Out of the Mouths of Babes …

On the way home from the harvest party tonight we were listening to Casting Crowns and the song While You Were Sleeping came on. It’s about how Jesus came into the world while Bethlehem (verse 1) and then Jerusalem (verse 2) slept and missed the savior. Each verse ends with the phrase “you will go down in history / As a city with no room for its King” and the girls wanted to know what that meant, so I explained how it meant that they would be remembered for missing Jesus.
Verse 3 is directed to America:

United States of America
Looks like another silent night
As we’re sung to sleep by philosophies
That save the trees and kill the children
And while we’re lying in the dark
There’s a shout heard ‘cross the eastern sky
For the Bridegroom has returned
And has carried His bride away in the night, in the night
America, what will we miss while we are sleeping
Will Jesus come again
And leave us slumbering where we lay
America, will we go down in history
As a nation with no room for its King
Will we be sleeping
Will we be sleeping

They didn’t understand why it now spoke to America, which I can understand. After all, Jesus never came here at all. I explained that the writer saw in America a lot of things that weren’t what God wanted, America wasn’t following God or obeying His commands.
To which Audrey (9) blurted out, emphatically:

Well, we’ve gotta stop it!

I wish the written word could convey her tone. It was not a judgmental decree for the righteous to stand against the evil ones. Instead it was the simple declaration of a child that if we’re not following God, well, we should just stop it!
Yep.

2 thoughts on “Out of the Mouths of Babes …

  1. United States of America
    Looks like another silent night
    As we’re sung to sleep by philosophies
    That save the trees and kill the children

    What a poignant verse! And what a profound comment from Audrey. Indeed we do have to stop it.

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