By Robert Stitt
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was many things to many people. He was certainly the driving force behind the civil rights movement, and he sought equality for people of all colors.
King was also driven by what he referred to as “the moral law of God”, and did not support the gay agenda; nor would he support it today if he were alive.
Most Christians believe that racism is biblically immoral, and homosexuality is, too. According to Charisma News, this is the reason Dr. Martin Luther King gave this response to a young, gay man who asked his advice:
“The type of feeling that you have toward boys is probably not an innate tendency, but something that has been culturally acquired. Your reasons for adopting this habit have now been consciously suppressed or unconsciously repressed. Therefore, it is necessary to deal with this problem by getting back to some of the experiences and circumstances that led to the habit. In order to do this, I would suggest that you see a good psychiatrist who can assist you in bringing to the forefront of conscience all of those experiences and circumstances that led to the habit. You are already on the right road towards a solution, since you honestly recognize the problem and have a desire to solve it.”
Dr. Martin Luther King did not see homosexuality as an acceptable lifestyle choice. He was a Christian reverend who defined marriage the same way Jesus did in Matthew 19, between a man and a woman. He recognized homosexuality as Biblically wrong, not because of a passage in Leviticus or a story about Sodom, but because the New Testament is quite clear that it is immoral, wrong, and will lead to a person’s eternal separation from God (1 Cor 6, Romans 1, 1Tim 1, Rev 21, for example).
Dr. King understood that homosexuality was a cultural problem that needed a solution. His daughter Bernice is a firm proponent of traditional marriage and said that her father “did not take a bullet for same-sex marriage.”
While Dr. King certainly would have loved the sinner, and would not have discriminated against gay men or women, he also would not – despite what the liberal agenda proclaims – have supported gay marriage or the vilification of the Christian Church for standing against it.
Perhaps the words of Dr. King that we need to focus on today are these: “One has not only a legal, but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws. A just law is a man-made code that squares with the moral law, or the law of God. An unjust law is a code that is out of harmony with the moral law.”