“Songs in the Key of Life”

Stevie Wonder (1976)

The sound of harmony is not an accident.  When three or five musical notes are combined, they become a three or five chord harmony. The bible says wherever two or three are gathered together in my name, I am in the midst:  Matthew 18:20 (KJV).

God in Christ is the melody to our song of harmony and unity.

We all individually and culturally have a song; whether one can hold a tune or not, there is a chord that strikes when others interact.  In one way or another, we are either gathering or scattering by our persona and inner- essence.

Two major chords that people groups strike are accord or discord.  Much of that determination comes from our song and how we sing it.  The question could be asked of us: Is our song a “woe is me” eulogy or an overcoming anthem of celebration?  We may not be able to choose our song, but we are each given the choice to choose the attitude with which we sing our song.   

The word of God verifies this in the following passage:  

I looked again. I saw a huge crowd, too huge to count. Everyone was there—all nations and tribes, all races and languages.  And they were standing, dressed in white robes and waving palm branches, standing before the Throne and the Lamb and heartily singing: Revelation 7:9 (MSG).

What were they singing one may ask? They were singing a song of thanksgiving, for what the Bible calls “coming through the great tribulation.”  The same principle applies to the here and now concerning our song.

“These things I have spoken to you, that in me you may have peace.  In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 New King James Version (NKJV)

Therein lays the seat of our expression, echoing out of the depths of our souls into the chord of one’s song.  Our song, genre, is communicated mostly according to our collective cultural voice from which we each function.  Each of our people groups may operate out of a totally different sphere of experience.  This experience can be the element with which we practice, to co-exist with one another and create harmony.

For example, we see the passion and animation of an African American when singing, playing sports or worshiping at a service.  Instead of trying to judge one’s voice of cultural communication as useless emotionalism; in the essence of harmony we should try to understand their song.  Their song is communicated across generations as a survival anthem of freedom and all that it took to attain it.

Contrast this to The dominant culture of this nation; feelings of anxiousness when being the minority in a multi-ethnic gathering of people.  We should not be so quick to judge any apprehension as racist.  This is their song of ajustment, a characteristic of enlarging one’s territory (Prayer of Jabez). This is the reality of an ethnically diverse world that now starts at our neighbor’s house.

To make harmony, we must sing our song even when those around us are singing in their own chord.  Our cultural song that is communicated over the generations reveals to the world around us that we have overcome.  We must understand that everyone has a song (Rev 7:9); whether it is the Irish overcoming the prejudice in the early 19th century. It could be Mexicans communicating the loss of their land in the southwest over a century ago and mistreatment due to the socalled Manifest Destiny.  

Every Native American descendant from one of the Trail of Tears victims or a Japanese offspring of the WWII internment camps can now sing the song of redemption in church and in society.

“For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” Matthew 18:20 (KJV)

This looks like a three part harmony, in the context of a community church service or in the marketplace.  Christ brings the harmony as we “Build the Bridge Together” over the ethnic/cultural divide.

Kevin K Robinson Executive Director of Accord1

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    We all individually and culturally have a song; whether one can hold a tune or not, there is a chord that strikes when others interact.

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