Casting Crowns – While You Were Sleeping

From 2005, contemporary Christian artists Casting Crowns had an unusually wordy (for a worship song) ballad about complacency. Of course, the religious message is to make people reflect upon being busy with other things, and even not awake, during momentous events for Christians. It calls for a revival with action.

Part of one verse has a chilling lyric:

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

This is mostly likely about abortion with a pro-life message; that to the artists it appears we exert much energy toward protecting forests while unborn children are aborted. It is hauntingly sung, adding persuasive force: a tree is a tree, but a human life, well!

It often is the case in politics that trade-offs are involved in making decisions. And that policy in one area often cannot be policy in another.

Now, abortion and trees may be apples and oranges. More comparable than environmentalism and abortion could be saving trees versus supporting the forest industry. Or protecting a woman’s right to choose versus protecting a viable fetus.

No wonder that elected representatives feign choosing sides when no matter what, many will be disappointed. It is for this reason that complex and controversial social issues are often left to be decided by the courts.


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