LENT DEVOTIONAL 2015 – 40 DAYS OF CLASSIC ROCK – #38 – “Jack and Diane” – John Cougar
Pastor Kyle Durbin, Centenary UMC
Despite what my high-school self may tell you, this classic guitar riff was not made famous by Jessica Simpson’s 1999, “I Think I’m In Love With You.” No, that honor goes to John Mellencamp’s (then performing as John Cougar) “Jack and Diane,” released almost 20 years prior to the diva’s pop song. A favorite in cars and bars, while some may not consider this #1 single true classic rock, at 33 years old, it fits the definition.
“Jack and Diane,” is a “little ditty,” about, you guessed it, a boy and girl named Jack and Diane sharing a young, American romance. The song is filled with innocence and naivety, as well as an acute awareness that a carefree, adolescent life can only last so long. The anthem repeats, “Oh yeah, life goes on, long after the thrill of living is gone.” With the same nostalgia in mind, King Solomon asks, in Ecclesiastes 7:10, “10 Don’t ask, “How is it that the former days were better than these?” because it isn’t wise to ask this.” Instead of lamenting about the “good ole days,” as Christians, we are called to claim the life that Christ has planned for us, even if that involves a little bit of effort sometimes, because he has a good life planned for us all.
Everlasting Lord, it’s sometimes so easy for us to remember “better times,” or to become preoccupied with thoughts of “what might have been.” Open our eyes to the vision you have for our lives, where better days are always ahead. Amen