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The Harvest (and songs) Of Justice

posted Sep 22, 2010, 1:26 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Sep 22, 2010, 2:09 PM ]

Today’s meditation song is from Table Songs: Music for Communion by David Haas, who also composed our opening/gathering hymn.

May we find richness in The Harvest of Justice which Christ Jesus has ripened for us…

A lot of music expresses this deep concern for the human condition, from the powerful simplicity of spirituals to the bold statements of modern culture.  Exploitation of the poor and the struggle to be more compassionate toward them emerges in Spearhead’s Crime to Be Broke in America and Hole in the Bucket.  The “man on the street pretends he can’t hear” in Phil Collins’ Another Day In Paradise. Instead of judging, Arrested Development’s Mr. Wendal learns from a homeless person.  Hall and Oates chastise Rich Girl for her disconnect between wealth and responsibility, while Dave Matthews Band warns not to Seek Up; don’t find fulfillment in material belongings while numbing yourself to others suffering.

Inspired by Tracy Chapman and U2, Janet Jackson created Rhythm Nation 1814, despite protests from recording executives who wanted material similar to her previous albums.   Ironically, The Black Eyed Peas struggled commercially until Where Is the Love? became their first Top 10 hit in 2003, which allowed them, like so many other musicians, to create their own charitable foundation.

And since this theme is so ingrained into Jesus’ ministry, you can find an entire section of songs on this topic in Breaking Bread.
What is your favorite song of social justice?  And why?  I challenge you this week to ask someone, anyone – a coworker, your spouse, a child – and see where the conversation leads...