Remembering Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

January 21, 2019

The late Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was born on January 15, 1929, but today is the day we officially celebrate his birthday and his legacy.  Sadly, today we see a lot of people trying to usurp and distort his legacy for their own ends.  Just this weekend, I saw an article using his late career call for a universal basic wage to argue that if he were alive today, he’d be joining the radicals pushing to turn America socialist. I’ve also seen cartoon memes showing the Rev. King attacking or putting his hands over the mouth of President Trump.  Things like this are demeaning and disrespectful, but worse, they pervert everything that this great man stood for in his lifetime.

 

I am old enough to have lived through that era, in the South.  I saw the evils of racism firsthand, and I was greatly inspired by the Rev. King’s example to do everything I could to oppose it.  I think that some of the greatest and most inspirational words ever spoken were these, from his famous “I Have A Dream” speech:

 


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“I have a dream that one day, right down in Georgia and Mississippi and Alabama, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to live together as brothers…I have a dream…that my four little children will not come up in the same young days that I came up within, but they will be judged on the basis of the content of their character, not the color of their skin.”

 

Today, many of the same people who seek to use his image and reputation to further their agendas are doing everything they can to destroy his dream of a colorblind America.  They want to impose the dogma of “intersectionality,” charting each person on a graph of race and gender, assigning a relative position of  “oppressor” and “oppressed” based entirely on identity groups, not the content of the individuals’ characters.  This is a sick and divisive pursuit, and the very opposite of what Rev. King preached.

 

Note that I used the word “preached,” because that is what he did.  He wasn’t just a great speaker or civil rights activist, he was a great preacher and a devout Christian. Again, many today seek to wrap themselves in his legacy even as they attack others for holding the same Biblical beliefs that he did.  

 

And worst of all, they claim Dr. King’s legacy while feeling hatred of all who disagree with them and expressing it in violence.  This was morally repugnant when it was done to Rev. King, and it is just as repugnant today, no matter which side of the political divide it arises from.  The Bible tells us, in Isiah 1:18, “Come, let us reason together…”  It’s something that means so much to me that I have it on a plaque in my office, and I make sure it’s visible in every TV appearance.  Differences of opinion are fine. Hating someone for being different is not.   

 

Here is what Rev. King had to say about that (and yes, this is from a sermon and it quotes Jesus, so I guess they can’t teach it in public schools):

 

“Hate destroys the very structure of the personality of the hater...When you start hating anybody, it destroys the very center of your creative response to life and the universe; so love everybody. Hate at any point is a cancer that gnaws away at the very vital center of your life and your existence. It is like eroding acid that eats away the best and the objective center of your life.  So Jesus says love, because hate destroys the hater as well as the hated.”

 

Since we now have an official day to reflect on the words, deeds and legacy of the Rev. King, I hope that all Americans will actually do just that.  This isn’t just another excuse to take a day off.  I can’t imagine the Rev. King would have approved of doing that in his name. 

 

His life was not about taking days off, but taking evils on.  Evils like injustice, racism, double standards and  persecution.  His life was about taking the heat for trying to change attitudes and the culture.  He might be amused that banks that once refused to give a loan to a man of color are now closed in honor of a man of color; that a government that once spied on his private life shuts down to remember him; and that schools that once would have barred his children now dedicate a day of study to his life. 

 

As the country takes a day off to remember Dr. King, let’s also let it be a day on.  On for being kind to others; on for not reacting in anger or violence to those who disagree with us; and on to working hard to serve others and once again aim for achieving the real dream of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.: a world where people are “judged on the basis of the content of their character, not the color of their skin.”

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  • Barbra Cunningham

    01/22/2019 08:09 PM

    I am appalled at the evil minds of so many people today. But I am so glad God’s knows the real truth about everything people are set out to try and destroy.

  • David Colonna

    01/22/2019 12:43 PM

    Mike,
    Great minds think a like because I was actually thinking the same and wishing Dr. Martin Luther King was still alive. We definitely would not be in this situation we are today. I guarantee we would not have Antifa group, all the Chicago gang killings, possibly Obamas far left beliefs and unlawful executive orders, etc. I do not know if you ever read a story and no I am not a conspiracy person, but I heard Jesse Jackson actually changed the Drs room location to make him more vulnerable. Knowing Jesse Jackson during my youth days he definitely was more of a radical or voilence instigator, so I always wondered if envy took him over to actually do what the article I read from a few different sources to be true. What are your thoughts...

  • Frances Rockey

    01/22/2019 11:58 AM

    So well spoken, Governor Huckabee. Way too much hate in today’s world. My husband, Robert and I so enjoy your daily emails and also your show on TBN. The Lord is using you even though you aren’t our President. Thank your daughter too for all she is doing for America!

  • Robert M. Rhoades

    01/22/2019 10:11 AM

    Thank you for your column. I enjoy the Christian angle you are coming from. Indeed Dr. King knew of the costs before he started following Jesus. Would that we all could follow with that conviction. But many times we follow in a path that has already been beaten down and is easy to walk. Dr. King did open a path that made it easier for others to walk. But as Christians we also need to use Dr. King's sermons as historical statements that tell of a Savior named Jesus to lost and dying world. Not use Dr. King for our agenda but to quote him as we would Bonhoeffer or Schaffer.

  • Anita Mae Barker

    01/22/2019 03:39 AM

    You are so right about Dr. King. Judge people by the content of their character not their color.

  • Dorie Kolosky

    01/21/2019 11:53 PM

    Wonderful article.

  • Samuel Smith

    01/21/2019 10:34 PM

    "Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that."
    Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

  • Ruby Howell

    01/21/2019 07:23 PM

    If MLK were alive today he would be very disappointed how some of the people were acting. I too lived during those days & the racial tension today is right up there with his day. I love the statement that was made that we should love & not hate. The Bible does speak of us to sit down & reason together, but no one wants to sit down & reason together with respect for the other's view point. Work one finding common ground.

  • Nathan Mitre

    01/21/2019 05:52 PM

    Hi Mike, Thank you for this article on remembering the late Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Today I learned something about Dr. MLK Jr. — that he doubted the virgin birth of Jesus Christ, he doubted the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ, he doubted other miracles in the Bible, and that he said the Bible was mythological. I’m not saying that his accomplishments and teachings should be entirely discounted or questioned, but with those kind of liberal beliefs, I cannot see him as the kind of spiritual authority worth following. P.S. His papers stating these beliefs of his are available to read at Stanford University.

  • Norman R Able

    01/21/2019 05:04 PM

    You have accurately described what Dr. King's truly believed & said, which was based on the Bible, and not what too many people twist his message to have been. They want to eliminate the Bible and the spiritual aspect of his messages. He was a man of prayer. He proclaimed Jesus' message, "...whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me (Christ)." (Matthew 25:45) Again, thanks for the truthfulness of your messages. Lord bless and sustain is my prayer

  • PatCarter

    01/21/2019 03:52 PM

    I would like to know the number of members of Congress who were in Pelosi's planned trip to Afghanistan. I have heard there were only 8 or 9 members of Congress and that there were 80-90 individuals who were not members. No media outlet has stated who was in the group; I believe it is a pertinent fact for Americans to know. I would also like to know how much time and how many service people are usually questioned by Congressional delegates when they visit military abroad. This is a poor method of doing fact-finding IMHO,.

  • Kevin J Cook

    01/21/2019 03:32 PM

    Slavery is appalling and evil. But let’s portray American slavery and human slavery in historical perspective:
    Slavery has been around since the fall of man and best perfected by the Egyptians and Muslims. Before black slavery in America there was white slavery called indentured slavery of Irish and British whites. The first slave owner in the American colonies was a black named Anthony Johnson. One the most feared and notorious slave owners in the south was a black man named William Ellison who made was a slave breeder and supported the confederacy. Before the civil war there were 3,500 black slave owners who owned over 10,000 slaves in the south a percentage equal to percent of white slave owners. The democrats who founded the KKK always voted against freeing slaves. It took a republican president and over 500,000 fellow American’s deaths to end slavery. The democrats voted against civil rights for blacks and enslave blacks today with reverse discrimination, handouts and excuses for their 80% of black children born out of wedlock, ave 8th grade education, more black babies aborted then born, single black moms on record welfare.

  • George D Morlan

    01/21/2019 01:47 PM

    I would like to see your views on the amnesty matter. As I understand the term, it means a decision not to pursue an offense for s significant group of people who have committed the offense. If I'm right, amnesty is not at issue (or should not be, for the children who were brought here by their parents who entered the US illegally. Their parents, not them, broke the law. So I do not agree with the people (almost all conservatives) who oppose DACA resolution on amnesty grounds.

    I feel very differently with regard to extending the resolution to members of their families. Their parents or other relatives who brought them here did commit a crime. Some will scream that letting the children stay in the US without resolving the issue of the status of their parents would "break up families" but that is true only if the family elects to do so.

    It may well be that in the end we will have to grant amnesty to many, most or all of the people who entered the US illegally. There are just too many of them who have been here for a long time to send them back. But that is too big a step to fold into the near term problem of needing to resolve the status the the kids, or at least to get some breathing room in which to work out a solution.

    On another subject, it would be politically incorrect to say it, but the history of negotiating with the Democrats over border security is very much parallel to that of negotiating with the North Koreans. In both cases the history shows that when we concede something up front somehow the promised next step never happens. I'm not saying that there is any equality between Democrats and North Koreans, only that the history of negotiations exhibits a striking parallel.

  • Joseph Trokey

    01/21/2019 01:40 PM

    When I was younger I did not respect or like Dr. King. It wasn't because he was black but because it seemed to me that a riot broke out everywhere he went. Over time, and since then I came to know Jesus as my Savior, my mind and heart came to realize he wasn't the one promoting the violence. Others of both black and white would promote the hatred to the point that emotions would overtake them and here would come the violence. My mother and father always taught us to respect others no matter their place in life, no matter their color or any other thing except if they were hateful and then I was just to not have anything to do with them unless they pressed the issue. In this day it seems that hate is a commodity that a lot of people feed on, they just can't do without and I really believe that has happened because we have strayed so far away from God, rejecting what He says is wrong or right and doing what is right in our own eyes. It is saddening indeed to watch.

  • JohnnyE

    01/21/2019 01:13 PM

    I was just listening to the radio and heard James Earl Jones reading MLK's "Letter from the Birmingham Jail". The ideas in there were very powerful. It's probably on Youtube somewhere.

  • Linda LaGruth

    01/21/2019 01:10 PM

    It will be a great day when we are at the marriage supper of the lamb when hate is finally over and belivers can all fellowship together.
    I love reading your columns as what comes out of DC is life sucking and draining of energy. We pray for our President daily (and all those that work with him) to be able to endure and be encouraged by God in the midst of a mighty spiritual battle.

  • Bill Goldsby

    01/21/2019 12:01 PM

    I am also from the time in the south when Dr. King, was marching for equal rights for all. In fact, I lived in Memphis when he was killed.

    It is horrible how some people turn and twist history to fit their needs. They hide the fact the that Dr. King was known to follow the Republicans as most Civil Rights leaders up until about the 70's.

    We can only pray that eyes will be open and true history will somehow be unveiled, so our country will turn back to it's Christian roots.

  • Karen DeBoer

    01/21/2019 11:57 AM

    Hi Mike—unfortunately, I’ve never been able to fully respect a man who emphasized the content of a person’s character, but was known to have cheated on his wife on many occasions. That is hypocrisy, and even though his causes were very worthy and admirable, this is akin to saying we need to keep Bill Clinton’s personal and private life separate. You, of all people, would never subscribe to that! I’ve always felt MLK got a huge pass and wasn’t ever held accountable in the public eye for his significant personal indiscretions.

  • Anne Turner

    01/21/2019 11:54 AM

    I was a teenager who lived for two years in Montgomery, Ala. in the late fifties. I was appalled by the Southern attitudes toward people of color. The .South has come along way since that time. It is sad and reprehensible that many civil rights leaders of today have perverted Dr, King’s mission for their own enrichment and statis. They hang on to power by dividing us, and by victimization. That is the opposite of Dr. King’s. message. If you tell people long enough that they are victims and cannot get anywhere in life because of their color, eventually they will believe it and will give up trying. That is exactly where the left wants them to be. What a shame. Satan is alive and well and he has his workers among us. Some think they are doing good, but they fool themselves and others. I think many of the leaders know exactly what they are doing and revel in it. They think their followers are stupid, and show disrespect for them. It appears that many are starting to see through that.

  • Elizabeth Roth

    01/21/2019 11:40 AM

    Dear Governor Huckabee,
    Thanks for sharing your inspiring and incisive insights regarding the true legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
    Sincerely,
    Liz Roth