The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial: Preaching civil rights without a mention of their divine origin?
An article in the Church Report Daily makes note of something The Motley Monk didn’t know and hadn’t heard reported on any of the news reports: The word “God” does not appear in any of the quotes attributed to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on his new memorial in Washington, DC. This omission, despite the fact that the civil rights leader preached often about the divine origin of these rights.
The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial
The Director of the Christian Defense Coalition in Washington, DC, the Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, commented:
Just a few days ago I walked to the Dr. King Memorial for a moment of inspiration, reflection and prayer. It was the first time I had visited the memorial.
The setting and vision of the memorial was powerful and moving and served as a prophetic reminder that we must always stand for human rights and justice.
As I walked around the memorial, I was stunned and shocked to see that the mention of “God” was not included in any of the quotes from Dr. King on the granite wall surrounding his sculpture.
Dr. King was an ordained Christian minister and pastor who made faith in God and the teachings of Christ the central part of his life and message. The heart of the civil rights movement was rooted in the Church and drew its strength from the timeless truths proclaimed by God.
Not to include any mention of “God” in the quotes at the memorial is a betrayal of the life, legacy and teachings embraced and lived by Dr. King. I think he would have been stunned and disappointed to see this oversight.
This omission—the failure to include the mention of God in the memorial—strikes, like the Rev. Mahoney as betraying Dr. King’s life, legacy, and teachings. After all, he was an ordained Christian minister and preacher.
As bad as that betrayal may be, perhaps this “omission” is actually a “commission,” that is, a deliberate and stealthy act to avoid using the word “God” in the King Memorial. If so, this act provides clear evidence not just of a culture that has sold itself out to the gospel of political correctness but which is also hellbent on removing public expressions of faith and God from the public square.
What’s next? To remove the references to God and the Creator in the nation’s founding documents?
To read the article in the Church Report Daily, click on the following link: