“The Secular world says, ‘Be tolerant /on our terms/. If you’re tolerant; if you have our view of epistemology, or our view of truth, or our view of morality then we will embrace you as a civilized and enlightened person.’ But Christianity says, ‘You just have to be breathing and I want a relationship with you.’” ~ Rev. Timothy J. Keller, Hope, Race and Power
There will be the usual discussions of MLK, his suspect scholarship, his sub-Christian theological Liberalism, his adultery, that we endure seasonally. But there is no doubt that God is able to draw straight lines with crooked sticks. The Bible is story after story of flawed men doing what God asks for God’s purpose, even adulterers, cheaters and unbelievers. God seems to choose the weak things, and by them shames the strong. All the more ought those who didn’t speak, march, and write for justice, but who were endowed with the Gospel and fellowship in the visible Church and ought to have been living out the consequences of the hope of it—spend time in self-reflection.
What do I really believe?
Does my public life reflect my private theology, or do I have the opposite problem of Dr. King, whose public life was exemplary in spite of a troubled private theology?
What if men knew of my sins? Would I stop doing what I knew was right?
If MLK was able, because of God, to do great things even if I don’t like his theology, why don’t I expect God to do great things with those, like me, who believe?
What ought I do differently today?
What if it costs me?