Even with America at risk of imploding economically and spiritually, a New York City elementary school principal doesn’t even want children singing about God blessing our country. “A controversial Coney Island principal has pulled the plug on patriotism,” reports the New York Post. “Her refusal to let students sing ‘God Bless the USA’ at their graduation has sparked fireworks at a school filled with proud immigrants. Greta Hawkins, principal of PS 90, the Edna Cohen School, won’t allow kindergartners to belt out the beloved Lee Greenwood ballad, also known as ‘Proud to be an American,’ at their moving-up ceremony. Five classes spent months learning the patriotic song, which skyrocketed in popularity after the 9/11 attacks and the 2003 invasion of Iraq. It was to be the rousing finale of their musical show at the June 20 commencement. The kids, dressed up for their big day, would wave tiny American flags — which, as the lyrics proclaim, ‘still stand for freedom.’ But Hawkins marched in on a recent rehearsal and ordered a CD playing the anthem to be shut off, staffers said. She told the teachers to drop the song from the program. ‘We don’t want to offend other cultures,’ they quoted her as explaining.” Lee Greenwood told the Los Angeles Times: “I wrote ‘God Bless the USA’ about the love I have for this country and the struggle we have gone through to remain free. Our country was founded on the principle that it welcomes people of all cultures and gives them the same rights we have as citizens. However, I feel compelled to echo the faith of our forefathers, who all believed in God and a respect of a higher authority. Personally, denying the children of PS 90 to sing ‘God Bless the USA’ offends me as a Christian. My song is about hope, faith, spirit and pride. How could that be wrong on any level?”
Actually, we need not to simply sing about God blessing the USA. We urgently need to pray, fast and plead with Jesus Christ to unleash a spiritual revival so sweeping it would become known as a Third Great Awakening. The Bible verse on my heart in this regard these days is from 2 Chronicles 7:14, “If My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” This is what Implosion is all about. That we’re in very serious trouble as a country, and our only hope is the transforming power of Jesus Christ. This is what we’ll be discussing during the Implosion Simulcast on Saturday. I hope you’ll register to join us — and please email, Tweet or Facebook me the questions you’d like me to answer during the Q&A session of the simulcast.
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