The love of Jesus is the most transformative and powerful force in the world. And it’s also radical in ways the world often forgets: it is unconditional and completely nonviolent. Conscientious Objector is a stunning debut album and one man’s call to spread this good news.
The poetic, thoughtful, and gently provocative songs remind us that Christians follow the greatest conscientious objector the world has ever known. Jesus’ whole life was a conscientious objection to the way the powers that be organize the world—both during the time in which He lived and now. These songs also remind us that the first place to address violence is within ourselves.
A skilled and gifted lyricist, Blair Pettyjohn has a voice of strength and clarity. He takes on difficult issues of discrimination, war, and the death penalty with tenderness and passion. For more than eight years, Blair was unable to play his guitar because of a hand condition. Today, the simplicity of his music—one voice, one guitar—leaves a lasting memory on the heart.
The son of a Presbyterian minister and the grandson of a Methodist minister, Blair has been involved in issues of peace and nonviolence for more than 25 years. He is a co-founder of Ahimsa Christi, a peace and nonviolence group in the Washington, DC area. Music is but one natural overflow of this call in Blair’s life.