Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Why Our Country Doesn't Like Singing Kumbaya
Did you ever hold hands and sing Kumbaya at the campfire? It may only be a distant memory. People are afraid to sing this song in public because it's not politically correct. The song traces its roots to a time in our history when our ancestors came to this country to escape persecution. Our founding fathers were not afraid to reference God in the Declaration of Independence or sing about Him in songs of worship.
Long ago, believers gathered around the campfire and sang, "come by here, Lord, come by here." The words got modified when the song was sung at campfires in Africa, led by missionaries. Now, the song may be on the endangered species list. Just like the original lyrics to Kumbaya, something changed in our culture. The original idea of separating church and state has been replaced with a new idea meant to appease the other side. Singing Kumbaya at a campfire in a public park is considered crossing the line because tax money was used to build the park. Do we need to modify the original lyrics to say "Don't come by here, Lord, Don't come by here"? Will we change history by scrubbing all references to God from our public buildings? I don't see a lot of hand holding. I wonder what our founding fathers would say if they were around today.
Oh Lord, I ask here you to come by here. Please send your Spirit upon us. Do not forsake us even as our leaders try to force you out. I invite you into my heart. May all I meet today feel your presence... Kumbaya.