I thought they'd like the subject matter - "sleep." I knew they'd enjoy the music. My students are somewhat more sophisticated than I was at their age, I think.
I also thought they'd like the visual presentation - all of the videos spliced together so that you're seeing different countries represented as spheres of singers.
They loved it.
But yesterday one of them made a comment that really hit me hard. It was a totally innocent observation. "Are you sure they're all from different countries? They all look like Americans."
I wanted to respond immediately, but I wasn't sure quite how.
I waited a few beats and then said something like, "No, they all look like humans. And you're a human."
Right before an election. We run into the statement: They all look like humans, and you're a human.
I promise I'm not trying to be a hippie or anything by saying this (but, really, we'd probably still be friends if I was one). I'm just trying to be an honest person. Are you really and truly aware of the fact that God has love for the people that you don't love? . . . . I am asking that question of myself mostly.
And while we're asking really tough questions, let's ask this one: Is it really clear to us just how much we have in common with the people we choose for our enemies on this Earth?
Because we're human.
We can't escape our humanity here on the Earth. It's written all over us. And the God who knit us all together in our mothers' wombs might very well be shaking His head and wondering if we were listening when Jesus was talking . . . wondering if we were watching when Jesus was sharing meals with people we wouldn't welcome at our lunch table.
Every year when some sort of political thing happens - election or otherwise - my social media blows up with argument. Notice that I say argument . . . not debate. A debate is studious. A debate is educational and academic. An argument is none of those things.
We enjoy this a little too much.
1 Peter 3:8 - "To sum it up, all of you be harmonious, sympathetic, brotherly, kindhearted, and humble in spirit;"
If you believe in Jesus the way I do, then I want to issue you a challenge that I'm issuing myself today: go out of your way to be loving and peaceful toward those who probably didn't vote like you did. Think of anybody you know to be different from yourself as your brother or sister. Don't bring up politics with them. Ask them how their day was. And then, in honor of the beliefs you have, live your day honoring those things you hold as your values . . . and let the values speak for themselves.
If you are someone who struggles with this idea of Jesus, then I am praying that today you run into somebody who not only knows Jesus, but someone who knows Jesus and is wearing the love of Jesus outwardly - so that they are kind to you and sympathetic toward you.
Don't waste your day yelling at the world.
Love the world back into the Garden it's meant to be.
For the past several days I've been playing a video at the end of my 3rd-5th grade music classes called "Virtual Choir 2.0." It's one of Eric Whitacre's projects. If you're a choral musician and enjoy Whitacre's writing, then you'll enjoy this.