Two responses

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 beautifully,
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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5 thoughts on “Two responses

  1. godschildrenorg 01/16/2015 / 2:01 pm

    Their comments show a wisdom that is lacking in this world of turmoil. When I think of the anger I sometimes feel about injustice around the globe, I am humbled by their comments. We can’t change the world, but we can bring His Light and Love wherever we are every day. ~~ Anne in Transylvania


    • Brian Casey 01/16/2015 / 7:14 pm

      Yes — “you in your small corner, and I in mine,” as an old children’s song says. (Some of those children’s songs are better than the adult songs!) If I can respond even with nonviolent words, in my sphere, and if I can point to something greater, relinquishing concerns over trivialities, I will have lived better and will have illuminated an area, methinks.


  2. godschildrenorg 01/16/2015 / 2:06 pm

    Reblogged this on God’s Children Blog and commented:
    These words are timely, can help us find peace. Guest Post by Brian Casey, PhD, (our “nephew” by his choice. He offered. We accepted.) God is good! ~~ Anne Boyd, St. George, Transylvania, RO


  3. Susan Peterson 01/16/2015 / 4:47 pm

    I seems to me, as a sudden thought (i.e., not very thought-out), that protests which involve pointing at other people or pointing at problems are much less likely to result in real change than does pointing at larger and more true things. This is what worship does.


    • Brian Casey 01/16/2015 / 7:01 pm

      Susan, just as “polished” is not always a good goal for a sermon or public teaching, maybe “not very thought-out” is better than over-thought. “Pointing at larger and truer things.” Yes. Yes.


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