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A Common Song that Unites

In this day and age of politics, negative stories seem to get the most attention. Clips, sound bytes and videos go viral daily, played over and over again on cable news and social media. Like a well funded smear campaign, lives, relationships and reputations can be permanently ruined, with some people never able to recover. Perhaps, it’s time to turn the page by finding a common song that unites rather than divides and destroy.

“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has ost its taste (purpose), how can it be made salty? It is no longer good for anything, but to be thrown out and walked on by people [when the walkways are wet and slippery], Matthew 5:13.

Back in 1984, Bruce Springsteen’s album Born in the USA inspired a spirit of patriotism. Upon hearing this single, Born in the USA seemed to galvanize individuals born in the United States of America. This song became more than just a series of concerts. Rather, the lyrics and chorus instilled a sense of pride among natural born citizens. Thirty five years later, modern progressives deem the message within Born in the USA as bigoted, racist and unfair. Thus, Born in the USA is now disqualified from the category of a common song that unites Americans based upon progressive logic.

“You are the light of [Christ to] the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; 15 nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good deeds and moral excellence, and [recognize and honor and] glorify your Father who is in heaven, Matthew 5:14-16.

After listening to a series of songs on You Tube last night, I think I have found one worthy which meets this criteria. In 2011, Casting Crowns released A City on the Hill on their Come to the Well album. The lyrics refer to several different classes within society. Dancers, elders, rich, poor, poets, soldiers and the young are referenced. Initially, each are disconnected, going their own way due to numerous differences. However, the song ends with a positive transition, focusing on how segments of the population feed off of one another. When residents of a city on a hill emulate the teachings of Jesus, faith becomes the rhythm that unites neighborhoods.

by Jay Mankus

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