Monday, January 15, 2007

Dangerous Unselfishness

If you have never heard Dr. King's "Mountaintop" speech, I encourage you today to listen...it's not long. He gave this speech in Memphis the night before he was killed. Here are some excerpts:

"because the world is all messed up. The nation is sick. Trouble is in the land; confusion all around. That's a strange statement. But I know, somehow, that only when it is dark enough can you see the stars. And I see God working in this period of the twentieth century in a way that men, in some strange way, are responding.

And also in the human rights revolution, if something isn't done, and done in a hurry, to bring the colored peoples of the world out of their long years of poverty, their long years of hurt and neglect, the whole world is doomed. Now, I'm just happy that God has allowed me to live in this period to see what is unfolding. And I'm happy that He's allowed me to be in Memphis.

Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I'm not concerned about that now. I just want to do God's will. And He's allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I've looked over. And I've seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the promised land!
And so I'm happy, tonight. I'm not worried about anything. I'm not fearing any man! Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord!"

The speech in it's entirety may be found here: http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/mlkivebeentothemountaintop.htm

Let's reflect (and work!) today and everyday how we can continue Dr. King's work to bring God's children everywhere out of poverty and oppression.


2 comments:

TheologyMom said...

You won the drawing on This Pile! Did you see that??

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the reminder of Dr. King - and we must remember that his message was filled with a "dream" of equality, lack of warring and materialism...what a man - and God has placed dreams within each of our hearts that he is desperately at work fullfilling - - - if we will just join Him...have a great day...Mark

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