Editorial 1/16/98

Photograph of Martin Luther King, Jr.

ONLY A BIRTHDAY PARTY?

    This is the time of year that the country observes Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday. Most everyone has a birthday and the world loves to celebrate things. There is Jesus' birthday, even though He didn't tell anyone when He was born so no one really knows when it was. Jesus knew there are more important things than birthdays, but the world would rather observe birthdays than deeply consider what the individual is about. There is President's Day which is supposed to add two birthdays into one day. We might notice that before we observe the birthdays of those being commemorated, they have to be dead. When they lived, the men with the birthdays were jailed, tortured, assassinated and generally vilified in most cases.

    The more important things are what is really said and what is really believed by a man and not on which day he happened to be born, although we do not generally know this. Almost no one believes what Martin Luther King, Jr. believed in. That goes for black or white. Men will paint his sepulcher white and have a celebration every year, and take a day off, but will not really pay attention to the real message he wanted to get across. Mr. King went to jail but not very many people would go to jail for the same reasons he did. All the little children in school will see movies and hear speeches about Martin Luther King, Jr., but they will not be told what he really believed. I mean, what really governed his movements? This would be too dangerous. It is much easier to make a hero out of him now that he's dead and have a birthday party so men will think the country is really in agreement with what his convictions were. President Clinton just awarded about fifteen folks honors because they are like Martin Luther King, Jr. He said they have fought for equality. The president doesn't know that equality is only a buzz word which means nothing and can be proven by nothing. Mr. King used that word, but that is not what the issue really was although the government would like us to believe it was.

    A simple example of this is Dr. King's stand on nonviolence. His nonviolent stand is praised by almost everyone but few really believe in that. He believed in patient persistence without bringing pain to others through violence. Does the U.S. believe in nonviolence? View a film on the Gulf War and then answer that question for yourself. Ask the Branch Davidians or Randy Weaver. America is a land of hypocrites. I do not make this charge without evidence for that. Webster's dictionary describes hypocrite as: "A person who pretends to have virtues, moral or religious beliefs, principles, etc., that one does not really possess." We celebrate the birthdays of those who practice peace while, all the time, harboring murder in our own national heart. I think most people would really like to take Saddam out. Most people would like to skip nonviolence if just for a day or so. The nightly news says that the U.N. is losing patience with Iraq. Did Mr. King lose patience? It seems that after thousands of years of development that humans could do a little better than the animals. I think that the animals have a slight edge over humans after watching the way the U.N. functions. Men would be safer living with the wolves. Yes, a lot of people, including the president, go to church and have a Bible under their arm but it means nothing.

    Do men really want to know what Mr. King said? No, men don't want to know, but I will say it anyway. I will write what Martin Luther King really believed in and wrote about when he was in prison for his beliefs, although it won't make any difference. Men do not care what he really said. Mankind will not do what he did. They only want to have a day off and tell people what they want to believe he said. Dr. King's actions and protests were about human dignity and conscience. He also taught that men sometimes had to do something to change things and sometimes jail time was required; maybe even death. Not very many will die for what they believe. Not really. If the prospect of death or even a small loss comes around, they reconsider and adjust their consciences a little.

Martin Luther King, Jr. urged Americans to disobey
unjust laws because they are morally wrong.

    Mr. King said, "One may well ask: 'How can you advocate breaking some laws and obeying others?' The answer is found in the fact that there are two types of laws:

    "...There are just and there are unjust laws. I would agree with Saint Augustine that 'an unjust law is no law at all.'

    "Now, what is the difference between the two? How does one determine when a law is just or unjust? 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. To put it in the terms of Saint Thomas Aquinas, an unjust law is a human law that is not rooted in eternal and natural law. Any law that uplifts human personality is just. Any law that degrades human personality is unjust.

    "...I can urge men to disobey segregation ordinances because they are morally wrong.

    "...An unjust law is a code inflicted upon a minority which that minority had no part in enacting or creating because they did not have the unhampered right to vote.

    "...There are some instances when a law is just on its face and unjust in its application. For instance, I was arrested Friday on a charge of parading without a permit. Now there is nothing wrong with an ordinance which requires a permit for a parade, but when the ordinance is used to preserve segregation and to deny citizens the First-Amendment privilege of peaceful assembly and peaceful protest, then it becomes unjust.

    "I hope you can see the distinction I am trying to point out. In no sense do I advocate evading or defying the law as the rabid segregationist would do. This would lead to anarchy. One who breaks an unjust law must do it openly, lovingly ...with a willingness to accept the penalty. I submit that an individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and willingly accepts the penalty by staying in jail to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the very highest respect for law.

    "Of course, there is nothing new about this kind of civil disobedience. It was seen sublimely in the refusal of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego to obey the laws of Nebuchadnezzar because a higher moral law was involved. It was practiced superbly by the early Christians who were willing to face hungry lions and the excruciating pain of chopping blocks, before submitting to certain unjust laws of the Roman empire. To a degree academic freedom is a reality today because Socrates practiced civil disobedience.

Photograph of Martin Luther King, Jr. giving a speech

Men now say what Hitler did was wrong and men are imprisoned for obeying him. But in those days what Hitler said was lawful and to disobey him meant prison or death.

    "We can never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was 'legal' and everything the Hungarian freedom fighters did in Hungary was 'illegal'. It was 'illegal' to aid and comfort a Jew in Hitler's Germany. But I am sure that if I had lived in Germany during that time I would have aided and comforted my Jewish brothers even though it was illegal. If I lived in a Communist country today where certain principles dear to the Christian faith are suppressed, I believe I would openly advocate disobeying these anti-religious laws. I must make two honest confessions to you, my Christian and Jewish brothers. First, I must confess that over the last few years I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate. I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro's great stumbling block in the stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen's Council-er or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate who is more devoted to 'order' than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says, 'I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I can't agree with your methods of direct action;' who paternalistically feels he can set the timetable for another man's freedom; who lives by the myth of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait until a 'more convenient season'. Shallow understanding from people of goodwill is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection.

    "But as I continued to think about the matter I gradually gained a bit of satisfaction from being considered an extremist. ... Was not Martin Luther an extremist -- 'Here I stand; I can do none other so help me God.' Was not John Bunyan an extremist -- 'I will stay in jail to the end of my days before I make a butchery of my conscience.' Was not Abraham Lincoln an extremist -- 'This nation cannot survive half slave and half free.' Was not Thomas Jefferson an extremist -- 'We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.' So the question is not whether we will be extremist but what kind of extremist will we be.

Though Martin Luther King, Jr. was a minister, he believed the modern Christian church was somewhat worthless for any true cause.

    "...I have heard so many ministers say, 'those are social issues with which the gospel has no real concern,' and I have watched so many churches commit themselves to a completely otherworldly religion which made a strange distinction between body and soul, the sacred and the secular.

    "So here we are moving toward the exit of the twentieth century with a religious community largely adjusted to the status quo, standing as a tail-light behind other community agencies rather than a headlight leading men to higher levels of justice.

    "I have traveled the length and breadth of Alabama, Mississippi and all the other southern states. On sweltering summer days and crisp autumn mornings I have looked at her beautiful churches with their lofty spires pointing heavenward. I have beheld the impressive outlay of her massive religious education buildings. Over and over again I have found myself asking: 'What kind of people worship here? Who is their God?'

    "...The contemporary church is often a weak, ineffectual voice with an uncertain sound. It is so often the arch supporter of the status quo. Far from being disturbed by the presence of the church, the power structure of the average community is consoled by the church's silent and often vocal sanction of things as they are.

    "But the judgment of God is upon the church as never before. If the church of today does not recapture the sacrificial spirit of the early church, it will lose its authentic ring, forfeit the loyalty of millions, and be dismissed as an irrelevant social club with no meaning for the twentieth century. I am meeting young people every day whose disappointment with the church has risen to outright disgust.

    "Maybe again, I have been too optimistic. Is organized religion too inextricably bound to status-quo to save our nation and the world? Maybe I must turn my faith to the inner spiritual church, the church within the church, as the true ecclesia and the hope of the world."

Yours for the cause of Peace and Brotherhood,
Martin Luther King, Jr.

SO WHAT DID HE SAY?

    Segregation is a principle that Mr. King could not condone, but segregation is nowhere near the injustice now taking place in America. Segregation may make a person feel bad, but it does not force one to do evil. People both black and white are segregated every day. Have you not heard of men's and women's restrooms? We are segregated totally on the basis of sex. Slavery is far more unjust than segregation and slavery is what is being practiced these days.

Mary Ann Gillspie with three grandchildren photograph

     In a WINDS article regarding Mary Ann Gillispie, it was exposed how an unjust judge imprisoned this grandmother of five for five long and lonely months because she would not give away her constitutional rights. She had no trial and was given no lawyer. She would not sign away her constitutional rights as the judge ordered, so the judge ordered her put away. All of the talk about a Constitution these days sure is wasted energy. Some folks still think we have one. This lady would not file her income tax form and for that reason the wrath of the state bore down hard on her. She wanted to keep from supporting evil for the sake of her conscience and the state would let her rot in jail for it.

     There are crimes such as murder and drunk driving. There are crimes of burglary and child abuse. Other crimes include drug trafficking and embezzlement, but no crime rates higher than living according to one's conscience opposed to the state. No crime has less sympathy. No crime is so severely punished, for what other crime is there where one is jailed for life without a trial? The day will come when the state will think that living by one's conscience, as opposed to the state, will be worthy of death. This is the true face of the IRS and American justice regardless of that propaganda which speaks otherwise.

    We have made statements concerning taxes in recent articles. Withholding our financial support from a corrupt government is the only vote Americans have left. While we might vote, our votes mean nothing. Elected officials obey the masters who are over them. We are given men to vote for who have no true respect for the freedom of conscience necessary to preserve the nation. We might walk down the street in protest as did Mr. King did, but as long as we pay for the abuses we abhor, no one will care. The truth is, though, if the dog is not fed, it will soon stop biting. When men are forced to support other men's abusive activities which are against their own conscience, that accounts for slavery. Men should not be the unwilling servants of other men, but they are. These are the abuses today. These are the crimes perpetrated on those who have any conscience left.

    The whore in the form of modern day religion who rides upon the back of the beast all proclaim loudly the morality of paying one's taxes. They act as though paying taxes is one of the Ten Commandments. Do not the Scriptures say, give unto Caesar that which belongs to Caesar? But now Christians are supporting the abortion mills and the world conquest schemes and the money cartels which is well-nigh polluting the entire earth through their taxes which are their labors. The mark of this beast is on their hands. Do those Christians think they will escape the judgment of God?

     In ancient Rome the emperor was considered a God. He was the boss and the money with his picture on it was considered his. In America we profess a different form of government. We profess that the ruler of our nation is our servant. Congress is hired by us. Didn't someone say in some famous speech, "government of the people, by the people, for the people." The president recently used that quote in one of his speeches. If we truly believe this story we tell the world, is it not reasonable that we have the right to fire our servant? Is it not reasonable to withhold the pay of our employee when he is not doing what we would like him to do? Are the citizens the employers as we profess or is that only a hypocritical lie we tell to make us all feel warm and fuzzy inside and to make the world believe in democracy? To make it right, should not the people whose servant he is pay him?

    I use the principle that Mr. King uses when I say there are just taxes and there are unjust taxes. Just taxes are those spent for the national infrastructure, the roads that I drive on, the services of which I partake. Unjust taxes are used to expand the lustful dreams of unjust and corrupt men. They are used to conquer the world and to hold the people of this nation and of other nations hostage. They are used to promote the religious views of others as in abortion or servitude which is against the religion of the true God. I urge that men disobey the laws relating to these things since they are morally wrong. While I do not support anarchy, I will lovingly withhold the means the beast is using to corrupt the earth and torture its citizens. That is all I can do and that is the only vote I now have. If I am imprisoned, I will do as John Bunyan and "I will stay in jail to the end of my days before I make a butchery of my conscience." The government may steal all of my possessions and even my life, but it will not cause me to lift a stick to oppress the poor of the nations any longer. I must protest whatever the law says. I must end my participation in the ruination of the world. As Martin Luther stated, so do I, "Here I stand; I can do none other so help me God."

     In recent times modern men boast of their moral outrage against the Nazis. Nuremberg was the show trial of indignation against the crimes of this harsh government and those who only followed orders and obeyed the national laws. The excuse of obedience did not save them. How will Americans fare when they must stand before the great tribunal of heaven and answer for their crimes? Will God let them off because it was only the law? Will they escape execution because they were only following national and priestly orders? No, Americans will not escape any more than the Nazis did. In those days Nazis only destroyed the body. In Dr. King's day men practiced segregation only destroying one's good self-image. Now men profess to preserve life and to be free and equal while they proceed to destroy the soul. A man's conscience is his soul. Few men have any conscience left since almost every action of government and the media is to dumb down the conscience and force men to go against whatever conscience is left.

     Because of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., blacks and whites now use the same bathroom and may all sit in the same seats of the bus, but men are still forced by government to work with their hands and labor daily, without any benefit, to pay for those abuses of government which are against their faith and of which they are disgusted. Because of these offenses, the words of Jesus surely apply here. He said,

But woe to you, [Americans], hypocrites! because you shut the kingdom of heaven against men; for you neither enter yourselves, nor allow those who would enter to go in. Woe to you, [Americans] , hypocrites! for you traverse sea and land to make a single proselyte (to your system of democracy), and when he becomes a proselyte, you make him twice as much a child of hell as yourselves. You blind guides, straining out a gnat and swallowing a camel! "Woe to you, [Americans], hypocrites! for you cleanse the outside of the cup and of the plate, but inside they are full of extortion and rapacity. "Woe to you, [Americans], hypocrites! for you are like whitewashed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within they are full of dead men's bones and all uncleanness. So you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but within you are full of hypocrisy and iniquity. You serpents, you brood of vipers, how are you to escape being sentenced to hell?"Matt 23.

 


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