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Friday, November 02, 2012

'Send Me Somebody to Love'

 Can anybody find me somebody to love?
Each morning I get up I die a little
Can barely stand on my feet
Take a look in the mirror and cry
Lord what you're doing to me
I have spent all my years in believing you
But I just can't get no relief, Lord!
Somebody, somebody
Can anybody find me somebody to love? 

Maybe it's wrong, but I love to listen to those great 70s tunes! The popular group 'Queen' definitely had their problems ( like all music groups: ALL human beings, to be precise! ), but they were good musicians, and like many groups from that era, their lyrics were not all bad, and in fact, were pretty decent! Now; I'm not going to idolize them, or any other musical group, for that matter, but I DO appreciate that good old rock n' roll!

The problem with this, along with many other songs from this and other eras, is that they portray a wrong, or at least skewed idea of love, and what it really means to love. At least the writer of this song understood, somewhat, that love must be sent, 'from up above', so to speak, although, and this is mainly what the writer obviously missed; Love was 'sent from up above! Love, in the person of Jesus the Christ, in whom dwelt the fulness of the Godhead ( bodily ), now dwells in and through His people! Maybe this song was a cry for help from one who had not known the Love of God, and trusting, maybe ignorantly, that there was a Divine Being, a Sovereign Creator Who rules in the affairs of men, made his prayer before that Divine Being, asking Him to send him someone to show him that only True Love, the Love of God in Christ, whose Body we are!

We naturally, as 'Christians' ( and I must cry loudest here; 'mea culpa: may God forgive me! ) may hear or read lyrics such as this, and, taking into account the unbelieving 'bastard' who sang them, and think, 'well, he just wants someone to have sex with, because that's THEIR idea of love',and while this may be true, to a point, I now believe that many of those who have chosen to live such a lifestyle are actually searching for True Love, and for whatever reason, either turned away, or were turned away from Him.

As Christians, followers of Christ, we ARE the Body of Christ, and thus, in effect, Christ Himself! We are to spread the love of Christ abroad, as Jesus did, not condemningly, but with loving constraint, but we have failed, often because of a simply skewed theology, to do this in a very effective way, and have turned many away from the One True Love, and Light of the World! This is not to deny or belittle the work of the Holy Spirit in their hearts, although sometimes I wonder if some such lyrics do not betray the work of the Spirit in their hearts, just that the Holy Spirit most often uses us, the Body of His Son, to confirm, in a physical sense, that work in their hearts! Too often, we have failed miserably, for whatever reason, to do this!

We may find ourselves saying this same phrase over and over to ourselves, especially when we're listening to some good old rock n' roll tune like this, but do we really need someone to 'find me somebody to love'? Don't we know ANYBODY on God's green earth who might, just might be looking for that True Love?!

I believe that we ALL know someone ( at least one someone ) who has been hurt by untrue love, and who is desperately searching for that One True Love that they are sure is out there! Yes, along the way, they may have taken many paths that we have assured them lead straight to 'Hell' ( and there is our failure as the Body of Christ ), and have proven themselves unwilling to fit themselves into the 'cookie-cutter' pattern that we have set for them. Maybe we, as Christians, need to re-examine the pattern that we use, that was set for us!

Maybe before we try to answer the question, 'What WOULD Jesus Do?', we need to honestly, and with all prayer and meditation, answer the question, 'What DID Jesus Do?'!

Honestly and prayerfully in Christ,
Charles Haddon Shank

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