Isn’t it time to stop asking what would Dr. King say?

Today we observe the birthday of a great American, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. His contribution to the civil rights movement is incalculable.  He is an American hero, but he has been dead for almost 50 years, and people are still asking in times of crisis “what would Dr. King say?”  People who knew him well and people who did not know him at all are ready to respond on his behalf, but this does him a disservice. So many of the people who were around him have evolved on issues but King still has the opinions he had in 1968? No one knows what King would have been like had his life not been cut short.  So why do we keep asking the question? King was relevant in his day, but his day has past. We can revere his memory, but we have to look forward not backward as we face the problems of this century.

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  • Bill  On January 17, 2017 at 12:30 am

    The denial of the existence of moral absolutes tends to cause confusion on the part of those who do so.  It is perfectly reasonable to ask what MLK would do among those who regarded him as a moral and spiritual icon. Those of us who believe in moral absolutes also believe that on issues of right or wrong, truth is eternal and does not change over time because society diminishes it’s standards.  Truth does not evolve both those whose values and belief are not based on truth do.  But you are right in pointing out that no one knows if Dr. King would embrace the same opinions that he had in 1968 but as for his moral and spiritual values, I tend to believe they were rooted in God’s word which is truth therefore would be the same today.

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