An old friend posted on Facebook a quote from Martin Luther King, from 1956.
"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."
Real controversy, the kind which matters more than my petty interests, I have never faced. Likewise, tragedy. I have had stressful times, been shouted down, and have buried my mom, but the deepest controversy I have never seen. There has never been a day in which my faith was muzzled.
King faced this. His faith was not muzzled, per se, but he was killed for his beliefs. His beliefs, on the surface, look like the typical Jesse Jackson-style social religion. In fact, Jackson was involved in King's work. Jackson never has understood what King was about, however, looking at it all as merely a form of racial conflict resolution. That end was and is noble, and by degrees, we are getting there. King served a deeper goal. His name misnomers his reality. He knew the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords.
The ultimate issue is not what do they believe, but what do I (and you) believe. Scandals are nothing knew. Complex motives are part of everyone's life, and complex lives are reality. The hypocrite and liar cannot change truth. Was King really as I see, or as the website writer linked above sees him?