However, L Z Granderson, a black writer for ESPN, said this morning during an interview on CNN, that it is a “god awful song”.
The song portrays Brad Paisley as having been an accidental racist. He didn’t think he was, but understands why some might have perceived him to be, yet resents being called a racist.
I understand this very well. After the grace of Christ conquered my life during the racial tension of the 70′s, we planted a multi-racial-church in Georgia. At one point, I placed a bumper ticker on my truck that stated, “American by birth, Southern by the Grace of God.”
Shout! I truly believed [and still do] that Sovereign Grace allowed me to be a proud Southerner. It wasn’t an issue of race, but of grace. However, someone pointed out the confederate flag in the corner and kindly shared how it might be perceived wrongly by some in the congregation. It never crossed my mind. Therefore, for loves sake, I gladly removed that which could become a stumbling block to those I was intentionally trying to reach for the cause of Christ.
Check out the song and see if you personally believe the lyrics to be “god awful” or a good faith attempt to be “grace filled.”
As for me, I believe this song will help us take a step closer toward Rebel and Yankee, Ebony and Ivory, living together in racial harmony. May it be so!