An Indiana worship leader has penned and published a song condemning the 81 percent of white evangelicals who voted for Donald Trump during the 2016 Election.
South Bend City Church worship leader Daniel Dietrich released his song “Hymn for the 81%” on YouTube at the beginning of the year stating, “In 2016, 81% of white evangelical Christians voted for Donald Trump after (among other things) hearing an audio recording of him bragging about sexually assaulting women.”
Dietrich is bothered to the core with how evangelicals have rallied behind President Trump despite his behavior and moral failings in the past. He is also concerned with Trump’s treatment of immigrants and refugees that have sought a new life in the United States.
“I was raised in the evangelical world and was taught to take the words of Jesus seriously: Love God, love your neighbor, feed the hungry, fight against injustice,” he said.
“This song might ruffle some feathers, but maybe some feathers need to be ruffled. This song is a lament. It’s a loving rebuke. It’s a plea for the 81%, to come home to the way of Jesus.”
At the beginning of the second verse, Dietrich explicitly calls out the treatment of children and their families:
“They started putting kids in cages, ripping mothers from their babies. And I looked to you to speak on their behalf. But all I heard was silence or worse, you justify it singing glory hallelujah, raise the flag.”
The chorus chimes in with, “You said to love the lost, so I’m loving you now. You said to speak the truth, so I’m calling you out. Why don’t you live the words that you put in my mouth? May love overcome and justice roll down?”
Dietrich’s song has received praise as well as criticism over its lyrics and what some consider “virtue signaling.”
Those who commend Dietrich for his “loving rebuke” have said things such as:
Others have called Dietrich out for his lack of “fact-checking” and liberal agenda saying:
The YouTube video, including lyrics, can be watched here.