On this day of celebration of the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., a CNN writer, John Blake, examined this question. Blake wisely avoids any attempt to pronounce the final word on the views of MLK. Instead, by surveying the opinions of King’s friends, family and colleagues, he leaves the following impression: King’s record on the subject was ambiguous, but it would be most consistent with King’s thinking to extend “civil rights” to everyone.
Maybe that impression is on target…or maybe it is completely inaccurate. I don’t know. However I do know that although Dr. King was a Christian minister, as am I, our theology does not line up on every point. Why not? Our understanding of the inspiration, inerrancy and authority of the Bible is dramatically at odds.
What do you think? Should we all link arms with the gay community to promote their civil rights in the name of Jesus Christ? Why or why not? What is the basis of authority on which you have settled your convictions?
Last year I spoke on the topic of homosexuality from a biblical perspective. You can listen here.