Some Songs Matter – ‘Hymn for the 81%’ : Duane W.H. Arnold, PhD
Some Songs Matter – ‘Hymn for the 81%’
It started off slow. A little over a week ago, my friend, Glenn Kaiser, sent me the YouTube link for a just released song. Fellow hoosier, Daniel Dietrich, had just released, ‘Hymn for the 81%’. After hearing the song, I immediately sent it along to Michael Newnham and a number of other friends and collaborators. At the time, it had a few hundred views. In the course of the last week, the song has gone viral and is now approaching half a million views.
While the song takes a point of view concerning the present state of evangelicalism, it does so not so much with anger, but with sadness. It’s worth a listen and its message is worth considering. What stands out to me is that we cannot take the values of the gospel and slip them in our back pocket when it comes to politics. We cannot simply say that the end justifies the means. What we might want to see happen in society cannot be divorced from the ways in which we reach those goals.
Coercion is not a gospel value; nor is bullying or dishonesty; nor is putting children in cages or breaking up families. We can argue about tax cuts and in good faith have divergent views. On other matters, however, it is more difficult because they touch upon the most basic tenets of Christian faith and practice.
So, I hope you have a listen. Maybe you’ll be angry or, like me, maybe you’ll be sad. Regardless, it will be worth a few minutes of your time.