We had to write a lament for class the other night about America. Anyway, when we got to class, Dr. Loken asked for us to read them to the class. I’m pretty comfortable getting in front of people and preaching or doing music or whatever, but for some reason, I wasn’t very comfortable with this. Anyway, I just told myself, to get over it and do what needed to be done. Some of the other people had really good ones, which made me even more nervous, but I just jumped up and did it anyway.
Here’s what I read:
Once soaring across the sky,
It’s wings now clipped, the bald eagle cries.
Once flying in freedom and majesty,
Now grounded by sin. What a tragedy.
The American dream, it doesn’t make sense.
Two and a half kids and a white picket fence.
Is that all we want? All we imagine and desire?
What about God? Aren’t His dreams much higher?
We sing “Land of the free and home of the brave,”
We fought for freedom to worship, but use it to misbehave.
I don’t see bravery at all anymore,
Except when it’s sin that we’re standing for.
We have an American idol who’ll be famous and rich,
But he’s not what our forefathers dreamed of as they sailed from the Brits.
We celebrate independence on the fourth of July.
But what of dependence on God that we deny?
On all of our money it says “In God we trust”
But it’s for money itself that our citizens lust.
We’re proud of our government – the world’s largest democracy,
But it’s turned out to be nothing but hypocrisy.
America the beautiful, that’s what they say,
But that beauty will fade, when God we betray.
Our wings have been clipped by our sin with a sting.
But if we wait on the Lord, we’ll rise up on Eagle’s wings.
In the end, I’d say it went pretty well. Don’t know if it’s really something I’d say I was real proud of, but it was certainly a beginning for me.