Strike A Chord (Accord)


In the spin room of a political campaign everyone has a righteous position backed up with air tight Ideological platitudes. The Uniting of two political foes, Democratic President, Barack Obama and Republican Convention Keynote Speaker, Governor Chris Christie Bridged the political chasm on behalf of the hurting people of New Jersey, ravaged by Hurricane Sandy. Their unanimity introduced a different narrative. Together they are proof that in a nation divided, somewhere encrypted throughout the spheres of engagement exist the potential common threads for exchange of thoughtful dialog. These are outliers of agreement that strikes a chord i.e. (Accord). Accord is a musical term at its root.  Its metaphorical Harmony takes variety, transcends the spectrum of diversity and creates magnificent dynamic from the sum of the individual parts.

After This Presidential Election  America will continue. The  inescapable fact  is that God placed us here together. Did God place us here to see an entire Native American people nearly eliminated? Did He make us hostage to the original sin of slavery, perpetually shrugging it off like it never happened and turning a blind eye to its residue?  Or did he allow our agriculture and rail system, to become the economic envy of the world by exploiting Asian and Latino immigrants?

America is not a finish project but we are a song; one that sings strongly an Idea. Through its meandering chord progressions, of seemingly aimless and lost yearnings of emotions, fears and justifications, the Idea moves on, many times ahead of the understanding of the notes themselves as they are played. The goal of the writers of the Preamble to the United States Constitution was “to build a more perfect union.”

Upon this note the song brings us to the Bridge, defined as: what ties the chores over to the verse usually in one or more sections of a song. Without it the song seems disconnected and unfinished. Right now the bridge is what stands before this nation to answer the aformentioned  questions. Might part of our answer be to strike a chord (Accord) of understanding concerning one another; first by acknowledging the fact that no one has it all figured out! “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God”; Rom 3:23 (KJV)

 Going forth, the paradox of this song is that when we see such a well-defined cultural chasm. One side of this chasm is calling us to return to the good old days of so called Godly American values, the other side calling us to forge ahead into the unexplored and unknown future. Yet in the meandering chord progressions of truth, seemingly aimless and lost yearnings of emotions, fears and justifications of the beginnings of this American song were not so moral and Godly at all. The Idea simply moved on ahead of the individual notes of injustice.

Above all things have intense and unfailing love for one another, for love covers a multitude of sins [forgives and [a]disregards the offenses of others]. 1 Peter 4:8 Amplified Bible (AMP)

Through it all, the common thread is that we’re the ones left to bridge this past to the future; that future is a multi-ethnic one and love is the encrypted code of unity upon our hearts, as we strike a chord (Accord ). Through intentional bridging of personal cross-cultural relationships; by this same love we can let freedom ring more loudly than our differences. This is not to say that differences will disappear, but we can declare that unity especially among Christ’s followers becomes essential to our very survival as a Nation.

Kevin Robinson Executive Director of Accord1

2 Responses to “Strike A Chord (Accord)”
  1. T says:

    I really like this post. God loves us all the same I loved the words you wrote ‘love is the encrypted code of unity upon or hearts’.
    John15:12 my command is this: love each other as I have loved you

    • accord1 says:

      Thank you for your kind words Terri! We must continue in this love that Christ started at the cross and we will by “Building the Bridge Together”.

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