That Judgment Thing 14 – The Kingdom of Heaven is Like a Do-Wop Song

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“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former.” – Matt. 23:23


A posting about “aggressive, challenger/defender” personalities caught my attention—we know them/are them, but what’s really going on—and what to do?

A Season 2, Episode 2 of a Dr Blake mysteries inspired this blog entry. Start at minute 34:52 for the piano/parlor scene for a little rock and roll tutorial from 1959.

Think about it. Aren’t the challenger/defender personalities like the judgments of this world beating to a rhythm?

Do-wop music comes to mind.

Except in my example, the persistent beat of the piano percussion is interwoven with melody and harmonized with the poor man’s instruments, the “do-wop” vocals. Composed, each element remains distinctive, but they blend to create something pleasing.

Like the biblical weaving of justice, mercy and faith, for something pleasing to result, the latter two are the weightier considerations.


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