Some more quotations from the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. courtesy of Buzzfeed.
Who we are is more than the flesh in which we personally first became aware. This is why bigotry and racism are so tragic since the child of God is not that flesh. The crippled or diseased body is a different test of spirit. The child of God in these instances still chooses to unite with God or is unrighteous. We did not choose our flesh, or where we were born into this existence. Choice is the meaning of human life. Choice is the most precious ability for individuals. Choice is the person; it confirms, expresses their presence, their existence. There is no purpose for judgment without choice.
There would be nothing gained by the exercise that is human life without freedom of choice. The entirety of our existence is not the span of this flesh; it is a momentary exercise to prove who we are. We are made in the image of God. God is a spirit. We unite with His Spirit or we rebel.
Martin Luther King Jr. sure was a theological liberal. Search his sermons and writings for “Christ”. You won’t find many mentions. He was basically an Unitarian with a pessimistic view of human nature (“sin”). Here’s his 1966 Ware Lecture: http://www.uua.org/ga/past/1966/ware/index.shtml