Summary: Elvis put it on everything . . . rings, necklaces, even his jet. It was more than the name of his band, it was his slogan. TCB is more than a slogan for us. It is our misson. This examination of our daily duties as priests will help you TCB!
Elvis was born to Vernon and Gladys Presley in a two-room house in Tupelo, Mississippi on January 8, 1935. He and his parents moved to Memphis, Tennessee in 1948. Over the course of his career, Elvis, He starred in 33 successful films, made history with his television appearances and specials, and knew great acclaim through his many, often record-breaking, live concert performances on tour and in Las Vegas.
Globally, he has sold over one billion records, more than any other artist. His American sales have earned him gold, platinum or multi-platinum awards for 150 different albums and singles, far more than any other artist. Among his many awards and accolades were 14 Grammy nominations with 3 wins from the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, which he received at age 36. Elvis died at his Memphis home, Graceland, on August 16, 1977.
In 1992, the U.S. Postal Service announced that Elvis’ image would be used for a commemorative postage stamp. The stamp was released on January 8, 1993, with extravagant first day of issue ceremonies at Graceland. The Elvis stamp is the most widely publicized stamp issue in the history of the U.S. Postal Service, and it is the top selling commemorative postage stamp of all time.
Currently, there are over 625 active Elvis fan clubs worldwide.
However, Elvis didn’t succeed by himself. He was help along by some close friends that made up his band which he dubbed the Memphis Mafia and then later because Pricilla Presley didn’t like the mafia connection of the name he came up with the name the TCB Band. It was a four piece group made up of a piano player, drummer, bass player, and guitar player. However, TCB or Takin’ Care of Business was more than just a band name. It in fact was even more than just a slogan. Elvis had adopted TCB as his life motto. Elvis put this logo on everything including necklaces and rings that he handed out to close friends and confidants. He even had it painted on the tail of his personal jet. He had it painted on the walls of his TV Room. It is even on his tombstone.
These 3 simple letters drove his life. But these letters should also have significance for us as believers. Not because they were made famous by some legendary rock icon or even because of the extremely successful song by the same name. No these 3 letters speak to our roles as priests. Before I go any further let me stop here and remind you that of all the things you can be called as a follower of Christ, disciple, saint, and member of the body, brother/sister, and joint heir, perhaps the one that is the most accurate, descriptive and heavy with the weight of responsibility is the moniker of priest. Peter makes it very clear that this is who we are.
I Peter 2:9 – “9But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:”
Most of us never think twice about this passage and the demands that it places on us. We just quickly and glibly pass over this identifier with thoughts of white clerical collars and rosary beads, or silly little jinglish song roles over in our head, but no real consideration that this title places on us very specific responsibilities.