Just a little common sense

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!

 

 

14 Responses to “Just a little common sense”

  1. roy warmath Says:

    Don’t you just love it when decent people demonstrate their love for God and Jesus by showing this judge he cannot stop Christians from exercising their freedom of speech.

  2. Vernona Says:

    I applaud those who sang. Yes, God won!

  3. Linda S. Fortner Says:

    I was raised in church an the old time songs i love an we did the flag an also had prayer in school somebody better get this old world on the right tract as i’m sure the gov. doesn’t give a hoot as there hands are in too many pockets.

  4. bibleteacherorg Says:

    Reblogged this on bibleteacherorg.

  5. Beverly Blackard Says:

    Yay, God! Thank you to all the Christians who stood up in face of adversity. God knew what would happen before it did. He was not surprised at the band not playing, but was mighty proud of each person who voiced their belief in song. Thank you.

  6. charlie anderson Says:

    great job by great people

  7. bud Says:

    Interesting twist to an argument from many years ago. Martin Luther was attacked and persecuted because he used an old “Pub” or “Drinking” tunes when he composed some of his hymns. He was criticized by both sides but now some apparently think of them primarily as Christian songs, I live in SE Asia and hear remakes of popular Rock songs here, but the people here think it is new music. I hear the Original song but they do not.

    Education is critical, especially for judges. It is a very dangerous situation when Judges do not understand or know history and are driven instead by the winds of political correctness.

  8. bud Says:

    So I really do not know anything about the history of specific music pieces, I just “googled ” the song and an amazing amount of history appeared, and as I suspected, this tune has had several different names in the past. Perhaps it is better to be wise as serpents and fight the political correctness of ignorance with some scholarship.. Play the tune by its original name and everyone will be happy. Below is copied from the internet.
    “The tune is similar to the tune of the Horst-Wessel-Lied though neither copied the other. Both copied traditional Northern European folk music. Numerous musicologists [15] have pointed out that the metrical pattern and chord progressions of “O Store Gud” are similar to those of the “Horst Wessel Lied” (first line “Die Fahne hoch”); see also the section “Songs with the same or similar melodies to the HWL melody” in George Boderick, “The Horst-Wessel-Lied: A Reappraisal,” International Folklore Review 10 (1995), 100-127, available online here [4][dead link]; Boderick’s scholarly analysis declines to list O STORE GUD among the kindred tunes of “Horst Wessel Lied.”

  9. Virginia Rye Says:

    I am thankful for those who started singing this great song of our Christian faith. This judge could not keep this song from being sung and probably made more of an impact than it being played. May we continue to pray for and do what we can to tell others about our Great Savior.

  10. Davis McCutchen Says:

    I have always heard that Common Sense is same as Horse Sense, since the number of horses has dwindled over the years, I suppose it’s logical that Horse sense has also dwindled. Prayerfully we can begin to take back the freedom to practice our Christian religion.

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