We live in America, “the land of the free and the home of the brave.” Unfortunately, those stirring words written by Francis Scott Key during the Battle of Baltimore in the War of 1812 have a totally different meaning in our day. Today, the concepts of righteousness and bravery have been divorced from the concept of freedom. Freedom and liberty are ultimately independence from sin, according to the Bible. America’s Founding Fathers knew this, and Key’s anthem explicitly and implicitly stated this.
Americans typically only sing the first stanza of the Star Spangled Banner and are thus unfamiliar with the rest of the song. Here’s what the fourth stanza says:
O thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved homes and the war’s desolation.
Blest with vict’ry and peace, may the Heav’n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation!
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