I committed an act of civil disobedience the other night.
OK, so it wasn’t quite an act of civil disobedience—but the way things are going, it certainly could become one soon. Depending on the state one lives in it may be one already, for singing is a condemned activity in the COVID era.
Regardless, I was amazed at how cathartic singing was. I shouldn’t have been surprised, for singing offers not only physical and mental benefits, but moral and emotional ones as well.
It’s likely that some of the uplift my family and I received from our songfest was related to these scientific benefits, but I would guess that much of it was also related to these songs’ words.
For starters, many were militant, refusing to give up the fight for what is right and true, encouraging singers to give themselves selflessly for the country they love. They also recalled historical incidents important to our nation’s birth and survival, such as the arrival of our Pilgrim forefathers, while also reveling in the freedom we have long enjoyed.
“America! America! God mend thine every flaw, Confirm thy soul in self-control, Thy liberty in law!”Heaven knows our nation has many flaws, one of which is the lack of self-control demonstrated by the lawless abandon in our city streets. Yet, despite how bleak we may feel the outlook is, we still have recourse to cry out to God for His aid in a hopeless, messy situation.
My voice was hoarse by the time we finished, but my spirits were lifted and I felt ready to face whatever comes next.
Unfortunately, I’m not the only one wrestling with being a bit down these days, which is why I tell you about my little act of civil disobedience and encourage you to indulge in the same.
The ideals upon which America was founded are now forgotten by many. Yet, these same ideals are buried in these songs of patriotism and faith. By singing these songs, we instill the truths contained in their words in our hearts. We learn once again to have faith in God, to gather and build community within our own families, and to delight in the blessings of living in a country with a wonderful history and heritage.
That, my friends, is a little bit of homestyle civil disobedience which any American should be able to get behind.