US President Sings America’s Favourite Hymn “Amazing Grace”

Says Eric Metaxas on the Chuck Colson website, Breakpoint: ““Amazing Grace” is arguably the best-known and most-sung hymn in America—maybe the world. It has deep meaning for millions, across all races and backgrounds, and has long united and comforted our nation in times of sorrow. On any given Sunday, there are thousands of congregations singing it, even 236 years after it was published. But lately, it’s made something of a comeback—if that’s even possible for such an immortal song.

“The strains of “Amazing Grace” took on a voice few Americans were expecting late last month when President Obama visited Charleston, South Carolina, to honor the nine victims of the Emanuel AME Church shooting. After delivering a moving eulogy, Obama did something few presidents have ever done: He broke into that timeless first verse, sung with the traditional, lilting style of black gospel choirs. As he sang, a tearful crowd of clergy, parishioners, and members of the community sang along with him.”

Says Metaxas, “it is hard not to tear up watching it—especially in light of the supernatural forgiveness members of Emanuel AME Church showed Dylann Roof, the shooter who killed their friends and family just a few weeks ago.

“Whether that young man received it or not, he was offered amazing grace. And I can’t think of a more fitting tribute to the lives lost or to the God who saves wretches, than that hymn.

“I’ve got to tell you,” says Metaxas, “it is hard not to tear up watching it—especially in light of the supernatural forgiveness members of Emanuel AME Church showed Dylann Roof, the shooter who killed their friends and family just a few weeks ago.”

“Whether that young man received it or not, he was offered amazing grace. And I can’t think of a more fitting tribute to the lives lost or to the God who saves wretches, than that hymn.”

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