Get Up, Stand Up

February 19, 2007

From a sermon in seminary a few days ago by my liturgics professor, who reminded us that “resurrection” originally translates from a word meaning something like “stand up.”  He preached on the inspiration he found in the Rastfarian people on a recent vacation.  I think this is a reminder that we are living in the Resurrection– something I’ve written on several times under different titles; Jesus came to allow us to live in the end times, not to have us wait for them.

I particularly like the “ism and skism” reference– particularly fitting right now, I think, with heterosexism and the obvious schism problems we face.

Get Up, Stand Up, stand up for your right (3 times)
Get Up, Stand Up, don’t give up the fight

Preacher man don’t tell me heaven is under the earth
I know you don’t know what life is really worth
Is not all that glitters in gold and
Half the story has never been told

So now you see the light, aay
Stand up for your right. Come on
Get Up, Stand Up, stand up for your right
Get Up, Stand Up, don’t give up the fight
(Repeat)

Most people think great God will come from the sky
Take away ev’rything, and make ev’rybody feel high
But if you know what life is worth
You would look for yours on earth
And now you see the light
You stand up for your right, yeah!

Get Up, Stand Up, stand up for your right
Get Up, Stand Up, don’t give up the fight
Get Up, Stand Up. Life is your right
So we can’t give up the fight
Stand up for your right, Lord, Lord
Get Up, Stand Up. Keep on struggling on
Don’t give up the fight
We’re sick and tired of your ism and skism game
Die and go to heaven in Jesus’ name, Lord
We know when we understand
Almighty God is a living man
You can fool some people sometimes
But you can’t fool all the people all the time
So now we see the light
We gonna stand up for our right
So you’d better get up, stand up, stand up for your right
Get Up, Stand Up, don’t give up the fight
Get Up, Stand Up, stand up for your right
Get Up, Stand Up, don’t give up the fight.

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