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Happy Martin Luther King Jr day - remember his defence of Moral Law

January 21, 2013

There are 2 things Martin Luther King Jr did that I am eternally grateful for, and make it worth creating a national holiday in his honor:
#1 - he inspired our country to live up to it's creed for all citizens in a way that avoided (most) violence. In this, he made America better, and saved many lives.
#2 - he based his crusade on Moral Law, and provided an elegant defense to know the difference between Just and Unjust Law, particularly in his famous "Letter From a Birmingham Jail" (google it if you have not read recently - it is worth a read).

To commemorate, I post here a commentary on this from Chuck Colson
www.breakpoint.org:
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The Good Society and the Moral Law
Chuck Colson
January 21, 2013

More than forty years ago, on August 28, 1963, a quarter million people gathered in front of the Lincoln Memorial. They marched here for the cause of civil rights. And that day they heard Martin Luther King Jr. deliver his famous “I Have a Dream” speech, a speech in which he challenged America to fulfill her promise.

“I have a dream,” he said, “that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed. ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal.’ ”

While we know of the speech, most people are unaware that King also penned one of the most eloquent defenses of the moral law: the law that formed the basis for his speech, for the civil rights movement, and for all of the law, for that matter.

In the spring of 1963, King was arrested for leading a series of massive non-violent protests against the segregated lunch counters and discriminatory hiring practices rampant in Birmingham, Alabama. While in jail, King received a letter from eight Alabama ministers. They agreed with his goals, but they thought that he should call off the demonstrations and obey the law.

King explained why he disagreed in his famous Letter from a Birmingham Jail. “One might well ask,” he wrote, “how can you advocate breaking some laws and obeying others?” The answer “is found in the fact that there are two kinds of laws: just laws … and unjust laws. One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws,” King said, “but conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.”

How does one determine whether the law is just or unjust? A just law, King wrote, “squares with the moral law of the law of God. An unjust law … is out of harmony with the moral law.”

Then King quoted Saint Augustine: “An unjust law is no law at all.” He quoted Thomas Aquinas: “An unjust law is a human law not rooted in eternal or natural law.”

This is the great issue today in the public square: Is the law rooted in truth? Is it transcendent, immutable, and morally binding? Or is it, as liberal interpreters argue, simply whatever courts say it is? Do we discover the law, or do we create it?

Many think of King as a liberal firebrand, waging war on traditional values. Nothing could be further from the truth. King was a great conservative on this central issue, and he stood on the shoulders of Augustine and Aquinas, striving to restore our heritage of justice rooted in the law of God.

Were he alive today, I believe he’d be in the vanguard of the pro-life movement. I also believe that he would be horrified at the way in which out of control courts have trampled down the moral truths he advocated.

From the time of Emperor Nero, who declared Christianity illegal, to the days of the American slave trade, from the civil rights struggle of the sixties to our current battles against abortion, euthanasia, cloning, and same-sex “marriage,” Christians have always maintained exactly what King maintained.

King’s dream was to live in harmony with the moral law as God established it. So this Martin Luther King Day, reflect on that dream—for it is worthy of our aspirations, our hard work, and the same commitment Dr. King showed.

1 year 9 months ago

God Bless All you patriots, and God Bless America.

1 year 9 months ago

I agree with all but one part of Chuck's inspirational words here. If we were to be as God, the Creator of the Universe and Natural Laws intended, then same-sex unions would be included.

Let us not forget about all the names of God and all his Holy Scriptures. At the time of Jesus Christ, there was no Bible. There were Jewish, Greek, Egyptian, Persian, Tibetan, and Hindu texts and tablets.

Wouldn't want to be misled by Wolfes (Wolves) in sheep's clothing.

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1 year 9 months ago (Edited)

Excellent post Norman.

1 year 9 months ago

@Chris - I understand that the issue if same-sex unions is very emotional, and you may have strong feelings about it. But do you really believe natural law dictates same-sex unions? The complimentary nature of the sexes is pretty obviously built into our biology, and I would add into our emotional and spiritual make-up as well. The fact that some animals display such activities does not make it the way biology, and the Creator of biology, intended.

1 year 9 months ago

Marty got it right in many areas and would be ashamed of those who have swerved from the better ways of the awakening he and his followers produced through faith that GOD would deliver them.

1 year 9 months ago

MLK jr. was a great American who happened to be black. They killed him because he was a moral man and encouraged his followers to be moral. A moral people are a free people. The NWO does not want a free people. Morals make people strong. Do you remember when Jesse Jackson wanted to cut Obama's balls off when he encouraged "black men to be fathers." The reason is that black leaders cannot control fathers who have their families under control. This makes them strong.

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1 year 9 months ago

@ Norman (which means Norseman) Do not forget your Gentile roots and the Creation story of Ask and Embla, who were created equally. This plost is not the place for this debate, though it is about the fight for Civil Rights. Using deceit to make homos to be heteros is against the will of God in my estimation, the source of much unhapiness, adultery, lies, and the reason behind 7 billion people and climbing. Its unnatural to deny that we exist as a consistent part of the population.

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1 year 9 months ago
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