Nonviolence: We Shall Overcome

Nonviolent movements sing their way forward.  Not insignificantly, angels sang when Jesus was born.  In the civil rights movement,  no song better captures the essence of nonviolence than “We Shall Overcome.”  I end this series on nonviolence with the lyrics of this song…

1.
We shall overcome
We shall overcome
We shall overcome some day

CHORUS:
     Oh, deep in my heart
     I do believe
     We shall overcome some day

2.
We’ll walk hand in hand
We’ll walk hand in hand
We’ll walk hand in hand some day

CHORUS

3.
We shall all be free
We shall all be free
We shall all be free some day

CHORUS

4.
We are not afraid
We are not afraid
We are not afraid some day

CHORUS

5.
We are not alone
We are not alone
We are not alone some day

CHORUS

6.
The whole wide world around
The whole wide world around
The whole wide world around some day

CHORUS

7.
We shall overcome
We shall overcome
We shall overcome some day

CHORUS

Interestingly, this song is closely connected with every Christmas Day and with what was going on at Bethlehem originally, where a baby was born as a sign that the ways of God “shall overcome some day.” It is in Christ where everything we have explored about nonviolence is incarnate, and where everything we have said about nonviolence is assured.

About jstevenharper

Retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 31 books.
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One Response to Nonviolence: We Shall Overcome

  1. Bob and Sue Brady says:

    It would be nice to see violence come to an end, but in this society probably not. It was so nice to see you and Jeannie yesterday. I assume you do not go to FUMCO any longer. You should come one time and hear the two new preachers…they are wonderful together. our new one Pastor Brian and Pastor Joseph, whom you probably already know. Love to you and Jeannie and Happy New Year!

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