Shall we tear down the monument of every hero in our history who does not conform to our principles? If so, which monuments would be left standing? Shall we rename airports, boulevards, parks and other public places because the mob or pop culture is offended by our nations’s history—good and bad? If so, we must consider whether any person in the history of our nation is worth remembering—after all—they ALL had faults.
I remember how devastated I was in May of 2019, when an article emerged indicating that one of my favorite heroes, Martin Luther King Jr., looked on, laughed and offered advice as one of his friends raped a woman. His biographer, David Garrow wrote that the suggestion that King “either actively tolerated or personally employed violence against any woman, even while drunk, poses so fundamental a challenge to his historical stature as to require the most complete and extensive historical review possible.”
I didn’t want to believe this was possible from a man I held in such high esteem.
But since all known copies of the recorded audiotapes and written transcripts of the FBI’s electronic surveillance of King between 1963 and 1968 were ordered sealed from public access until 2027—I am left only to wonder and question. Given the public trend, and if this is true, should we remove his name and image from our public historical monuments and rename all the streets across the nation named after him? Should we minimize his historically significant contribution to the civil rights movement?
If our nation’s heroes are held to a standard of infallibility, the simple fact is—we would have no heroes.
In fact, most of US would EVER qualify either. There was only one person who lived a perfect life—Jesus. Even most of the great Bible heroes had major character flaws. Then there was Jesus, who was as innocent as a lamb and who died for our sins so we could live in freedom. He deserves our greatest worship. Someday, He will come and wipe away all tears.
The Bible says: “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.’” (Revelation 21:1-4)
Our earthly heroes are ALL flawed—even the ones in the Bible—but that doesn’t mean we should forget them. Rather we should learn from their mistakes and be encouraged by their heroism. Our flawed heroes serve to remind us to place our greatest hope in Jesus—the only infallible Hero—who has planned a future for His children where there is no tyranny, tears or death.
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