Analyzing “Amazing Grace”

8 Apr

“Amazing Grace” is considered to be a Christian hymn written by an English man named John Newton. The song was published in 1779, John Newton was a previous slave holder who later begin to realize that slave trading and slavery overall was wrong after his life took a tragic turn. When Newton realized that there was a God he began to change his ways and put his life together. As Newton was put through freight he called out for the mercy of God, this then lead him to his spiritual conversion. He never practiced any other religion throughout the years but found out that he could save his life. “Amazing Grace” was written with a deep message in which explains that forgiveness is always possible no matter what sins you have committed. Our God is a forgiving God. The message he is trying to send out to all people of all race and color is that the soul definitely can be delivered and also forgave. The song is recognized all over the world rather in black churches or in white churches.

The song became traditional over the years. During the 20th century the song became very popular and appeared on a lot of music charts. I came to the realization that a lot of people sing this song without knowing the true meaning to it. When people found out that a white man wrote this song they sort of took it out of their churches and lives. Although Newton was a white man he wrote the words of the song through personal experience. So does this mean that it is wrong for African Americans to sing this song written by a previous slave trader? Everyone goes through trials and tribulations and God will forgive everyone for their sins, so this does not mean that we have to hold Newton’s sins against him although he was wrong. The song is used in churches to be set as a testimony when someone has done wrong and wants to give their life to the Lord. In Newton’s lyrics he states: “Through many dangers, toils and snares I have already come; ‘Tis Grace that brought me safe thus far and Grace will lead me home.” This shows us all that by the Grace of God he will always lead us home no matter what the case may be.

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2 Responses to “Analyzing “Amazing Grace””

  1. tyeshaa April 14, 2011 at 4:50 am #

    Overall I really enjoyed your blog. I never knew allthe background information you shared so I liked that. The only problems I saw were when you spoke on how Newton would be forgiven for his sins. I think that, even though this is a religion based song, that was slightly off topic. I felt like you could have described the backlash Newton felt when he went public with his testemonial song. It was a really great blog and I liked the quoted material from the song that you added.

  2. aunderwood May 4, 2011 at 11:14 pm #

    I agree. It is a terrific blog and you not only explain the historical context but you discuss why the song continues to inspire. Good job.

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