LENT DEVOTIONAL 2015 – 40 DAYS OF CLASSIC ROCK – #15 – “Bad Moon Rising” – Creedence Clearwater Revival
by Pastor kyle Durbin, Centenary UMC
With the so much emphasis on nostalgia never to be reclaimed and a certain amount of cynicism regarding the future, it’s surprising that more classic rock songs don’t go the straight apocalyptic route. Leave it to Creedence Clearwater Revival in 1969 and their second gold-certified single, “Bad Moon Rising,” to fill that void for us!
John Fogerty claims that the song was written in response to a hurricane scene in the film, “The Devil and Daniel Webster,” citing his concerns regarding a possible impending apocalypse. The song begins with the lyrics, “I see the bad moon arising. I see trouble on the way. I see earthquakes and lightnin’. I see those bad times today.” The ensuing refrain repeats the concern that, “there’s a bad moon on the rise,” (not, “there’s a bathroom on the right,” as has been parodied countless times!). Unsurprisingly, Jesus has a similar description of the “end times,” in Matthew 18:29. saying, ““Now immediately after the suffering of that time the sun will become dark, and the moon won’t give its light. The stars will fall from the sky and the planets and other heavenly bodies will be shaken.” However, Christ goes on to explain that we aren’t to worry about these things, because our hope is in Jesus, who has the power to redeem and save any and all people.
Son of the Promised Return, we await your coming with fear and anticipation. Turn our focus away from whatever “time and hour” that may be, so that instead, we might focus on doing your will on earth with the time we have. Amen.