LENT DEVOTIONAL 2015 – 40 DAYS OF CLASSIC ROCK – #28 – “Live And Let Die” – Paul McCartney
by Pastor Kyle Durbin, Centenary UMC
Paul McCartney’s “Live and Let Die,” holds the unique honor of one of the few songs in American music history to be nominated for a grammy twice, each time performed by a different band. While the ex-Beatle’s singer brought the song to prominence, originally recording it with his band Wings 1973 for the James Bond film of the same name, many, like myself, equally remember there 1991 Guns N’ Roses version, off of their epic album, “Use Your Illusion 1.”
In writing the song, McCartney had the challenging situation of creating a song based on a song title, “Live and Let Die,” that had already been decided. McCartney settled on a reflective song about a young, naive individual whose positive outlook on life is corrupted by the realization of the realities of evil that exist in the world. Where he once said, of his fellow humans, “live and let live,” now he can only shout, “live and let die,” focused on securing only his own prosperity and well-being, regardless of the cost to others. As Christians, instead of throwing in the towel and giving up in response to the hells that sometimes exist on earth, we are called to be sources of hope for others who are struggling. As the Psalmist writes in chapter 118, verse 17, “I won’t die — no, I will live and declare what the Lord has done.”
God of hope, strengthen our hearts and minds so that we don’t grow bitter in response to this broken creation we find ourselves in. Instead, encourage us to proclaim the good news, saying not only, “live and let live,” but “let live for eternity with Christ.” Amen.