Whether It Is Right (Andy Robison--a choral work)

In Acts 4 and 5, the apostles Peter and John appear before the council. The council demanded that they stop preaching in the name of Jesus. Their response was poignant for all generations of Christians who face persecution over holding to the principles of Christianity: "Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you more than to God, you judge. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard" (Acts 4:19-20). This choral work is a setting of that text and idea.