1. We've a story to tell to the nations,
that shall turn their hearts to the right,
a story of truth and mercy,
a story of peace and light,
a story of peace and light.
For the darkness shall turn to dawning,
and the dawning to noonday bright;
and Christ's great kingdom shall come on earth,
the kingdom of love and light.
2. We've a song to be sung to the nations,
that shall lift their hearts to the Lord,
a song that shall conquer evil
and shatter the spear and sword,
and shatter the spear and sword.
3. We've a message to give to the nations,
that the Lord who reigneth above
hath sent us his Son to save us,
and show us that God is love,
and show us that God is love.
4. We've a Savior to show to the nations,
who the path of sorrow hath trod,
that all of the world's great peoples
might come to the truth of God,
might come to the truth of God.
I first encountered this song while on a short-term mission trip to Japan. I learned it from the American Christians I was with. I had never heard this hymn in England before. I suppose it does have a rather AMerican revivalistic flavour. I liked it, but I quickly realised that the lyrics were advocating a Postmillennial eschatology, seeing the establishment of Christ's kingdom in the preaching of the Gospel, rather than the personal second coming of Christ. The Americans I was with also admitted the hymn was out of sync with their own Premillennialism. I decided as a staunch Premillennialist that I could not sing it in good conscience.
I have now come to hold to a Postmillennial eschatology and feel that this hymn reflects my beliefs. As this is the solemnity of Christ the King, this is probably a good hymn to sing. Let us celebrate the proclamation of Christ's Kingdom!