LENT DEVOTIONAL 2015 – 40 DAYS OF CLASSIC ROCK – #10 – “War Pigs” – Black Sabbath
by Pastor Kyle Durbin, Centenary UMC
As if some of the songs on this countdown didn’t make the devotional task difficult enough, we begin our top ten classic rock songs of all times with Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs,” a song that was originally entitled, “Walpurgis,” an intentionally satanic reference to the witches sabbath. What Ozzy and the band may not have realized, however, is that despite their intent, a blatantly anti-war anthem is just the thing Christ would have sung.
Osbourne sings of the, “Evil minds that plot destruction.” These are the very forces Jesus faced in his final days, from both the Jewish religious leaders and the Roman authorities. When Jesus was arrested, his disciple Peter struck out with a sword against one of the soldiers, but Jesus scolded him in Matthew 26: 52, saying, “Then Jesus said to him, ‘Put the sword back into its place. All those who use the sword will die by the sword.'” Instead, we are instructed by the words of the Apostle Paul in Romans 12: 21, “Don’t be defeated by evil, but defeat evil with good.”
Holy Lord, the world is not short on “evil minds” and forces. Help us to resist evil with good, teaching us, still, a higher, better way. Amen.