What did Reverend Martin Luther King think about homosexuality?
Martin Luther King Day 2014 will be filled with politicians, pundits and stories about his “I have a Dream” speech. Dr. King was a pastor, a man of faith, a believer in God the Almighty first and foremost.
Perhaps it is appropriate to look at what Dr. King taught about homosexuality. His remarks are not unlike those of Phil Robertson from Duck Dynasty. King explained that “just as the Apostle Paul left his village of Tarsus and carried the gospel of Jesus Christ to the far corners of the Greco Roman world, so am I compelled to carry the gospel of freedom beyond my own home town.”
CNN’s John Blake in 2012 wrote:
Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was writing an advice column in 1958 for Ebony magazine when he received an unusual letter.
“I am a boy,” an anonymous writer told King. “But I feel about boys the way I ought to feel about girls. I don’t want my parents to know about me. What can I do?”
In calm, pastoral tones, King told the boy that his problem wasn’t uncommon, but required “careful attention.”
“The type of feeling that you have toward boys is probably not an innate tendency, but something that has been culturally acquired,” King wrote. “You are already on the right road toward a solution, since you honestly recognize the problem and have a desire to solve it.”
We know what King thought about race, poverty and war. But what was his attitude toward gay people, and if he was alive today would he see the gay rights movement as another stage of the civil rights movement?
That’s not the type of question most people will consider on this Monday as the nation celebrates King’s national holiday. Yet the debate over King’s stance toward gay rights has long divided his family and followers.
Christine Thomasos from The Christian Post wrote, “Rev. Bernice King led a march to her father’s graveside in 2005 while calling for a constitutional ban on gay marriage. She was joined by Bishop Eddie Long, senior pastor of New Birth Missionary Church in Georgia, where she served as an elder at the time. Long, who recently settled out of court with four young men who filed lawsuits claiming he coerced them into sexual relationships, publicly condemned homosexuality… During a speech at a church meeting in New Zealand, she said her father ‘did not take a bullet for same-sex marriage.’”
Ambra Nykol from The New Black Magazine writes, “It wasn’t until my lesbian college American History professor pointed out in class how ‘conservative’ King was that I came to realize that the social activists of the left may have fraudulently appropriated his legacy. There is a debate raging in the atmosphere about whether or not Dr. King would have been in favor of a ban on same-sex marriages.”
Nykol concludes with:
A great success of liberal groups has been to disconnect the work of Dr. King with the fact that he was a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. People love to call King “Doctor” but rarely do they refer to him as “Reverend”.
We don’t hear a great deal mentioned about King’s ministry and his sermonizing from the Bible. There was once a day when “social justice” and politics were closely tied with the “black church”.
Based on the fact the King was a Bible-believing Baptist (and assuming he didn’t subscribe to the private interpretation methodical, choose-your-own-adventure brand of Christianity), we can deduce that he probably did not condone homosexuality as a lifestyle.
Although, Liberals will point to the fact that one of King’s top advisers and organizers for the March on Washington, Bayard Rustin, was an openly homosexual man as proof positive that King was in favor of homosexual marriage. The reality is, this example merely shows us that King was in favor of showing an attitude of love towards all people, regardless of their sexual orientation.
This is simply the cause of Christ. However, the philosophy of King is currently being distorted to support the homosexual agenda.