Over the years I have bemoaned the fact that plain common sense is on the verge of extinction.
I keep hoping it will be revived, but a lack of common sense actually seems to be getting worse. And it’s no respecter of age, race, education, etc. The most intelligent of human beings can literally have no common sense.
The latest example is a judge who ruled that the band at Brandon High School in Mississippi could not participate in their high school’s Friday night games because their performance included the song “How Great Thou Art.”
Keep in mind the band plays music only, no words.
I can’t help but wonder how many people at the game would know what was being played, much less its significance. I confess. I am a music illiterate. If I played the old game “Name that Tune,” I would be embarrassed. I would like to think I would pick out “How Great Thou Art” because I was reared in church, but I am not 100 percent sure I would get it right on the first guess. If I had trouble, I can’t help but think those who aren’t as familiar with Christian songs would have trouble as well.
Here’s where some good old-fashioned common sense would have been useful. The judge ruled that the band couldn’t play “How Great Thou Art” because administrators, teachers, and staff in Brandon County are prohibited from sponsoring prayer and religious activities.
A song without words that most people likely would not identify hardly counts as a “religious activity” in my book.
Click on the link above to read some of the comments people have written.
One is the standard argument that is always used against Christians. If the band had been playing a Muslim song the Christian community would have been in an uproar. This Christian would not have been because I would not have had a clue of the song’s origination.
Here’s another example to illustrate the difficulty of identifying music without words. If I asked how many of you are familiar with Gioachino Rossini’s “William Tell Overture,” you probably would look at me with a blank stare. If I asked you if you have heard the theme song of the TV Show, “The Lone Ranger,” you probably would answer in the affirmative. The two are the one and the same.
Now, the story has garnered national attention and people are talking about it. Had the judge exercised some common sense and allowed the band to perform, I doubt it would have been a blip on the radar screen.
It’s yet another growing example of our freedoms slowly eroding.
Some good out of a bad situation actually took place at that first game. I applaud the parents of the band and probably others who stood up spontaneously at half-time and began singing “How Great Thou Art.” Watch the video on YouTube. It is a blessing to see Christians unashamed to take a stand. The judge didn’t want the music played, yet God won as He always does. The words of “How Great Thou Art” are a powerful witness.
May we all be so bold!