The title to this blog post may raise some eyebrows. Let me explain.
- Joshua Bell (Wikipedia), a world-renowned classical violinist whom I had the pleasure of hearing live back in the late 1990s, is featured in a fascinating article by the Washington Post: “Pearls Before Breakfast: Can one of the nation’s greatest musicians cut through the fog of a D.C. rush hour? Let’s find out.“
- Scott Aniol’s post tipped me off to this article earlier this week, and Josh Harris’ post encapsulates my thoughts precisely. (See also Abraham Piper’s comments here and here.)
- In short, the parallel is this:
- Indoor rush-hour pedestrian traffic barely noticed one of the world’s finest violinists playing some of the world’s most beautiful music on one of the the world’s most expensive violins.
- The world selfishly carries on with its own concerns and barely notices the universe’s Creator, Sustainer, and Goal. The gospel is offered freely to all without distinction, and multitudes reject it. Yet they are rejecting the all-powerful King of kings.
The parallel is stunning and sobering.