In lieu of the usual movie review this week, I’m taking advantage of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day to lighten my blogging load slightly. I’ll have another Midweek Mad Scientist Movie Madness post for $3 and up subscribers on Wednesday, so if you want your weekly fix of filmic schlock, check back then. An aunt of mine has requested a movie review, and as soon as I figure out how to watch the flick, I’ll be reviewing it one Monday (I’m looking out for you, Aunt Marilyn).
After a week of virtual learning and lots of time alone (well, with Murphy, at least), I’m eager to get out of the house, but I will likely spend today prepping for the abbreviated school week and getting the house in order. I’m thankful for the day off, but I’d probably appreciate it more—as I did in January 2020—if I were utterly exhausted—as I was in January 2020. I think slightly less appreciation is a worthwhile trade-off, though!
This post from 2020 delves into some of the complexity of the Reverend Dr. King’s legacy, and warns against excessive idolization of historical figures—even martyrs. Much of the inspiration from the stories of Christian Saints, for example, derives from their human frailty. Even the great Saint Augustine, when praying to God for control over his lustful nature, prayed, “Grant me chastity and self-control, but please not yet.”
From the evidence, it appears that King participated in some really debauched, even evil, sexual practices. The FBI’s suspicions that he may have been are Marxist were probably justified to some extent, even if the FBI treated him shabbily and is a despicable tool of oppression. If King were alive today, I’d wager he’d be knee-deep in the CRT foolishness that his famous “I Have a Dream” speech explicitly rejects.
Yet from this extremely imperfect vessel came ringing declarations of spiritual equality. Regardless of our race, we are endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights. That is the part of King’s legacy we should celebrate, while remembering he was a deeply flawed individual.
In other words, let us put our faith and trust in Christ, not in men.
With that, here is January 2020’s “MLK Day 2020“: