Last January we celebrated one of the brightest stars in our American history, Dr. Martin Luther King. We looked at his accomplishments and heard his words of wisdom for the future. Unfortunately, the focus of that holiday was that it was taught and told to us as one of social activism based on a secular belief and that in order to carry out the legacy of Dr. King we need to carry out race-conscious social policy. This couldn’t be further from Martin Luther King’s own beliefs. Due to the crafty race-baiting mentality of the Jesse Jacksons of the world, and our own educators not giving us the whole story on Dr. King’s background, most of us will go along with it. But when you get away from the symbol that some of Dr. King’s followers present us and then look at his words of wisdom, a different man appears.
King was a man whose focus was on a deep Christian faith and the mindset to judge people on their character, not the pigment of their skin. Dr. Martin Luther King’s favorite philosopher was Jesus Christ. Most of his written and oral words from his civil rights crusade came from his deep-rooted faith in the Christian doctrine of love, brotherhood, and equality. He believed that everyone should have the rights delineated from the Constitution, from the unborn to the elderly. Though he has been portrayed as saying racial equality should be the end of our society’s problems, he once said, “The end of life is to do the will of God, come what may.”
Dr. King ministered his message through the Christian faith, not through a secular social activist point of view. Anyone who reads his words in “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” will see that, through Christianity, he hoped to bring out the truth in the human heart. It was the churches around the country that lead and stood up with Dr. King in his fight for equality. Unfortunately, due to the strong anti-Christian sentiment in this country, you will never hear many of his words about his faith. We owe him a great debt, and I thank Jesus, Dr. King’s own teacher, for Dr. King’s ministry of equality. Dr. King’s other great legacy couldn’t be better stated that in his “I Have a Dream” speech. He said, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” This was a statement for a truly colorblind society.
Today, his followers demand race-based quotas, affirmative action, and mandatory diversity programs and teaching. Before I get labeled a racist (too late), I must say that it is a very good idea for people to learn about different cultures and people. The knowledge of others is a key in living in our global and diverse country. However, today we are told that minorities need extra programs and special benefits because they have been shunned from the white American culture. In King’s vision, all of us are American. Black, white, red or yellow. Dr. King said, “The Negro is an American. We know nothing of Africa.” His words show his focus on a brotherhood of humanity, not a brotherhood of certain races.
Dr. King wrote on how he discouraged black people who had lost their faith in America, had repudiated Christianity and concluded that the white man is evil to take a step aside. He urged them to return to those doctrines of the Constitution and Bible and directed them to love their fellow man and if they had problems to protest them in a non-violent and peaceful manner. He reminded blacks that they were as much of America as the Pilgrims and colonists. And he is right. Blacks helped build this great nation to what it is today, and all of us should be thankful for that. Martin Luther King Jr. is definitely one of our greatest countrymen. Dr. King taught about the end of discrimination of all kinds through morality and faith. Dr. King emphasized that we are all Americans and that we are one nation, under God, with liberty and justice for all.
I urge everyone to take some time to go read the words of wisdom of Dr. King, instead of a biased instructor or textbook. We owe Dr. King a great debt, and I thank Jesus, Dr. King’s own teacher, for Dr. King’s ministry of equality.
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