God bless… the entire world!

In the spirit of Independence Day and all things free and patriotic, I offer you some song lyrics by one of my favorite Christian bands to ever exist, Five Iron Frenzy.

The song is called Anthem:

A nation stands with heart in hand
To sing their anthem proudly
Voices raised to sing their praise
Of their hollow country
All this talk of freedom
And some talk of liberty
From your plastic podium
You try and convince me
I can’t fall anymore
For some silver-tongued song
Your freedom isn’t free
So let me say what freedom means to
I can’s see red, white, and blue waving in the air
I don’t hear the bombs bursting and I don’t even care
I’m sorry for my lack of faith
I’m not the greatest patriot
If this is all their is to freedom I don’t want it
I can’t fall anymore
For some silver-tongued song
Your freedom isn’t free

So let me say what freedom means to
Pushing us a drug that you call freedom and democracy
Promise us that selfishness is the means for happiness
I burned that bridge so long ago that I can hardly see
Anything but solace in what freedom means to me
I can’t fall anymore
For some silver-tongued song
Freedom isn’t free
So let me say what freedom means to
It cannot mean to serve ourselves
That doesn’t mean a thing
It doesn’t mean to give the license
To seek ourselves in anything
That would be slavery to ourselves it isn’t free
Jesus Christ, the only thing that freedom means to me.

 

When I was in college I was blessed to hear one of the most radical and bold peacemakers ever speak, Coleman McCarthy. I still remember what he said: “A great sin of our nation is that we equate the flag with the cross and ask our young people to choose between the two.No one should ever be forced to choose country over God.”

Let us never forget, especially during this time of war and during this great election year, that nationalism and borders divide us.Let’s maintain that God and the cross is our unity.

I don’t think we need to pray “God bless America” anymore. It’s time for us to care about the rest of the world.

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2 thoughts on “God bless… the entire world!

  1. Hey, did anyone hear about the woman who was asked to sing the national anthem at a meeting, and sang the “black national anthem” instead? Well, people got pretty upset about it, not so much about the words (they say…) but that she didnt do what they had asked her to do. She said it was artistic expression for her as a black woman in the U.S. I pasted it below so you can see the words if you’re interested.

    I thought it was great although I didn’t like the shock value attempt. But I don’t have a problem usually flowing with a change of course and often appreciate the freshness of change. I probably would have suggested it to people ahead of time (although I bet the singer knew she would be turned down because of ‘those darn politics, sorry’) and not have the opportunity clouded by the shock value effect. You know how people can get about rules for rules’ sake, not even knowing what the reason behind the rule is. Anyone else have thoughts on this?

    Lift ev’ry voice and sing,
    Till earth and heaven ring.
    Ring with the harmonies of Liberty;
    Let our rejoicing rise,
    High as the list’ning skies,
    Let it resound loud as the rolling sea.
    Sing a song full of the faith that the dark past has taught us,
    Sing a song full of the hope that the present has brought us;
    Facing the rising sun of our new day begun,
    Let us march on till victory is won.

    Stony the road we trod,
    Bitter the chast’ning rod,
    Felt in the days when hope unborn had died;
    Yet with a steady beat,
    Have not our weary feet,
    Come to the place for which our fathers sighed?
    We have come over a way that with tears has been watered,
    We have come, treading our path through the blood of the slaughtered,
    Out from the gloomy past,
    Till now we stand at last
    Where the white gleam of our bright star is cast.

    God of our weary years,
    God of our silent tears,
    Thou who has brought us thus far on the way;
    Thou who has by Thy might,
    Led us into the light,
    Keep us forever in the path, we pray.
    Lest our feet stray from the places, our God, where we met Thee,
    Lest our hearts, drunk with the wine of the world, we forget Thee,
    Shadowed beneath thy hand,
    May we forever stand,
    True to our God,
    True to our native land. James Weldon Johnson

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