Calvinist Racism and King’s Alleged Adultery—A Connection?
What’s the connection between Martin Luther King’s alleged adultery and Calvinist racism? Or Arminian racism? Or King’s liberal theology?
The fact that I can use the term “Calvinist racism” should make it clear that “King’s alleged adultery” does not exclude him from heroic standing in the cause of civil rights, any more than “Calvinist racism” excludes me from loving Calvinism — and King.
But there is a connection. It goes like this: Don’t use a leader’s sin to determine the truth of his ideas. Not King’s. Not the Calvinist’s. Not the Arminian’s. And so on.
Imprecise Rhetoric on Race
This is a plea to think and speak carefully about the relationship between racial harmony and right doctrine. Few things give rise to imprecise rhetoric like the issue of race. It’s understandable, but damaging. I’m thinking of rhetoric from white and black and Asian and Latino. I am sure I myself…