LENT DEVOTIONAL 2015 – 40 DAYS OF CLASSIC ROCK – #16 – “Born To Run” – Bruce Springsteen
by Pastor kyle Durbin, Centenary UMC
Bruce Springsteen not only ranks as one of the best-selling recording artists of all time, but also one of the only songwriters to give us song titles that tell us both “where” he was born and “what” he was born to do. While many know The Boss for the fan favorite, “Born in the USA,” that culminated the singer’s desire to create a “wall of sound,” style that still influences rock and pop music to this day.
While Springsteen had received critical success prior to the songs release in 1975, the album of the same title was Springsteen’s last, personal shot at mainstream success, and so he did what so many other writers on this list did, he wrote a love song about a girl. However, the song also includes a subtle theme about making it out of your hometown, with the line, “Sprung from cages out on highway 9,” a reference to Freehold, NJ. Contemporary band Jimmy Eat World have continued this theme with their 2007 song, “Big Casino” proclaiming a “New Jersey success story.” (Apparently Bon Jovi never got the memo to leave town!) Jesus had similar problems, coming from a poor, blue collar town. As a matter of fact, at one point, in John 1: 46, one of his own disciples asks of Jesus, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Well, something good did come out of Nazareth, and good things can come out of New Jersey too. The message of the Gospel is that God has a special place in God’s heart for those society disinherits, and through his grace, great things can come from the most unlikely of places!
Surprising God, while some of us are born into a life of privilege, many of us, through no fault of our own, start at the bottom, and work our whole lives to make it up and out. We praise you for looking at our hearts, not our circumstances, and turn our lives over to you, so that you might use them for your glory. Amen.