Bryan Fischer: Martin Luther King did not believe in the separation of church and state
Friday, August 30, 2013 7:19 AM

By Bryan Fischer

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I had occasion earlier this week to revisit the speech, the sermon, that Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered four days after Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give her bus seat to a white man. 

King launched the Montgomery bus boycott on that day, December 5, 1955. 

Horror of horrors, his politically-charged was delivered  not in an arena, not in a hotel conference room, not in a public plaza, but in a church. And a Baptist church at that, Montgomery’s Holt Baptist Church.

While talking about his distinctly political agenda - equal treatment under the law for all regardless of race - Dr. King could not stop talking about God, Jesus, and Christianity. If the ACLU weren’t such blatant hypocrites, they would have hauled Dr. King into court in the middle of his speech for violating their precious and completely mythical separation of church and state.

Here are some excerpts: 

“I want it to be known throughout Montgomery and throughout this nation that we are Christian people. We believe in the Christian religion. We believe in the teachings of Jesus. The only weapon that we have in our hands this evening is the weapon of protest. That’s all.” Oops. 

“The Almighty God himself is not...only.. the God just standing out saying through Hosea, ‘I love you, Israel.’ He’s also the God that stands up before the nations and said: ‘Be still and know that I’m God, that if you don’t obey me I will break the backbone of your power and slap you out of the orbits of your international and national relationships.’” Yikes. When any clergyman talks today about the coming judgment of God on this nation for its immorality, the same people who lionize Dr. King go into anaphylactic shock and when they recover their senses immediately launch vitriolic attacks on people of faith whom they perceive to be curmudgeonly theocrats. 

“Mrs. Rosa Parks is a fine person. And, since it had to happen, I’m happy that it happened to a person like Mrs. Parks, for nobody can doubt the boundless outreach of her integrity. Nobody can doubt the height of her character, nobody can doubt the depth of her Christian commitment and devotion to the teachings of Jesus. And I’m happy since it had to happen, it happened to a person that nobody can call a disturbing factor in the community. Mrs. Parks is a fine Christian person, unassuming, and yet there is integrity and character there. And just because she refused to get up, she was arrested.” Double oops. The hero of the piece is a devout Christian! 

“Certainly, certainly, this is the glory of America, with all of its faults. This is the glory of our democracy. If we were incarcerated behind the iron curtains of a communistic nation we couldn’t do this. If we were dropped in the dungeon of a totalitarian regime we couldn’t do this. But the great glory of American democracy is the right to protest for right.” Grab the smelling salts. He’s talking about American exceptionalism! 

“May I say to you my friends, as I come to a close, and just giving some idea of why we are assembled here, that we must keep—and I want to stress this, in all of our doings, in all of our deliberations here this evening and all of the week and while—whatever we do, we must keep God in the forefront. Let us be Christian in all of our actions.” An ACLU attendee by this time would have been overcome with an attack of the vapors and would have had to be hauled out of the room on a gurney. 

As a member of the Black and Robed Regiment - black being the color of their skin, not the color of their vestments - Dr. King showed what biblical Christianity looks like in political action. His political activism was explicitly theological, explicitly biblical, and explicitly Christian. 

He knew that the preachers of America must serve as the conscience of America, and that America’s public policy will only be sound if it is in alignment with the eternal laws of nature and nature’s God. 

Bottom line: Martin Luther King did not believe for a single moment that there is some kind of separation between church and state. And neither should we. 

(Unless otherwise noted, the opinions expressed are the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the views of the American Family Association or American Family Radio.)