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Mike King: Living the Neutral Dream :Part 1

Part 2

Every "dream" has an inception or progenator. Where did MLK Jr.'s dream get its foundation from? Well let us go back to the begining of the name "Martin Luther King", as you may or may not know MLK Jr. was born Mike King Junior. His name was not changed until he was around 5 years of age. He was named after his father Mike King Sr., which brings us to the first part of this series.


In 1934, Mike King Sr. was a prominent pastor in the city of Atlanta. And in the beginning of that same year he decided to take a trip to visit the lands of the Bible, and end his trip at the 'Baptist World Alliance Congress' being held in Berlin, Germany. Mike was one of a handful of American ministers at the international conference, and he would have had to be one of few preachers if not the only one present.


Germany was experiencing a "great awakening" in 1934, a charismatic young ruler had just taken the reigns of the governement. And many of his edicts were favorable to the religious institutions. Some of the new laws banned smoking, pornography, communist communications, as well as Jewish magazines. This new leader in Germany was named Adolf Hitler. And the Baptist World Alliance ministers would give an affirming confirmation to most of Hitler's new ideas. The ministers at the conference had little if any negative things to say about the Fuerer. To them, political policy was the way in which God moved and acted in society. In their eyes, they needed to affirm and consecrate the new "righteous God ordained" Protestant-friendly German government. Nothing bad was going to happen because they were representative of God. And if God wanted them to condemn Hitler then they would see some type of sign from Him (perferably a heavenly sign).


""Quite a number of correspondents of our Southern Baptist papers writing about the BWA seemed to have a kindly feeling and a good word for Hitler and his regime," Wrote R. H. Pitt in Religious Herald, singling out one variety of Baptists who seemed particularly vulnerable to German propaganda. Victor I. Masters of the Western Recorder went even further, writing, "Most of the testimony we have from our brethren who went to the Baptist World Alliance in Berlin has seemed with great spontaneity and readiness to accept the opinion that all is well in Germany -- especially in regard to religious liberty." Even Dr. Bradbury, the Boston pastor who dreaded crossing the German border, changed his mind about the Nazis." William Lloyd Allen aritcle, 'How Baptists Assessed Hitler' from Christian Century September 1-8, 1982, p. 890


The young Mike King Sr. was so impressed by what he saw and what he found in the host country of Germany, that he legally changed his name to "Martin Luther". Almost as if being reborn in the streets of Wittenburg, Mike King saw opprotunity and he seized it. As he returned to Atlanta most people (even in his own family) would not accept the new title-name. In order to push for acceptance Mike also renamed his son (named Mike King Junior at the time) Martin Luther King Junior. The rebirth of Mike King Sr., worked with stunning results; the Baptist World Alliance (who met every 4 years) held their 1938 confrerence in Martin Luter King's "house" (Atlanta, Georgia). How is it that these "ministers" were so blind as to not see the wickedness that exuded from the land of Germany in 1934. How could God's representatives have been fooled like this. From Allen's article:


"For one thing, Baptist delegates tended to assess larger social issues through the narrow gauge of a simplistic personal ethic. The Alliance noted, "It is reported that Chancellor Adolf Hitler gives to the temperance movement the prestige of his personal example since he neither uses intoxicants nor smokes" (Official Report of the Fifth Baptist World Congress). Even Dr. Sampey, wary of the Nazis, cautioned against too-hasty judgment of a leader who had stopped German women from smoking cigarettes and wearing red lipstick in public. After being so afraid to enter Germany, Dr. Bradbury, once there, found himself delighted with the forced morality of the fascists. He wrote: It was a great relief to be in a country where salacious sex literature cannot be sold; where putrid motion pictures and gangster films cannot be shown. The new Germany has burned great masses of corrupting books and magazines along with its bonfires of Jewish and communistic libraries (Watchman-Examiner XXII 37 (September 13, 1934). Surely a leader who does not smoke or drink, who wants women to be modest, and who is against pornography cannot be all bad, or so the reasoning went. As M. E. Aubrey of England observed in the Baptist Times, Hitler had "brought almost a new Puritanism, which makes its appeal to our Baptist friends, and for the sake of which they can overlook much that cuts across their natural desires." Baptists from the United States ignored the fact that interpreters were barred from even rendering the word "democracy" in Aubrey’s speech. Priority was placed on personal habits, to the detriment of larger, more vital issues. " William Lloyd Allen aritcle, 'How Baptists Assessed Hitler' from Christian Century September 1-8, 1982, p. 890


These Baptist ministers were "Living the Dream", only to be awaken by some type of "heavnely" sign that would never appear. They wanted to stay "dreaming" because in their prosperous elite world, God would never allow bad things to happen especially when government was following a morally righteous template. These ministers were just like "Pharisees and Saducees" of the 1st Century.