Ring My Bell

Music HighwayMany US citizens will soon celebrate the birthday of America. Firecrackers will be popping and crackling pounding sonic waves through neighborhoods. The accustomed peace of the day will often be abruptly shattered.

Many animal lovers, (of dogs especially), will once again have to endure these sudden loud outbursts striking their pets’ sensitive ears. Much barking and groaning by citizens, not only
by dogs, will follow afterwards.

Despite all that, because of all the Fourth of July
celebrations occurring in many communities, I
wonder how many people will remember to take
into account the liberties they enjoy.

I, at times, try to imagine how others in the
past have deeply valued their freedoms.

One example is the Liberty Bell. I remember visiting
Philadelphia, PA and actually looking at it. It was a fairly
large bell and had a crack along the side of it.

The Liberty Bell

What is so special about this bell? Why do so many thousands, if not millions, of tourists visit it?

In my opinion, it is what the bell says on it when it was made that provides one of the biggest reasons.

It was cast around 1752 and contains the Bible verse:

Proclaim LIBERTY Throughout all the Land unto all the Inhabitants Thereof. 
(Leviticus 25:10)

This bell, therefore, is a symbol for liberty. It was first treasured by the newly independent US citizens after the Revolutionary War.

It was later heavily referred by the abolitionists who wanted to end slavery in the land.

Then it became a rallying centerpiece during the Woman’s Suffrage movement where women wanted their voice heard in the governance of the nation.

Its symbol rang clear during the Civil Rights Movement alongside Martin Luther King in the South during the 1960s.

Let me now ask: Does this Liberty Bell symbolically apply to us Christians today? Well, I believe it does. How? Its verse, again referring to Leviticus 25:10, rings very much like the gospel we are to proclaim to the world as a witness (Matthew 24:14 NKJV).

Reverse side of the Ben Franklin half dollar. Minted:1948 – 1963

True, our spiritual “Liberty Bell” is not made of cast iron or any other metal. But the “bell” we Christians use – and have used –  is prayer.

How can we ring this bell? By approaching God with our minds, hearts, and voices starting with “Father, God in heaven…”

By chiming a conversation with, “My Lord, Jesus. Blessed be your name…” we are ringing the bell of freedom we have in Christ.

Prayer is God’s bell you can use at any hour of the day.

The YouTube video song below, Ring My Bell, is NOT one I would recommend you Christian guys/ladies sing to your girlfriends/boyfriends outside the marriage union. Singing its possible suggestive message (not about a doorbell) to strangers is just asking for trouble! Be wise and safe, brothers and sisters!

However, this song is the song God is singing to you all the time. Because He wants you to seek Him always, you can always ring His bell, again which is prayer. God will never be absent when you call on Him. He is always “behind His desk” so to speak; watching and waiting to respond to you.

Again, He will be there when you call on Him. He will not be missing for action; not gone away on vacation. Just ring His bell by praying. He will be listening. As a matter of fact, He has been listening to all of your thoughts all along.

Nevertheless, ring a call to God by praying to Him anytime, anywhere – morning, noon, midnight, twilight! Whenever!  Just ring it, ring it, ring it, ring it, ow!

 

 

Single

Ring My Bell  (1979)
lyrics – Frederick Knight
music – Frederick Knight
sung by – Anita Ward
genre – Disco
side B – “If I Could Feel That Old Feeling Again”
“Make Believe Lovers” (alternate B-side)
album – Songs of Love

LYRICS:

I’m glad you’re home
Now did you really miss me?
I guess you did by the look in your eye
(Look in your eye, look in your eye)
Well lay back and relax
While I put away the dishes (put away the dishes)
Then you and me can rock a bell

Vinyl 45 rpm (source: 45cat.com)

You can ring my bell, ring my bell
You can ring my bell, ring my bell
You can ring my bell, ring my bell
You can ring my bell, ring my bell

The night is young
And full of possibilities
Well, come on and let yourself be free
My love for you (love for you, love for you)
So long I’ve been savin’
Tonight was made for me and you

You can ring my bell, ring my bell
(Ring my bell, ding-dong-ding)
You can ring my bell, ring my bell
(Ring my bell, ring-a-ring-a-ring)
You can ring my bell, ring my bell
(Ring my bell, ding-dong-ding)
You can ring my bell, ring my bell
(Ring my bell, ring-a-ring-a-ring)

Album

You can ring my bell
You can ring my bell
(Ding, dong, ding, ah-ah, ring it)
You can ring my bell, anytime, anywhere
(Ring it, ring it, ring it, ring it, ow)

You can ring my bell, you can ring my bell
(Ding, dong, ding, ah-ah, ring it)
You can ring my bell, anytime, anywhere
(Ring it, ring it, ring it, ring it, ow)

You can ring my bell, ring my bell
(Ring my bell, ding-dong-ding)
You can ring my bell, ring my bell
(Ring my bell, ring-a-ring-a-ring)
You can ring my bell, ring my bell
(Ring my bell, ding-dong-ding)
You can ring my bell, ring my bell

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Recent YouTube footage of the tourist location I visited years earlier that houses The Liberty Bell:

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