in family planning. They have a special and urgent concern…The Negro constitutes half the poor of the nation. Like all poor, Negro and white, they have many unwanted children. This is a cruel evil they urgently need to control. There is scarcely anything more tragic in human life than a child who is not wanted. That which should be a blessing becomes a curse for parent and child. There is nothing inherent in the Negro mentality which creates this condition. Their poverty causes it. Like all poor, Negro and white, they have many unwanted children. This is a cruel evil they urgently need to control.“

~ MLK to Planned Parenthood, 1966

Again, I ask you...What do you think Jesus would say about this man? And what do you think he would say about Christians all over this nation praising this man with a murderous spirit towards the unborn?

It is this type of cold judgmental heart that so many have found unappealing about much of modern evangelical/conservative Christianity in America. It's a heart that is bound more by unforgiveness and rigidity than the love of Christ. Because Dr. King was killed, we will never know how his life might have continued. He may have had many things exposed that would have hurt him and the civil rights movement. He may have had to confess and step away from leadership in order to recommit and experience restoration so he can continue to be used by God.

I did look at her profile--some of her interests and such reminded me of the P#el%p$ clan of Topeka. (Stick that in your Google, Shirley!)

With regard to the speech on Margaret Sanger, Dr. King may not have known all the nuances of Ms. Sanger's position. He may have been looking at the idea of making birth control measures available to women without money--things that prevent contraception (remember, abortion was not even legal!). For a woman without means, the money to get even simple barrier methods may not have been available to her. That I believe was at the forefront of Dr. King's mind--abortion and post conception birth control is not even mentioned in the speech.

We are called to keep each other to account for our actions. Keep in mind though the church is a spiritual hospital, filled with the spiritually wounded in various states of healing and awareness. Some may still be in denial about aspects of their condition, needing the cleansing Holy Spirit to work in aspects of their life yet unconfessed. It is amazing--God will still allow imperfect trees to bear good spiritual fruit. Not forever, of course, but God is loving and forgiving. Finally, we don't know who was speaking into Dr. King's ear, calling him to repentance and confession, nor do we know what he may have done in the last weeks of his life. For all we know, he was planning to step away from the movement and tend to his spiritual life and his family after the events in Memphis.

I'll leave it to another FB'er to end this post, because I have to suppress the unChristian urge to tell this FB user to STFU:

Hebrews 11 ~ Look at the ones who are named, read their stories.....perfect people? No....but they lived by faith in God.
What moved them all was their faith in God....and the suffering they saw of others. They saw injustice and were motivated by love for others and faith in God.

Love mercy, live justly and walk humbly with your God.

The forgiven know they are sinners ~ who have turned to God by faith ~ And we know that we are saved from our sins by the Grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ.

Who shall accuse and who shall condemn? The accuser always stands accusing, but he is thrown down.
Glory to God in The Highest and Peace and Good Will toward all men.

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