In my morning Bible reading I came across a passage that I had read many times without understanding that it might have a deeper meaning for my situation in being locked-out by Monostatos’ Orchestra. It is the passage from the Beatitudes that reads, “Blessed are you when people hate you, when they exclude you and insult you and reject your name as evil because of the Son of Man.” (NIV)
I cannot think of a statement that better describes my experience with the Monostatos Orchestra and those players who enticed me to ‘practice’ on the darkened stage at Orchestra Hall in order to exclude me, even target my home and my children, and silence me once and for all. It is a very odd experience to be excluded. You may be standing in the midst of people who are, in fact, excluding you. They refuse to give you a voice. They look past you and ignore you. They may band with others to do the same thing. There is nothing to do but accept this apparent indignity and acknowledge the disrespect that accompanies it.
However, for Believers, we have a higher goal. For every gift of the Holy Spirit will, by its very nature, be excluded by the world, or in the case of music, by what I call the Kingdom of the Night. When that happens I must gracefully let go and move on. We are not called to cast our pearls before swine. We are to wipe the dust off our feet and keep going. We are to give thanks to Him who went before us, jumping for joy. 🙂
*M4B=Mozart For Believers