To say that the Reverends Wright, Sharpton and Jackson are men of God is to say that Bill Maher is a man of Faith.
On a day when so many Black leaders will be standing up in front of large audiences and putting words in Dr. King's mouth, I wonder what he would be actually thinking today if he saw the current state of the movement he led.
The most public and notable leaders Sharpton and Jackson, turned the movement into nothing more than a protection racket; extorting money from various business entities under the threat of being called racist or "a discriminator". With great regularity they fail to keep Commandments #8 and #9 while calling on their followers to openly and brazenly break Commandment #10. These are not leaders who seek to lift their people up to greater achievement but must in fact keep their people suppressed in a vicious cycle of poverty, chaos and hatred in order to continue to line their own pockets.
Reverend Wrights weekly venom has been widely publicized and needs not be repeated here. It is enough to note that a true man of God, would never utter these words or promote the hatred and envy he does to a people in need of real hope and direction. The longer someone harbors thoughts of hatred and resentment for his or her situation, the lower the chances of that situation ever changing for the better.
Dr. King was a good shepherd. He had a vision for his flock that they could live in peace and prosper in a country that was founded on the premise that all men were created and endowed by their creator with inalienable rights. His speeches were filled ideas of equal rights, equal justice and equal opportunity, not hate-filled damnation, entitlement and revenge.
His enemies hated him, not because he was pointing fingers at them and spewing vicious rhetoric, but because he held up a mirror to the oppressors and showed them what they really were. He did not seek revenge, he sought understanding, repentance and forgiveness so that future generations of American citizens would have this all behind them. Like Moses, John the Baptist and Jesus he knew that he was on the side of righteousness and that with God, he could change the course of Man.
Of all the people who were taken from us too soon, Dr. Kings death was the most tragic in my lifetime, because the void he left has been filled with purveyor's of corruption, hatred and despair and his flock still wanders the desert.
May God Bless Dr. Martin Luther King Jr and those who today still share his dream.