God has been good to men. He gave
His Only Son their souls to save,
And then he made a second gift,
Which from their dreary lives should lift
The tyrant's yoke and set them free
From all who'd throttle liberty.
He gave America to men —
Fashioned this land we love, and then
Deep in her forest sowed the seed
Which was to serve man's earthly need.
The award winning movie, The Blind Side is based on a chapter in the life of Michael Oher, offensive tackle for the Baltimore Ravens football team. The son of a single mother trapped in the prison of addiction, Oher was left to fend for himself as a teenager and eventually became homeless. Enter Leigh Anne Tuohy, a privileged and opinionated White southern Republican, who was so moved to compassion that she “adopted” the socially disadvantaged descendant of African slaves into her family.
Our multi-cultural age is entangled in complex ideologies that are as diverse as there are people on the planet. In our shrinking world where today’s plane has eclipsed yesterday’s train, ethnic demographics once thought impenetrable have been altered by rapid rates of migration. Here in America, many immigrants tenaciously cling to their ancestral faith as they exhibit a religious obstinance akin to the first European settlers who shunned the spiritual practices of the tribal nations.
It appears as if some talented writers of contemporary Christian songs need a little help from theologians and etymologists when penning odes of love to Divinity. This is especially true for the influential Praise and Worship movement that has been successful in mastering the art of musical manipulation and has driven the emotional depth of the worship experience to a new dimension.