Tuesday, August 12, 2014
On April 3, 1968 at the Masonic Temple in Memphis, Tennessee, Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his famous ďIíve been to the MountaintopĒ speech. In his speech, King said, ďWeíve got some difficult days ahead. But, it really doesnít matter with me now because Iíve been to the mountaintop. I just want to do Godís will and heís allowed me to go up to the mountain. And, Iíve looked over and Iíve seen the Promised Land.Ē
King saw a fertile land flowing with integrity, morality, love, joy, peace, kindness, goodness, and self-control. He saw a righteous land of spiritual hope.
King did not see the United States of America as it exists in 2014. He did see a land flowing with alcohol, drugs, promiscuous sex, adultery, profanity, lying, cheating, stealing, greed, and sexual predators. King did not see a spiritually challenged president endorse homosexuality and legalized same-sex marriage. He did not see a land over flowing with illegal, illegitimate, and aborted children. Nor, did he see a land which maliciously denies treatment to law abiding military veterans but, gratuitously dole out government assistance to law breaking, illegal immigrants. However, there is a simple reason King did not see the preceding transgressions.
King went up to the mountaintop, not down in the gutter.
Kevin Palmer, Martinez
Dr. King didnít see todayís America