There is a verse of Scripture in the book of Proverbs that states: “A good man leaves an inheritance to his sons, son; and the wealth of the wicked is stored up for the righteousProverbs 13.22. This proverb deals with the concept of legacy and transfer of income and inheritance from one generation to the next.

It is the desire of parents to lay a firm foundation and to transfer their human capital, contacts, knowledge, and wise experiences to their children.

Individuals, nations, organizations, and sports entities all endeavor to project themselves into the future and leave positive legacies to their constituents.

As our nation embarks on celebrating the life and ministry of the late Pastor Martin Luther King, Jr., this provides an opportunity for all Americans to reflect on what Dr. King’s contributions have meant for posterity.

Had he lived until January 15th of this year the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. would have been 87 years old (1929–1968).

It is almost inconceivable for us to think of Pastor King as a gray and perhaps balding man in his late eighties; he died at the young age of 39 in the prime of life.

Pastor King’s life – along with the lives of President John F. Kennedy and the late Senator Robert Francis Kennedy – was tragically removed from American life during the tumultuous decade of the 1960s.

The images that we have of Pastor King are one of an eternally young minister who is perhaps best remembered for his “I Have A Dream” speech that he gave on a sunny August day in 1963.

During his life, Pastor King stirred either positive or violent emotions in people.

There were many people who saw him as a “Christian minister” who sought to fight against the manifold evils of segregation, racism, poverty, and militarism.

Other people saw Dr. King as a rabble-rouser, a womanizer, or quite possibly as a Communist sympathizer who sought to radically transform the American free enterprise system.

It is not the desire of this writer to enter into this ongoing fray, but to rather argue that Pastor King was a Christian of Orthodox beliefs , and a Baptist minister who argued in the “public square” on the basis of Biblically based principles and values.

When the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. penned his classic “Letter From A Birmingham Jail” essay in the spring of 1963, he gave the Christian Church – and the world community – a classic theological and apologetic treatise on both the nature and privilege of civil disobedience from a Judeo-Christian perspective.

Pastor King marshaled Old Testament narrative, Greek history, Biblical Scripture, the Patristic Church Fathers and the American literary tradition to show that all positive or man-made law must – to borrow a phrase from both Saint Augustine and Thomas Aquinas – be rooted in the “transcendent eternal law” (a natural law construct) if it is to be both binding and valid.

Reverend. King did not engage in civil disobedience for the sake of causing social disturbance. When he addressed the evils of segregation, racism, poverty, and militarism he did so with the passion of an Old Testament prophet, the heart of a Christian Church pastor and the mind of a brilliant theological scholar.

Our country was transformed from a nation where “institutional racism” was too often the norm to a place where the ideals of Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness have found greater expression.

We all need to be thankful that in the scheme of Divine Providence that men like Pastor Martin Luther King, Jr., President Ronald Reagan, and the founder of Prison Fellowship Mr. Charles “Chuck” Colson all utilized their great oratory gifts in a responsible manner.

Finally, Pastor Martin Luther King, Jr. left us with his unshakeable commitment to nonviolent social change. This may be his greatest legacy to us.

Dr. King and his associates took violence off of the table as a means to making reforms within American society; they rejected the evil notion that “the ends justify the means.”

To quote Saint Augustine, Pastor King and his friends sought to bring about “The Beloved Community” in American life and in the broader world community.

Pastor Martin Luther King, Jr. – “Happy Birthday!”

We are all better off because of your life and the legacy that you bequeathed to us.

Thank you.

Update DTG:  Pastor Kelly note about King’s Orthodox Christianity is one of those inconvenient truths that a lot of people on the left tend to ignore. If he appeared today sprouting that same Orthodox Christianity he would be considered a person spouting “hate speech” by the very people pol that profit off his legacy today.

Pastor-Kelly

By: Pat Austincen

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P.G.T. Beauregard monument

SHREVEPORT – I wrote in this space a few weeks ago about the controversy surrounding the removal of four Confederate monuments in New Orleans.  To recap briefly, Mayor Mitch Landrieu (brother of “Katrina Mary” Landrieu) has organized the removal of monuments commemorating P.G.T. Beauregard, Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis, and Liberty Monument. The Times-Picayune has photos and descriptions of each monument here. In the place of the Jefferson Davis monument, Mayor Landrieu would also like to rename Jefferson Davis Parkway in honor of a retired Xavier University president.

The City Council voted 6-1 in support of the monument removal despite public outcry from a majority of the NOLA citizens and local preservationists.  Immediately after the Council’s vote, a federal lawsuit was filed to prevent removal despite the fact that Mayor Landrieu already had contractors in place to begin removal immediately.

So where are we today? The case is garnering national attention and has been covered by The New York Times, the New York Post, and The Atlantic as well as attracting the attention of bloggers throughout the country.

Last week preservationists made their case in court:

During the two hour and 30-minute hearing, U.S. District Court Judge Carl Barbier heard arguments after several plaintiffs, including the Monumental Task Force, went to court to block the city’s plan to remove four Confederate monuments.

Preservationists are looking for an injunction, stopping the city from removing the statues of Robert E. Lee, P.T.G. Beauregard, Jefferson Davis and the Liberty Place monument, which city attorneys called “monuments to white supremacy” during the hearing.

“It looked to me like the city was on stronger ground,” said Donald “Chick” Foret, WWL-TV legal analyst. “The preservationists are on very weak ground. They don’t have any law, they don’t have any evidence. The judge was searching trying to find some jurisdiction. To get into this building, you’ve got to have federal jurisdiction, some federal law that applies, and the judge said he just didn’t see it.”

If the judge does in fact toss the lawsuit, the only recourse preservationists will have will be in state court, an avenue they will certainly pursue.  Meanwhile, Landrieu’s crews are out taking measurements and preparing to go ahead with removal once the injunction preventing that is lifted.

Landrieu will have to find a new company to do the removal, however, as the first crew he hired has walked off the job after having received death threats.

Yesterday, a small group of protestors was at the Beauregard statue making their case; photographers and tourists are snapping photos of the monuments in their rightful setting before they are removed.

My question is this: where does this stop? On a national level, where does this stop?  If the case is, as the city attorney says, that these are “monuments to white supremacy,” are the old plantations next?

I’m really trying to see both sides of this but as a student of history I just can’t see it in this case; I find it extremely difficult to believe that someone walked by the statue of Beauregard one day and said, “Damn, I’m really offended by that.”  Someone, at some point, decided we should all be offended and so here we are.

The Southern Poverty Law Center filed an amicus brief in support of the monument removal, again citing the white supremacy argument. The SPLC is an organization that preaches tolerance, something they seem to be short on in this case.

Perhaps we need these statues to remember what happens to a country when differing opinions and perceptions tear us apart.

Perhaps we all need to practice a little tolerance.

It’s always important to follow the money. Landrieu has said that the city of NOLA will not be paying for the removal, that this won’t cost the city one dime, however, the identity of his benefactor is a secret.  Who is paying for this?

An anonymous donor has agreed to foot the bill for the removal of four Confederate-related statues, the city announced in a letter this week to the New Orleans City Council.

It will cost an estimated $144,000 to remove and transport the statues of Robert E. Lee, P.G.T. Beauregard and Jefferson Davis, as well as a monument to the Battle of Liberty Place, according to the letter. The donor agreed to pay for the entire operation.

The slippery-slope aspect of the whole operation concerns me. Just because some aspects of our history are ugly and unpleasant, we can’t erase them. We are to learn from them; we are to honor the sacrifices of our ancestors whatever they were, and we are to always remember. If we sanitize and attempt to erase history we are greatly diminishing our ability to learn from it.

 

Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport.

You would think that as a Ted Cruz fan I would be touting his victory in the Metropolitan Republican Club straw poll in NYC that has amused Erick Erickson so much:

This is hilarious. The Metropolitan Republican Club has been around since 1902. It’s a pretty big deal up there, with virtually very Republican Presidential nominee since 1930 using the club’s offices as its NYC headquarters

To be sure it’s got to be a morale boost for Cruz and a slight embarrassment for Trump but a 33% for 32% win is pretty close and depending on where the Democrat race is at the time I don’t know how significant a sign this is at this time.

For my money if you want the real story of the Metropolitan Straw pol it’s this:

Jeb Bush 1% 6th place

 

Now I know we are living in times where people live in the now but I’m a guy who loves history and if back in May anyone told you that Jeb Bush couldn’t do better than 1% in the Metropolitan Republican Club straw pol you would have been called crazy.

A lot of this can be put down to Donald Trump. Without Trump the MSM would have been pushing Jeb Bush from day one and the also rans like Lindsey Graham whose only purpose in a race is to do the attacking that the person they are planning to endorse in the end doesn’t want to directly, thanks to the Donald a lot of that MSM strength was diverted to trying to bring him down.

I don’t doubt that Ted Cruz who has run a flawless campaign would have, in a different situation, would have adapted (after all I doubt he went in planning on Hurricane Donald hitting the establishment GOP) but the kneecapping of the GOP establishment in this cycle has been a Godsend to conservative voters all over the country.

And Jeb Bush represents that establishment.

That Bush hasn’t already pulled out and the Establishment hasn’t gone all in for either Christie or Kasich to try to stop Trump tells me two things.

1. the GOP establishment has resigned itself to Donald Trump and will attempt to co-op him

2. Rush Limbaugh is right, the GOP Establishment hates Donald Trump but fears Ted Cruz

Exit question, Is this election cycle a one off for the anti-establishment forces or is the establishment beast finally slain?

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