"You were taught to put away your former way of life, your old self…”—Ephesians 4:22
Musician Daryl Davis convinced 22 Klan members to quit
There is a music to change.
Daryl Davis began a simple conversation,
in a bar, between sets, playing country music.
When you talk to a stranger,
you never know what to say.
Someone must start somewhere.
When Spirit leads you,
you never know where you will end up
and who you will meet along the way.
The stranger admitted in the half-light,
he’d never had a drink with a Black man.
Daryl simply wondered, "Why?”
When Spirit opens one door,
you never know what is on the other side.
The music inside might soften you.
The stranger flatly confessed his discord:
he was a Klan member.
Daryl listened with curiosity and silence.
Daryl never intended to convert anyone.
But, as they say, time heals all wounds.
22 angry men gave up their membership.
Now, Daryl’s closet is full
of abandoned Klan robes.
Those men left not only their past behind,
but emerged into the music
of light and forgiveness.