The bouncy, banging Hey Ya! by Outkast may be the most fun song with the most happy music paired with the most disheartening words.
I think it a reflection of our present age — despite having been released nearly 15 years ago.
Turn it up.
Feet tappin, finger snappin, lyrical rappin, fist pumpin bass, beat and keys, now rush onto the dance floor, flesh pressed against flesh, everyone happy, free, boundless.
Listen to what is being said.
“Thank God for Mom and Dad for sticking through together cause we don’t know how.”
A one line lyrical bomb dropped on the prevailing, prevaricating culture, the culture of now.
Mom and dad stuck it out, through good times and bad, but you know, even at this tender age, that you are too weak, too undisciplined, too fearful of the slightest emotional pain to stay together — as one.
“Oh, we’ve been together, but separate’s always better when there’s feelings involved.”
Feelings, true, honest, lasting, as soon as these arise — run! That’s what this playful, high energy song — doesn’t recommend, but reveals is what’s taking place.
As soon as it gets real, you run.
And the culture, today’s culture, sanctions this, enables this, promotes this.
Are you strong enough to defy?
Make yourself strong enough to defy.
Jesus remarked, in Luke, that: “just as it was in the days of Noah, so also will it be in the days of the Son of Man. People were eating, drinking, marrying and being given in marriage up to the day Noah entered the ark. Then the flood came and destroyed them all.”
Don’t get drowned in the flood.
The world doesn’t need your now but your future, not your joy but your strength, not your body but your spirit, not your alone but your togetherness.
You can make the world much better, just as you can make yourself much greater, even as everything the past has constructed demands you focus instead on this now, these desires, it’s appetite.
“Y’all don’t want to hear me, you just want to dance.”