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Martin Luther King Jr

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a wise man. He is often the emblem invoked for anyone wanting civil rights of any kind. He is the hero pointed to when people struggle with everyday crisis. Most of the time people forget that he was actually an ordained pastor.

I stumbled upon a transcript from the Martin Luther King Estate that details a question and answer session that he participated in. It clearly shows his pastoral leanings on social personal issues.

Dr. King was a strong pastor and well versed in theology. This means that he was versed in scripture and its demands. He accepted the challenge to answer question for Ebony Magazine’s advice column. The answers are thought provoking but, as modern as any advice Bishop TD Jakes would give.

On a struggling marriage Dr King advised a man who was in “hell” with his wife not wanting to make their marriage work. Dr. King advised,No marriage can be successful without mutual respect, abiding faith, and absolute love.”  Dr King went on to remind the man that a good counselor could help them out. Dr. King was a Baptist minister. The baptist position o homosexuality to affirm God’s plan for marriage and sexual intimacy – one man, and one woman, for life. They believe homosexuality is not a “valid alternative lifestyle.” They state clearly it is a sin. It is not, however, an unforgivable sin. They believe the  same redemption available to all sinners is available to homosexuals. In other words all people can become “new creations” of God.

Having said all that  look at  how the question of homosexuality was posed to Dr. King.  A young man wrote in to say that he was struggling with homosexuality and did not know what to do. Dr. King answered him in a compassionate tone for his time.

MLK said:

 Your problem is not at all an uncommon one. However, it does require careful attention. The type of feeling that you have toward boys is probably not an innate tendency, but something that has been culturally acquired. Your reasons for adopting this habit have now been consciously suppressed or unconsciously repressed. Therefore, it is necessary to deal with this problem by getting back to some of the experiences and circumstances that lead to the habit. In order to do this I would suggest that you see a good psychiatrist who can assist you in bringing to the forefront of conscience all of those experiences and circumstances that lead to the habit. You are already on the right road toward a solution, since you honestly recognize the problem and have a desire to solve it.

On all issues, particularly issues relating to morality and human rights, God’s word  was his guide to truth and by that it is which all truth is measured. “The moral law or the law of God,” as MLK called it, was, in fact, his exclusive guidepost and primary motivation. From a biblical standpoint, racism is objectively immoral, and Rev. King understood this—so he spent his entire life, gave his life in fact, working to secure civil and human rights for racial minorities. He was a  Proverbs 31 Man. There are very few of them left in the world.

Proverbs 31:8-9

Open your mouth for the mute, for the rights of all who are destitute. Open your mouth, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy.

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