Sunday Worship Music: The Battle Hymn of the Republic by US Army Chorus

Since the days of King David, and surely before, military warriors have prayed for victory and divine protection. Depending on the deity being prayed to, the victory mission differs. In the Book of Psalms 18:2-3 David wrote:

The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I called to the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and I have been saved from my enemies.

U.S. Army Chorus at George W. Bush Library Dedication

U.S. Army Chorus at George W. Bush Library Dedication

In July 2013 U.S. Army Lt. Col. Kenneth Reyes, a Christian ordained chaplain serving at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, wrote an essay titled No Atheists in Foxholes, published in the Chaplain’s Corner on the base website.

This common saying is attributed to a Catholic priest in World War II, made famous when President Dwight D. Eisenhower said during a 1954 speech: “I am delighted that our veterans are sponsoring a movement to increase our awareness of God in our daily lives. In battle, they learned a great truth that there are no atheists in the foxholes.” Source

The Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) complained to the base commander and five hours later the essay was removed from the website. The removal did not satisfy the MRFF. They demanded Reyes be “punished.” The loudest voice in the MRFF is Mikey Weinstein who has said Christians are “fundamentalist monsters” wanting to impose a “reign of theocratic terror.” As we’ve learned all-to-well since September 11, 2001, his knowledge of “religions” is grossly confused.

The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislative language through three amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act of 2014 (NDAA) to protect the rights of military chaplains to speak and pray according to their faith. One of the amendments says religious speech and actions of all service members is a protected right. Barack Obama said he will veto the NDAA if the First Amendment language passes both the House and Senate. H.R. 1960 sits in the Senate today.

SEC. 529. PROTECTION OF THE RELIGIOUS FREEDOM OF MILITARY CHAPLAINS TO CLOSE A PRAYER OUTSIDE OF A RELIGIOUS SERVICE ACCORDING TO THE TRADITIONS, EXPRESSIONS, AND RELIGIOUS EXERCISES OF THE ENDORSING FAITH GROUP.

(a) United States Army- Section 3547 of title 10, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:

‘(c) If called upon to lead a prayer outside of a religious service, a chaplain shall have the prerogative to close the prayer according to the traditions, expressions, and religious exercises of the endorsing faith group.’.

(b) United States Military Academy- Section 4337 of such title is amended–

(1) by inserting ‘(a)’ before ‘There’; and

(2) by adding at the end the following new subsection:

‘(b) If called upon to lead a prayer outside of a religious service, the Chaplain shall have the prerogative to close the prayer according to the traditions, expressions, and religious exercises of the endorsing faith group.’.

(c) United States Navy and Marine Corps- Section 6031 of such title is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:

‘(d) If called upon to lead a prayer outside of a religious service, a chaplain shall have the prerogative to close the prayer according to the traditions, expressions, and religious exercises of the endorsing faith group.’.

(d) United States Air Force- Section 8547 of such title is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:

‘(c) If called upon to lead a prayer outside of a religious service, a chaplain shall have the prerogative to close the prayer according to the traditions, expressions, and religious exercises of the endorsing faith group.’.

(e) United States Air Force Academy- Section 9337 of such title is amended–

(1) by inserting ‘(a)’ before ‘There’; and

(2) by adding at the end the following new subsection:

‘(b) If called upon to lead a prayer outside of a religious service, the Chaplain shall have the prerogative to close the prayer according to the traditions, expressions, and religious exercises of the endorsing faith group.’.

In the meantime, our Christian warriors march to war with chaplains knowing their victory prayers of intercession for them make them vulnerable to losing promotions and retirement benefits, and far worse, failing at their own mission.

Julia Ward Howe wrote the lyrics to The Battle Hymn of The Republic early in a morning of 1861 as she visited war-torn Washington and watched a review of the Union troops. The new military song, John Brown’s Body was becoming the new patriotic anthem. Her minister suggested she write more appropriate lyrics to the music written in 1856 which is revered today as the battle hymn of our Republic.

In the video below, please enjoy the U.S. Army Chorus singing The Battle Hymn of the Republic at the G. W. Bush Library dedication with all former living Presidents and Barack Obama present.

Lyrics of The Battle Hymn of the Republic

Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord;
He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of
Wrath are stored;
He hath loosed the fateful lightning of His terrible
Swift sword;
His truth is marching on.

CHORUS
Glory, glory! Hallelujah!
Glory, glory! Hallelujah!
Glory, glory! Hallelujah!
His truth is marching on.

I have seen Him in the watchfires of a hundred circling
Camps;
They have building Him an altar in the evening dews and
Damps;
I can read His righteous sentence by the dim and flaring
Lamps;
His day is marching on.

CHORUS
Glory, glory! Hallelujah!
Glory, glory! Hallelujah!
Glory, glory! Hallelujah!
His day is marching on.

In the beauty of the lilies, Christ was born across the
Sea,
With a glory in His bosom that transfigures you and me;
As He died to make men holy, let us die to make men free,
While God is marching on.

CHORUS
Glory, glory! Hallelujah!
Glory, glory! Hallelujah!
Glory, glory! Hallelujah!
While God is marching on.

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Carl at GOD’S ANSWER is always Jesus is beginning a new series of study on The Holy Spirit this week. What is the “measure” we receive and is there more to come? As you have read Acts 19:1-7, probably many times, did the impact of the story of the 12 men in Ephesus really impact you, stay with you? Is it one of the Biblical stories you think of first when you think of salvation and The Holy Spirit in your life? I don’t know how many weeks this study will go forward but I encourage you to start it today and follow it through. Carl Middleton is an amazing and humble teacher who shares his thoughts with us once a week, every week and always worth a read. Read The Holy Spirit … Part I here.

The U.S. Army Chorus – The Battle Hymn of the Republic (video)

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  • God bless our brave men and women who are under attack by this corrupt regime.

  • bobmontgomery

    • bobmontgomery, thanks for this. So beautiful.

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  • Arlie

    The most Spirit filled annointing I ever received was listening to Pastor Peter Lankford and Steve Quayle on 10/30/13 on blogtalk radio via the website: http://www.homelandsecurityus.com. For 3 hours they venerated the Holy Spirit and the Higher Consciousness of the Mind.

    The first step is to repent and subdue the carnal mind so the Spirit can enter. This is gigantic in an of itself. Because the whole problem to receiving the annointing is that IT must be filtered through the mind. The second problem is patience. Be patient or blessings are lost. Good things come to those who wait..all things come by G-d’s timetable..not ours. The next problem is this must be done daily in faithfulness and obedience with discipline. Be renewed in your Mind, the Spritual Mind, NOT intellectual, NOT the physical, carnal mind. With a sound mind their is Faith and fear is diminished then healing, miracles, prophecy flows through. Righteous and Joy are Super natural, never give up. The Spirit is Holiness/Grace and the gift of Fire. As with Jacob…everything was against him, but everything G-d was doing was for Jacob’s good. The fire, baptisim of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit will give Truth to the mature believer and the more you believe, the more truth is given..Higher Faith, Stronger, Sounder, More love, More power is accelerated. “Hear, Oh Israel” is repeated 7 times in the Bible. Deut. 4:1, 5:1, 20:3, 6:3, 6:4 and in the New Covenant Mark 12:29. Shamah= Hear, Learn, Obey, Do.
    “Where the Spirit of the Lord; YHVH is, there is Liberty”.

    Peace Be With You and Peace To You.
    “Darkness shall cover the earth but Glory shall be seen around you.”

    There is a line in a song about Satan that goes, “you know the way to stop me, but you don’t have the discipline. First we take Manhattan, then we take Berlin” by Leonard Cohen, “The Future (Lyrics)” on youtube.
    This is a song of the carnal mind and hasatan the deceiver. It is chillingly current.

  • Arlie, thanks for the comment, the link and the song. I do believe we must be still and focused on holiness and the disciplinary factor, the relentless pursuit of allowing God to work through us. Great comment.