Following the slaying of President John F. Kennedy, Jr., the composer/conductor Leonard Bernstein said this:
This will be our reply to violence:
to make music more intensely,
more devotedly than ever before.
And in the Christian Chronicle of January 2015, Brian Owens of the (predominantly black) Ferguson Heights MO Church of Christ is said to feel “inclined to protest. ” But his protest won’t involve “waving a ‘hands up, don’t shoot’ sign, staging a ‘die-in’ or chanting ‘I can’t breathe’ during a march.” Owens told fellow members of the predominantly black Ferguson Heights Church of Christ,
Worship is our protest. . . . Our response is worship because it is through our worship that people see the glory of God.
The notions expressed by these two men — ideologically and chronically distant from one another — seem to be of the same ilk, don’t they?
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