Why Jesus Today?
In 1992 the rock band Bon Jovi released a song called "Keep The Faith." In it, lead singer Jon Bon Jovi
sings these words: "Walking in the footsteps of society's lies / I don't like what I see no more / Sometimes I wish I
was blind / Sometimes I wait forever / To stand out in the rain / So no one sees me cryin' / Trying to wash away
the pain / Mother father / There's things I've done I can't erase / Every night we fall from grace / It's hard with
the world in your face / Trying to hold on, trying to hold on / Faith: you know you're gonna live thru the rain /
Lord you got to keep the faith / Faith: don't let your love turn to hate / Right now we got to keep the faith / Faith:
now its not too late / Trying to hold on, trying to hold on / Keep the faith"
Bon Jovi expresses in this song the pain that
many people experience in everyday life in this
new millennium. As year 2000 dawned, many
people, thought that the world would be reborn in
the new millennium...that there wouldn't be any need
for God or Jesus, that there would dawn an age of
love and peace. Yet, life today proves that Bon
Jovi's song "Keep The Faith" is as relevant today as
it was in the 1990's. "Its hard to hold on when there's
nothing to lean on." We cause pain, in our lives,
and in others. We make mistakes. We sin. We all
do. For many the heartache is too much too bear.
We yearn for a strength greater than our own. We
yearn a Savior. For a living faith in the real world.
In 1990, while still a student at Heidelberg College, Rev. Ron Shifley wrote a poem called "The Christ
of Today." It states,
"A rock-and-roll singer is like the Christ of today
He sings his gospel to a world gone astray
Like the man of Nazareth, his words go unheard
Most people won't listen because they think he's absurd
Although they crucify his music and call it deceit
His song still lives on in the followers of the beat
Through them that were willing enough to hear
His song is still sung both loud and clear
It will last forever clear to the end
Then the angels will join him in singing Amen."
This poem, reflects on how many people think of Jesus today. He is said to be outdated. He's scoffed at.
His words are forgotten. His living presence is ignored. Many people think that God, Jesus, and Christianity are
irrelevant. And yet, in a world filled with war, terrorist attacks, bloodshed, fear, hatred, and broken lives, more
and more people are finding the need for the living presence of Jesus in their lives. After the terrorist attacks
against the United States on September 11, 2001, the world saw what evil could do. Evil is alive and well. It
seeks to destroy people's lives...to destroy faith...to destroy freedom. It touched my life and yours.
Amid all of the pain and chaos in the world today we still hear the echoes of Jesus' words recorded in
John 14:1-20 "Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me... I am the way, the truth
and the life... I will not leave you orphaned; I am coming to you...because I live you also will live." Jesus' words
still shine in the darkness to provide hope for us today. Because he has been raised from death to life,
because he has conquered, we too can experience new life, real life, resurrection life today. We need a real
Savior as much today as the world did 2,000 years ago. I know I do. What about you?
Bono from the Irish rock band U2 sings in a song "and I still haven't found what I'm searching for." Is that where
you are in your life? Are you hungering for something more. Like Scott Stapp, lead singer of Creed in his hit
song "Higher" do you find yourself asking, "Can you take me higher?" Isn't there more to life that this? Feel
free to contact Pastor Ron to dialogue with you on how a Living Faith in Jesus Christ might help fill the void that
you feel in your life.
|"His song still lives on
in the followers of the
|"It's hard to hold on
when there's nothing
to lean on."
- Jon Bon Jovi
|© 2009 - Living Faith Christian Community, Spencerville, Ohio.