The above headline is not beyond imagination were Martin Luther King, Jr. alive and schedule to appear at a recent event from which gospel singer Donnie McClurkin was uninvited. McClurkin was set to appear at a Martin Luther King Jr. memorial concert, but was uninvited over his views on homosexuality.
Ironically, McClurkin is a former homosexual who was delivered from the curse of homosexuality as the Wall Street Journal reports.
McClurkin has said that God delivered him from what he reportedly called “the curse” of homosexuality after he was sexually abused as a child.
It seems from McClurkin’s view that he was not born homosexual, but was lead down that path due to childhood molestation by men. Those pushing a homosexual agenda seem to hold a double-standard considering McClurkin’s claims. If someone says they were born homosexual then they are encouraged to “come out” and “be who they are,” etc. However, McClurkin explains he wasn’t born that way so he is shoved back into the closet, cut-off, and called a controversial.
Let me get this straight: To come out as gay is to promote peace and harmony, but for an ex-gay come out as straight is to create controversy and division? Got it! Tolerance at its finest.
But what does this have to do with Martin Luther King? In King’s January 1958 “Advice for Living” column in Ebony magazine answers the question.
Question: My problem is different from the ones most people have. I am a boy, but I feel about boys the way I ought to feel about girls. I don’t want my parents to know about me. What can I do? Is there any place where I can go for help?
[King's] Answer: Your problem is not at all an uncommon one. However, it does require careful attention. The type of feeling that you have toward boys is probably not an innate tendency, but something that has been culturally acquired. Your reasons for adopting this habit have now been consciously suppressed or unconsciously repressed. Therefore, it is necessary to deal with this problem by getting back to some of the experiences and circumstances that lead to the habit. In order to do this I would suggest that you see a good psychiatrist who can assist you in bringing to the forefront of conscience all of those experiences and circumstances that lead to the habit. You are already on the right road toward a solution, since you honestly recognize the problem and have a desire to solve it.
Seems like King’s advice to the young man is not so different from that path McClurkin took to come out of homosexuality. King does not encourage him to act on his feelings. King’s answer also denies the boy was born homosexual. Rather, he was probably culturally influenced. The boy is encouraged to address his feelings all the way to the point of seeing a psychiatrist to help deal with and overcome his homosexuality.
Dr. King’s words do not fit well with the agenda so they will probably be ignored or excused. Another way around his words is to speculate about where he would stand today. King would be, of course, on everyone’s side depending on who you ask.
Christians will likely continue to face intolerance like McClurkin did from the pro-homosexual crowd. And that’s okay, we Christians should expect that type of intolerance. It is part of being in the world. As cliche as it sounds, we must keep going back to the gospel of Jesus Christ. The gospel is all we have ourselves and all we have to offer and it is everything!
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