LENT DEVOTIONAL 2015 – 40 DAYS OF CLASSIC ROCK – #22 – “Rock And Roll All Nite” – KISS
by Pastor Kyle Durbin, Centenary UMC
KISS originally released “Rock and Roll All Nite” as a single off of their album, “Dressed To Kill,” and it soon became their most popular single to date. However, it was the live version they released a year later that began cementing the bands legacy as rock and roll legends, and consequently, the face-painted warriors have closed every one of their live concerts with the song since.
Lyrically, the song revolves around the theme present in the title, repeating, “I wannna rock and roll all night and party every day.” This anthem, with the emphasis on the personal shout of, “I,” echoes a self-regard many can relate to. This attitude is represented perfectly in Christ’s parable of the Prodigal Son, found in look 15:11-32, where a young man demands his inheritance, and then consequently wastes it on a self-indulgent life of partying. Of course, this lifestyle leads to the young man being completely broke and forced to eat pig food. When he finally returns to his family, his father accepts him with open arms, saying of his son in Luke 15:23, “He was lost and is found!” His dad even throws him a party, and the reality is, when we decide to live for Christ instead of for ourselves, God throws a a party for us too. As a matter of fact, and “all night party,” is one of Jesus’ favorite descriptions of heaven!
Holy Lord, you desire for us to willingly offer our lives to you, but all too often, we would rather focus only on what we want, what we think we deserve, and what feels good. Turn our hearts to desiring the things that please you, as we strive to live a life worthy of the heavenly party you have waiting for us. Amen.