Adam Hall felt inspired to make a few changes. The music minister at the Burlington, Vermont First United Methodist Church, in a spurt of inspiration changed the lyrics to the 1984 song God Bless The USA to God Forgive The USA. He sang the song on Sunday for the first time. Many loved the knew words, while others were critical.
Hall didn't mean to disrespect the original version performed by Lee Greenwood, but felt:
...inspired by a power greater than myself, so I scrapped the anthem I had planned and created this new version.
It takes the original song's bravado and bluster and turns it into humility and reflection," he said, "but not in a disrespectful way, I hope.
Many folks approached Hall after the service to ask for a copy of the lyrics. The church decided to upload the performance to YouTube so the congregation can listen as often as they like.
Hall understands the lyric changes have effected people differently. He says:
Some are very offended by the song, and others feel it expresses how they are feeling today. What I hope people take away from the song is our need for corporate confession and forgiveness, but also the deep love and respect for our country that is also expressed.
You can read the lyrics in the video below.
“Some are very offended by the song, and others feel it expresses how they are feeling today.” https://t.co/Q1zHmuM7hh— HuffPost Politics (@HuffPost Politics)1530800355.0
Some liked the new version.
@HuffPostPol This is an improvement over the original, prideful version. We boast about being Americans as if we ch… https://t.co/yR6OnQ5csC— Nuanced Thinker (@Nuanced Thinker)1530801773.0
@HuffPostPol I would LOVE TO HEAR IT! PLEASE GET THAT ON THE AIR!IT DEFINITELY WOULD GO VIRAL!!!!— Debra L. Brown born (@Debra L. Brown born)1530801715.0
I'm not even religious. I don't like organized religion. But this... this made me sob... Thank you for the courage… https://t.co/TPQwFe1mUC— Nicole (@Nicole)1530821415.0
If I were a Christian, this would top my playlist. This guy is brave, but I doubt if his fellow Christians will fin… https://t.co/eFWzgldG8j— Darrel W. Ray (@Darrel W. Ray)1530796508.0
Absolutely beautiful and needed so very much in our country. White Christians humbly asking forgiveness for our nat… https://t.co/lSPECPVPJx— 💙🗽Zeno Zora🕊🌹 (@💙🗽Zeno Zora🕊🌹)1530837169.0
Others felt it was blasphemy!
@HuffPostPol What God is he talking about ???? Better yet Ask Almighty God to save your wretched souls ...— Gary Blount (@Gary Blount)1530802737.0
@HuffPost This minister can go live somewhere else too.— Deborah M. Truscello (@Deborah M. Truscello)1530778502.0
H/T: Huffington Post