|"David and all Israel were celebrating with all their might before the|
Lord, with castanets, harps, lyres, timbrels, sistrums and cymbals."
I'm noticing an interesting contrast in tomorrow's lectionary readings.
First, some context: I've been thinking about my work with World Beyond War, and, in particular, pondering a statement by one of our social media supporters during the past weeks: "As a growing number of people are recognizing the insanity of militarism and militaristic solutions in our world, pressure will increase irresistably to force the leaders to end imperialism and to demilitarize." (Kenneth Ruby)
|"As a growing number of people are recognizing the insanity of militarism|
and militaristic solutions in our world, pressure will increase irresistably
to force the leaders to end imperialism and to demilitarize."
(Kenneth Ruby - see World Beyond War July, 2015, social media campaign)
It made me start to wonder: what does it look like when we "force the leaders to end imperialism and to demilitarize" -- or, for that matter, force leaders to do anything?
|Salome: you lobby your way, I'll lobby mine|
The leadership exercised by David in bringing forth the Ark of the Covenant (described in 2 Samuel 6:1-5, 12b-19, and suggested in Psalm 24) seems to me to be the exact opposite of that of King Herod. To prioritize the worship and listening to the author of the universe, to the exclusion of all other distractions is not something that a leader can be lobbied into; (s)he has to figure it out on his or her own from the totality of discernible reality.
(David, of course, could make bad decisions, too; and with minimal encouragement. Herod, on the other hand, seemed only to go from bad to worse. Discuss.)
Which comes first, anyway: the power of the people? or the integrity of the leader?
(See NEEDED: Heroes to Bring About Nuclear Disarmament )
(See J'ACCUSE: The Beneficiaries of Permawar)
(See When THE PEOPLE Take Control: "Anything Can Happen")