Some thoughts on this Martin Luther King Day 2011…
Things haven’t really changed much since Dr. King was assassinated as the below excerpt from his 1967 speech reveals. As a child I didn’t pray much, however, I thank God today that one prayer I remember praying many times as a kid was answered to my liking: “please end the Vietnam War…please don’t let me get drafted to go there”.
My heart aches that the world is increasingly victimized by the American Empire while American Christians ignorantly stoke the fires of violence through blind patriotism and stubborn, foolish, human pride. It’s past time that the “bible believing church” awaken morally and break her silence about America’s illegal, immoral, deceitful, un-Constitutional whorish occupation of foreign lands on behalf of Lucifer’s multi-faceted web. This is a web consisting of the international bankers, the oil corporatocracy, the military-industrial complex and occult secret societies and God only knows what else. Tell me why is murderous collateral damage, genocide and ruination of foreign lands not as much of a concern to God’s people as abortion? Irregardless of what our opinion on Dr. King might be, I can’t help but wonder what might have been if the church had been as courageously truthful about America’s selfish interests as MLK was. If we had awaken on these issues I have a feeling that Christian persecution would have already come to America through the deceived and calloused hearts of the many “Judas Iscariots” that occupy our pastorates and pews.
If you haven’t already done so, I recommend that you read a couple of books by John Perkins about the American Empire: The Secret History of the American Empire and Confessions of An Economic Hit Man. I’m currently finishing up The Secret History of the American Empire so this speech by Dr. King is especially meaningful to me because Perkins makes real today what King saw in general terms over 40 years ago. There are other great books I could recommend on the subject, however, these are easy reads and offer a first hand account of how the American Empire operates in its leadership role in the international order.
Excerpt from a speech delivered by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on April 4, 1967, at a meeting of Clergy and Laity Concerned at Riverside Church in New York City .
Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence
In 1957 a sensitive American official overseas said that it seemed to him that our nation was on the wrong side of a world revolution. During the past ten years we have seen emerge a pattern of suppression which now has justified the presence of U.S. military “advisors” in Venezuela. This need to maintain social stability for our investments accounts for the counter-revolutionary action of American forces in Guatemala. It tells why American helicopters are being used against guerrillas in Colombia and why American napalm and green beret forces have already been active against rebels in Peru. It is with such activity in mind that the words of the late John F. Kennedy come back to haunt us. Five years ago he said, “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.”
Increasingly, by choice or by accident, this is the role our nation has taken — the role of those who make peaceful revolution impossible by refusing to give up the privileges and the pleasures that come from the immense profits of overseas investment.
I am convinced that if we are to get on the right side of the world revolution, we as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values. We must rapidly begin the shift from a “thing-oriented” society to a “person-oriented” society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered.
A true revolution of values will soon cause us to question the fairness and justice of many of our past and present policies. n the one hand we are called to play the good Samaritan on life’s roadside; but that will be only an initial act. One day we must come to see that the whole Jericho road must be transformed so that men and women will not be constantly beaten and robbed as they make their journey on life’s highway. True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar; it is not haphazard and superficial. It comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring. A true revolution of values will soon look uneasily on the glaring contrast of poverty and wealth. With righteous indignation, it will look across the seas and see individual capitalists of the West investing huge sums of money in Asia, Africa and South America, only to take the profits out with no concern for the social betterment of the countries, and say: “This is not just.” It will look at our alliance with the landed gentry of Latin America and say: “This is not just.” The Western arrogance of feeling that it has everything to teach others and nothing to learn from them is not just. A true revolution of values will lay hands on the world order and say of war: “This way of settling differences is not just.” This business of burning human beings with napalm, of filling our nation’s homes with orphans and widows, of injecting poisonous drugs of hate into veins of people normally humane, of sending men home from dark and bloody battlefields physically handicapped and psychologically deranged, cannot be reconciled with wisdom, justice and love. A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.
America, the richest and most powerful nation in the world, can well lead the way in this revolution of values. There is nothing, except a tragic death wish, to prevent us from reordering our priorities, so that the pursuit of peace will take precedence over the pursuit of war.