“Am I Free … ?”

Am I Free …?  is a new song written, on invitation, and in response to the freedom of speech / freedom from discrimination debate currently rife in my country of Australia and indeed around the world.  When and where and why should a person of faith be able to share in the public space (including social media) what they believe … without fear of repercussion and sanction. The rugby-playing fate of Christian Wallaby Israel Folau brought this to a head and informs much of my musing in this song.

But more than that … how can we be a more tolerant, compassionate, listening, empathetic and dialoguing society?  How can our debate be characterised by love and mutual respect, especially for the neighbour … the one who is different in whatever way from us?

The level of what for me is clear partisanship by some Christian friends in and around the recent Australian federal election also connect with this.   Can we see the potential and intent in the other’s position as not inherently bad?  How can we be as one, without seemingly demonising the other point of view.

leadsheet  lyrics    mp3 vocal [Am]

Am I free to share my faith
while another’s pained, defaced;
best intentions left disgraced?
Where have we come?
What’s the world we dare to be?
What’s it mean: “diversity”?
How be kind, yet disagree
responsibly?

Love is patient
Love is kind
Keeps our neighbour close, in mind
Seeks always for common ground
Believes that hope can still be found
O where, O where, O where … is love?

Come, lets search: what’s fair and just
Care for all: a right, a must
Sharing tolerance and trust
All safe to be
Time to find some space for grace
Look into one’s heart, one’s face
Fear one day, we pray replaced
transformed by love

Love is patient …

May love always triumph law
All we say build up, restore
Point to the One who offers more.
whose heart is Love;

Love is patient

David MacGregor © 2019 Willow Publishing

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