LENT DEVOTIONAL 2015 – 40 DAYS OF CLASSIC ROCK – #35 – “Sharp Dressed Man” – ZZ Top
by Pastor Kyle Durbin, Centenary UMC
“Sharp Dressed Man,” was first released as a single off of ZZ Top’s 1983 album, “Eliminator,” and has been a mainstay in the bearded bands arsenal ever since, performing it for mainstream audiences as recently as the 2008 Orange Bowl. The song has been covered by everyone from Brad Paisley, to Nickelback, to Alvin and the Chipmunks, and not only was it a featured song in the video game, “Guitar Hero,” it is also the current theme song of the TV show, “Duck Dynasty.”
Essentially, like so many pop-rock songs, the lyrics read like a cheap handbook for men about winning the affections of women. According to ZZ Top, women are more interested in “clean shirts, new shoes…silk suits, [and] black ties” than anything else when it comes to looking for love…not at all chauvinistic! (…then again…when I married my wife, I experienced an exponential increase in the number of button-up shirts in my wardrobe…but I digress!) The thing is, when it comes to our relationship with Jesus, our savior could care less what we’re wearing or what we look like. As a matter of fact, according to one of Jesus’ parables in Luke 16, “There was a certain rich man who clothed himself in purple and fine linen (the black tie apparel of the time),” and well, when he died, he found himself, “being tormented in the place of the dead,” because he placed more emphasis on his appearance and luxurious lifestyle than tending to the plight of the poor and oppressed around him. As Christians, it’s ok to dress nice, so long as that doesn’t become our priority.
Lord, teach us to be humble in appearance, so that we can focus our priorities on how our actions might honor you and serve others, as we seek to do your will on earth. Amen.