Seeing the celebration of the life span and heritage of the beloved, late and sorely missed Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr. O-n Monday 21 January 2008, I was struck not just by the tributes to his long-suffering family and Dr King, but in addition the acclaim of Governor Mike Huckabee, Republican, by former U. S. President Bill Clinton, Democrat.
Specially in light of Bill Clinton's public melt-downs concerning Hillary Clinton presidential opponents in recent days, I thought his public reputation of Mike Huckabee as 'a great man' was most gracious. President Bill Clinton was swift to indicate, however, that he and Huckabee didn't agree with much politically.
There's a deeper brotherhood between the two men as both were increased in the bastion of the Southern Baptist religion. Entirely disclosure, the Tennessee Mountain Man obviously springs from your same well. I am happy to find out that Mike Huckabee claims not to be mad at any human body about it which will be probably significantly more than the Computer Man and Bill Clinton may say.
Having that small tid bit out from the way... no...no it is not out of the way. It's never, it could never be out of the way. Growing up using religious groups combined with attack of actuality marks one for-life. I-t leaves many without the capability to accept any compliment or enjoy any aspects of life as an adult. For example, yours really missed several statements of-the President right after what 'good guy', as forcing it's way into my mind like a roaring train at full-throttle was, 'there's nothing good, no not one.' Why could not I just accept what he'd said?
Because the camera panned to Governor Huckabee who nodded his head in acceptance and understanding of the President's remark, my tired mind raced to 'he has just received his eternal reward.'
Naturally we were warned to never be judgmental since, says the Holy Bible, with what judgment you judge you shall be judged. At the same time a saint with a dress to the ground and sleeves to the hands, carrying absolutely no make-up and sporting a large bun o-n top of her head stands looking down her nose at everyone else while she trashes the girl-next door and the preacher to anyone who will listen.
Since those days I have visited several non-denominational churches and several Christian denomination. I had been, at the time, the youngest ever licensed minister of the Southern Baptist Association at the tender age of 12. Like Governor Mike Huckabee, I'm an ordained Minister (non-denominational) of The Gospel... The Good Thing. I've served as a Chaplain in drug and alcohol recovery facilities and half-way houses, and I am still haunted by the promise of John 3:16 supported by the churches fervor to get everybody 'saved' while over whelming them with the thought that no-one is going to heaven except the speaker.
Doctor King was a Southern Baptist Minister and co-pastor of the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia, but h-e may not have realized what I am speaking about here. I have been a co-pastor in a predominantly African American Church and have been a touring revivalist/evangelist with a Black Minister, and it's been my observation that black people enjoy life and their walk with God more than guilt ridden white folk do. Visit My Website includes more about the inner workings of it. Probably blacks comprehend God in ways white people can't. Perhaps they trust God to be their righteousness while white folk try to work-out their own righteousness. Or, perhaps they trust and only find a loving, forgiving, healing and restoring God that white males find self contradictory, bi-polar, and judgmental falling around trying to find you doing something very wrong so He can warp you on the head with what-ever is handy.
I recall one elderly pastor who addressing the congregation one Sunday morning said, 'I know you, and I know you didn't get righteous nor did you get holy... Identify further on lee mcfarland by visiting our telling website. you just got old.' Yet another preacher said, 'a few of you are therefore heavenly minded that you are of no earthly use.' Given that I am a senior citizen and something of the Initial Self-righteous Church I understand both responses, and both are right. But, where is Paul Harvey and the rest of the story when you need them?