LENT DEVOTIONAL 2015 – 40 DAYS OF CLASSIC ROCK – #36 – “Juke Box Hero” – Foreigner
by Pastor Kyle Durbin, Centenary UMC
The first movie I ever took my wife, Joanna, to go see was the musical “Rock of Ages.” While I was familiar with the 80’s rock comedy, she had never heard of it outside of television commercials. However, I soon found she new the songs even better than I did, and it all began was she was able to sing along to just about every word of “Juke Box Hero” at the beginning of the movie.
“Juke Box Hero” comes off of Foreigner’s album, “4” which went on to earn Seven-Times Platinum status. The song chronicles the rise of a fictional musical artist who comes from humble means and goes on to become a rock and roll legend. Apparently, all he needed was “one guitar!” Similarly, the Bible is filled with heroes who society views as worthless that go on to accomplish great and wonderful things, from Rahab the prostitute, to King David, all the way through to Jesus Christ himself, and then pretty much every one of the disciples after him. The thing is, God doesn’t care what we look like or where we come from, as the Lord told Samuel when anointed a young shepherd boy to rule over Israel, “Have no regard for his appearance or stature, because I haven’t selected him. God doesn’t look at things like humans do. Humans see only what is visible to the eyes, but the Lord sees into the heart.”
Lord, help us remember not to worry too much about what society values or what our culture tells us matter in life. We know you have called us each to wonderful lives full of meaning and purpose, because you see our hearts, and we give our hearts to you. Amen.