LENT DEVOTIONAL 2015 – 40 DAYS OF CLASSIC ROCK – #21 – “Free Fallin’” – Tom Petty
by Pastor Kyle Durbin, Centenary UMC
Younger generations will be surprised to learn that Tom Petty’s “Free Fallin'” wasn’t recorded and released until 1989. The song was actually the first song written for Petty’s solo album, “Full Moon Fever,” and includes a litany of references to the Los Angeles area.
Like so many other songs of the, now, classic rock genre, “Free Fallin'” is a nostalgic remembrance of a childhood romance. The song also captures a perfectly patriotic view of Christianity, singing, “She’s a good girl, crazy ’bout Elvis, loves Jesus and America too.” For many Christians, love for “God and country,” go hand and hand, and while there is merit in this belief, the sentiment is a far stretch from the faith Christ preached, who said in Mark 12:17, ““Give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.” See, according to Jesus, our allegiance to the Kingdom of God is always more important to any other allegiance we may claim. At the end of the day, we were created in the image of God, and we belong to God, not to any particular denomination, not to any certain political party, not even to an specific nation. We would do well to remember that, when living our lives as faithful Christian’s in this country we call the United States of America, a country where, at best, we seek to do the will of God as it pertains to our relationships with our fellow citizens, as well as our relationships with those throughout the entire world.
Sovereign Lord, it is so easy to confuse our faith in the human-made structures of this world with our allegiance to the one who created the world. Keep us ever aware that, as our currency tells us, it is not in Caesar, but, “In God We Trust.” Amen.