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"Not Against Flesh and Blood" - 13th Sunday After Pentecost - August 8, 2021

Updated: Aug 25, 2021

“Not Against Flesh and Blood”

Sermon for the Thirteenth Sunday After Pentecost (16B) - 2021

E. Courtney Jones

St. Andrew’s Amarillo

For a black Blues musician, Daryl Davis owns an inordinate amount of Klan robes. He doesn’t like, buy them off of Etsy or something - no - his robes were all gifts. Specifically, his collection of robes comes from the former Klansmen that he has befriended , who, after getting to know Daryl find themselves unable to continue in the Klan.

It all started when he was 25. Daryl’s band had gotten a gig at a little bar in Maryland. Unbeknownst to the band, the bar was frequented by white supremacists. After the set, one of the men in the room told Daryl that he’d never heard a black man play like Jerry Lee Lewis - to which Daryl replied “Well, where do you think Jerry learned to play like that?” The two men sat down at the bar to have a drink together. The white man said to Daryl, “You know, this is the first time I’ve ever sat down with a black man.” And Daryl was kind of shocked, because this guy was probably in his 40s. He asked “Well, why is that?” The guy was hesitant, but ultimately admitted that he was a member of the Ku Klux Klan. Daryl thought that the guy was kidding, until the older man produced his official KKK member card. Daryl stayed calm, continued conversing with the guy, and when the evening wound down, the older man asked Daryl to call him anytime the band was going to be in town.

The guy ended up coming to a bunch of Daryl’s shows, and eventually the pair became friends. As a result of their friendship the older man quit the Klan and gave Daryl his robes as a gift.

Since that time, as many as 200 Klan resignations have been attributed to the influence of Daryl Davis.

When asked how Daryl was able to befriend people who hated him without even knowing him he said