Before I Take A Stand by Michael McLean

In thinking about the political discourse situation, I am humbled by it all. A song I’ve written applies to these times.  More than ever before I feel rather than finding ways to debate the pros and cons of each side screaming at the other, I truly want to find peace and comfort in the One who truly gets what matters. I don’t want to be distracted from that focus, God’s focus, or rather the focus He would have me find.  ~ Raven Board Member Michael McLean

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BEFORE I TAKE A STAND

I don’t know what every soul is thinkin’

I don’t know what lies in everyone’s heart

I can’t judge but there’s an anger creepin’

Across this land and tearing us apart

There’s Blue States and Red States

High Stakes and Mistakes

And power being auctioned and sold

There’s lying and spying and

Young people dying in wars that are runnin’ both

Hot and cold

AND I KNOW I CAN’T SIT ON THE SIDELINES

I KNOW HOW MUCH I DON’T UNDERSTAND

I KNOW IN THE ABSENCE OF CLEARER GUIDELINES

I’M GONNA KNEEL BEFORE I TAKE A STAND

No matter what I hear I have to wonder

Where in between the lines can I find the truth

Once we’ve decided in advance who’s evil

It’s easy choosing what we claim is proof

The Right Wing and Left Wing are

Fighting and Screaming

Convincingly placing the blame

And answers allude us as pundits confuse us

And nobody wins at this game

AND I KNOW I CAN’T SIT ON THE SIDELINES

I KNOW HOW MUCH I DON’T UNDERSTAND

I KNOW IN THE ABSENCE OF CLEARER GUIDELINES

I’M GONNA KNEEL BEFORE I TAKE A STAND

I KNOW I CAN’T SIT ON THE SIDELINES

I KNOW HOW MUCH I DON’T UNDERSTAND

I KNOW IN THE ABSENCE OF CLEARER GUIDELINES

I’M GONNA KNEEL BEFORE I TAKE A STAND

I KNOW I CAN’T SIT ON THE SIDELINES

I KNOW HOW MUCH I DON’T UNDERSTAND

I KNOW IN THE ABSENCE OF CLEARER GUIDELINES

I’M GONNA KNEEL BEFORE I TAKE A STAND


BEFORE I TAKE A STAND words and music by Michael McLean @2008 Shining Star Music ASCAP
From the album SEE US SHINE, available for download from the Deseret Book website.

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