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The Battle Hymn of the Republic

April 26, 2012

“The Battle Hymn of the Republic” is an ironic and anti-climactic song to choose to end an elementary school choir performance… in The South.

Hearing the lyrics stirred some thoughts. Besides the aforementioned irony; the Hymn was essentially the official song of the Union Army during The War Between the States and kids in The South are singing it, the lyrics point to a time when Americans believed in right, wrong and God’s judgement on wickedness. 

The vast majority of Union Soldiers believed that they were the instrument of God’s vengeance on the slave owning South. This is not the attitude of Americans today. Moral Relativism rules the hearts of many people. They believe there is no absolute right or wrong, good or evil. Situations are simply based on perspective;”what’s right for you is not right for me”. In the America of today, few would have the conviction to take such a stand. Sure there are causes which people get behind, but only if it is trendy and popular. They confuse non-moral issues with moral issues of absolute truth. The greatest example of this is abortion. It is acceptable in the hearts and minds of so many to end the life of unborn people.

Americans once believed in God’s wrath. That His vengeance was the result centuries of legalized slavery. As a nation, we have the blood of an estimated 55 million aborted babies on our collective hands. Not believing in gravity doesn’t negate it’s effects. In the same way, not believing in God’s judgement will in no way make it less severe.

The Battle Hymn of the Republic

Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord:
He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored;
He hath loosed the fateful lightning of His terrible swift sword:
His truth is marching on.
(Chorus)
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
His truth is marching on.
I have seen Him in the watch-fires of a hundred circling camps,
They have builded Him an altar in the evening dews and damps;
I can read His righteous sentence by the dim and flaring lamps:
His day is marching on.
(Chorus)
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
His day is marching on.
I have read a fiery gospel writ in burnished rows of steel:
“As ye deal with my contemners, so with you my grace shall deal;
Let the Hero, born of woman, crush the serpent with his heel,
Since God is marching on.”
(Chorus)
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
Since God is marching on.
He has sounded forth the trumpet that shall never call retreat;
He is sifting out the hearts of men before His judgment-seat:
Oh, be swift, my soul, to answer Him! be jubilant, my feet!
Our God is marching on.
(Chorus)
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
Our God is marching on.
In the beauty of the lilies Christ was born across the sea,
With a glory in His bosom that transfigures you and me:
As He died to make men holy, let us die to make men free,
While God is marching on.
(Chorus)
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
While God is marching on.
He is coming like the glory of the morning on the wave,
He is Wisdom to the mighty, He is Succour to the brave,
So the world shall be His footstool, and the soul of Time His slave,
Our God is marching on.
(Chorus)
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
Our God is marching on.

 

 

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