Some thoughts to reflect upon on Sunday

“…And there is, deep down within all of us, an instinct. It’s a kind of drum major instinct – a desire to be out front, a desire to lead the parade, a desire to be first. And it is something that runs the whole gamut of life…

“…And the great issue of life is to harness the drum major instinct. Now the other problem is when you don’t harness the drum major instinct, this uncontrolled aspect of it, is that it leads to snobbish exclusivism. Now you know, this is the dangerย  of social clubs, and fraternities. I’m in a fraternity; I’m in two or three. For sororities, and all of these, I’m not talking against them, I’m saying it’s the danger. The danger is that they can become forces of classism and exclusivism where somehow you get a degree of satisfaction because you are in something exclusive, and that’s fulfilling something, you know. And I’m in this fraternity, and it’s the best fraternity in the world and everybody can’t get in this fraternity. So it ends up, you know, a very exclusive kind of thing.

“And you know, that can happen with the church. I’ve known churches get in that bind sometimes. I’ve been to churches you know, and they say ‘we have so many doctors and so many school teachers, and so many lawyers, and so many businessmen in our church.’ And that’s fine, because doctors need to go to church, and lawyers, and businessmen, teachers — they ought to be in church. But they say that, even the preacher will go on through it, they say that as if the other people don’t count. And the church is the one place where a doctor ought to forget that he’s a doctor. The church is the one place where a Ph.D. ought forget that he’s a doctor. The church is the one place that a schoolteacher ought to forget the degree she has behind her name. The church is the one place where the lawyer ought to forget that he’s a lawyer. And any church that violates the ‘whosoever will, let him come’ doctrine is a dead, cold church,and nothing but a little social club with a thin veneer of religiosity…

“…And so Jesus gave us a new norm of greatness. If you want to be important –wonderful. If you want to be recognized — wonderful. If you want to be great — wonderful. But recognize that he who is greatest amongst you shall be your servant. That’s your new definition of greatness. And this morning, the thing that I like about it – by giving that definition of greatness, it means that everybody can be great. Because everybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You don’t have to know about Plato and Aristotle to serve. You don’t have to know Einstein’s theory of relativity to serve. You don’t have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love. And you can be that servant…”

Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.

excerpts from a sermon given from the pulpit of the Ebenezer Baptist Church, 4 February 1968


14 responses to “Some thoughts to reflect upon on Sunday

  1. Wow very cool ๐Ÿ™‚

    Have a great Labor Day Weekend.

  2. Bixbear (aka Jason Beghe)

    My man. My all-time favorite.

    just to contribute to the motion, here are two shorties:

    “Whoso would be a man must be a nonconformist.”
    -Ralph Waldo Emerson

    “It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.”

  3. martyrathbun09


  4. I like this. I find it is often the opposite.

    I am not posting so much in the freezone any more. I can do Scien without posting and I can live my life more as well.

    People get the big whatever title they have and then bash the one’s that don’t agree with them so they are no longer heard.

    I fear the freezone can go this way as well in some respect but not in all for their are too many groups for it all to go down. One or so might fail for this reason but not all of it.

    I stand for the tech but no longer need to be net chatter box.

    I think it is time for me to grow up and leave some of the net stuff behind. It is more fun to go out in the sun and visit a friend then try to fix something one can’t fix.

  5. Wow, awesome quotes, all of them. Thanks.

  6. Great sermon. Truely. Lets not not forget who he served. Same Lord as that of the great Mahalia Jackson, who said “I hope to bring people to God with my songs. ” She was a loyal friend and advocate for MLK and his ministry and her race but she loved the Lord first because God is love.

    Move On Up A Little Higher | Mahalia Jackson

    My God Is Real | Mahalia Jackson

    Mahalia jackson—we shall overcome

    Mahalia jackson—We Shall Overcome Quote:

    We shall overcome, we shall overcome,
    We shall overcome someday;
    Oh, deep in my heart, i do believe,
    We shall overcome someday.

    The lord will see us through, the lord will see us through,
    The lord will see us through someday;
    Oh, deep in my heart, i do believe,
    We shall overcome someday.

    We are not afraid, we are not afraid,
    We are not afraid today;
    Oh, deep in my heart, i do believe,
    We are not afraid today.

    The truth shall make us free, the truth shall make us free,
    The truth shall make us free someday;
    Oh, deep in my heart, i do believe,
    The truth shall make us free someday.

    We shall live in peace, we shall live in peace,
    We shall live in peace someday;
    Oh, deep in my heart, i do believe,
    We shall live in peace someday.

  7. martyrathbun09

    Thanks. How about In The Upper Room?

  8. You’re welcome ๐Ÿ™‚ She once said: “I don’t do this just to be an entertainment, you know.” Haha!
    I just love her ๐Ÿ™‚ Here’s that other great one:

    ” In the upper room” by Mahalia Jackson

    In The Upper Room lyrics Artist – Mahalia Jackson Album – THE ESSENCE OF MAHALIA JACKSON Lyrics – In The Upper Room
    Here are some of my other fav MJ Videos:

    Crying in the Chapel (Mahalia Jackson) – Elvis tribute

    Trouble of the World – Mahalia Jackson

    Mahalia Jackson – It is well with my soul

    Summertime/Motherless Child- Mahalia Jackson Bing Crosy TV Special

    Mahalia Jackson= Remember Me

    MAHALIA JACKSON SINGS – Lord search my heart

    Mahalia Jackson–How I got over

    What A Friend We Have In Jesus- Mahalia Jackson

    Mahalia Jackson – Abide with me

    MAHALIA JACKSON Live late 1960’s We shall overcome

    Mahalia Jackson= I know it was the blood

    Mahalia Jackson – Sweet Little Jesus Boy


    There Is Power In The Blood | Mahalia Jackson

    Mahalia Jackson – He is my light

    Keep Your Hand On The Plow (Live)- Mahalia Jackson Duke Ellington Orchestra

    She was a woman of great faith and integrity.

    “I’ll suffer a long time because of the principles of my religion.”

    “The old Devil gets mad when you’re trying to do good. Pray that God will move the stumbling blocks.”

  9. martyrathbun09

    Mary, thank you so much for all those great links. Mahalia also reportedly was the one who yelled “tell them the truth Reverend!” at the Washington Mall in 1963, prompting Martin Luther King to drop his dry notes, and take off on “I have a dream”.

  10. Bixbear (aka Jason Beghe)

    goosepimples. no kidding. Mahalia makes me cry every time i listen. they are wonderful tears full of so many emotions that i experience simultaneously–from the depths of the deepest oppression to the glory of salvation-i feel cleansed afterwards….she brings me closer to god. she and martin may just be my two favorites. art at its highest frequency-they not only make me want to change, they change me.

  11. martyrathbun09

    Amen. Dr. J (Bixbear) introduced me to Mahalia.

  12. You’re welcome, Marty. I really enjoy sharing stuff like this. There’s only one Mahalia Jackson! regarding the quote attributed to her, according to various places on the internet,her comment was slightly different, something like “Tell them about your dream, Martin! ” However, the actual video clip of the speech
    You can read his speech there as well.
    One can see it in part 3 of the National Archives video of the event:
    ( in part at 2: 36 or so) you can hear someone in the background saying ” Tell them about your..” where the camera then flashes onto and then off of a woman that is does not resemble Mahalia.

    According to the below source, the full sentence is claimed to have been stated even though I don’t hear it that way in the speech, along with the information on King’s dropping of the original notes to launch the I Have a Dream speech:

    “Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had originally prepared a short and somewhat formal recitation of the sufferings of African Americans attempting to realize their freedom in a society chained by discrimination. He was about to sit down when gospel singer Mahalia Jackson called out, “Tell them about your dream, Martin! Tell them about the dream!” Encouraged by shouts from the audience, King drew upon some of his past talks, and the result became the landmark statement of civil rights in America — a dream of all people, of all races and colors and backgrounds, sharing in an America marked by freedom and democracy.” For further reading: Herbert Garfinkel, When Negroes March: The March on Washington…(1969); Taylor Branch, Parting the Waters: America in the King Years, 1954-1963 (1988); Stephen B. Oates, Let the Trumpet Sound: The Life of Martin Luther King Jr. (1982).

    The tape of the event is truely amazing.

  13. Thanks much Mary.

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