So Fergson protestors and race baiters want to build on the MLK legacy. There have been plenty of references in recent weeks by protest leaders and in the mainstream media. They suggest this is a continuation and that if Dr. King were alive he would be aligned with their actions in Ferguson protests. That is a distortion of reality. But it is nothing new.
A couple years ago, I posted on that mentality. MLK explained in an interview:
“I would … say that it is a method which seeks to secure a moral end through moral means,” King said. “And it grows out of the whole concept of love, because if one is truly nonviolent that person has a loving spirit, he refuses to inflict injury upon the opponent because he loves the opponent.” – Source
A moral end through moral means.(that’s key) And I said that:
“You can contrast that with today’s leftists and see a message. The modern Left, in its evolution, has defined and perfected its own system of protest — unlike King’s philosophy. It may get some results; but not only do you have to question the results, but the motivation and means as well.
King said his was driven by love, as opposed to what we see today. Actually it is based mostly on hate, resentment, or some animosity toward their “enemy”. I mean their political enemy. See, politics is everything, with ideology, today. It trumps all. Their activism is not based on love, as in for one another, and it doesn’t contain a moral component. That part was replaced by the religion of politics. With love and morality out of the equation, what is left? A bitter political activism.”
Now that we have Ferguson in full bloom, they want to bring in Dr. King anyway they can. It’s like “Weekend at Bernies”. This is not a movement driven by love but by hate. And race-baiters like Sharpton are no MLK’s either. They are smearing Dr. King’s legacy and what he stood for.
Could you picture King doing marches while everyone is looting stores and lighting the town on fire? “Burn this bitch down!” This is what he stood against. He did not believe that furthered their cause. He claimed they got the results they did because of love. It is Biblically consistent.
If you can say anything about these protestors today, it would be immoral ends through immoral means. (or any means to the end) If King were in Ferguson, I imagine he’d have some strong words for them. How could you hijack King’s legacy by a violent movement?
MLK said: “Violence creates many more social problems than it solves.” And that is being proved abundantly true in Ferguson.
Excerpts from “Loving Your Enemies” — November 17, 1957; Montgomery, Alabama.
Reverend Martin Luther King
In the fifth chapter of the gospel as recorded by Saint Matthew, we read these very arresting words flowing from the lips of our Lord and Master: “Ye have heard that it has been said, ‘Thou shall love thy neighbor, and hate thine enemy.’ But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them that despitefully use you; that ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven.” […/]
“That is why I say, begin with yourself. There might be something within you that arouses the tragic hate response in the other individual.
This is true in our international struggle. We look at the struggle, the ideological struggle between communism on the one hand and democracy on the other, and we see the struggle between America and Russia. Now certainly, we can never give our allegiance to the Russian way of life, to the communistic way of life, because communism is based on an ethical relativism and a metaphysical materialism that no Christian can accept. When we look at the methods of communism, a philosophy where somehow the end justifies the means, we cannot accept that because we believe as Christians that the end is pre-existent in the means.”
The movement today, and the Left, is the antithesis to that. It demands for itself what it will not respect in others. It threatens with violence anything in its way. It is building on Dr King’s legacy with violence and hatred. This is not about a seat on the bus. This is running out in front of the bus and hijacking it by the whims of radicals.
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