Today is the Rev. Martin Luther King’s birthday holiday, and President-elect Donald Trump issued a statement marking it. Here is a brief excerpt:
“Our Declaration declares that ‘all men are created equal,’ and Dr. King challenged our nation to live out that sacred truth: to banish the evils of bigotry, segregation and oppression from the institutions of society and the hearts of men…But his work is not done: all around us today we see communities and schools falling behind and not sharing in the prosperity of American life. Each of us has a solemn obligation to ensure that no American is left behind — and that all Americans are fully included in the American Dream…”
Please click the link for the entire statement. It is a must-read, particularly for those who continue to gin up political rancor that will divide the entire nation and harm the American people.
Dr. King left us many inspiring ideals to live up to, but one that isn’t discussed very often is his disdain for partisan politics. Both parties sometimes try to claim him, but the truth is that he was a registered independent. He made it clear that he felt both parties had their strengths and faults, and he was concerned with much larger issues than petty political squabbles.
His example lives on today through his niece, Alveda C. King, an evangelist and pro-life leader whom I am very happy to call my friend. Matt C. Abbott of AmericanThinker.com asked her to comment on the current dust-up between Trump and Rep. John Lewis, who called Trump's election “illegitimate” and is boycotting the Inaugural. I think her uncle would have been proud of her response:
“I pray that all polar opposites learn to Agape Love, live and work together as brothers and sisters—or perish as fools. While I voted for Mr. Trump, my confidence remains in God, for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Prayers for President-elect Trump, Congressman Lewis, and everyone including leaders.”
That’s the legacy of love and inclusiveness that the Rev. King left us, and that we should all be celebrating today.