19 January 2014

Martin Luther King: The Drum Major Instinct

People wish to have the power to otherwise do what they will. They wish to use God as a sort of vending machine, a compliant God, a God who does our will if one knows the right words to compel Him.  And they think that they have no sin, when they choose to give what they wish to Him, grudgingly, as they serve themselves.   And this pride, the refusal to serve, is the sin of the Fallen.

"And he answered, ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’ and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’

'You have answered rightly,' Jesus replied. 'Do this and you will live.'

But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, 'And who is my neighbor?'

Luke 10:27-29”

And Martin Luther King corrects this tendency to be self-serving, rather than serving, in a most remarkable way in this famous sermon, an excerpt of which was played at his funeral observance.

And below that is a very brief statement by King on 'maladjustment,' or that is, the state of the principled person, who is in the world, but not of it.