LENT DEVOTIONAL 2015 – 40 DAYS OF CLASSIC ROCK – #7 – “Bohemian Rhapsody” – Queen
by Pastor Kyle Durbin, Centenary UMC
Truth be told, picking exactly which Queen song was going to land on the countdown was a complete toss-up and easily could have gone to a handful of songs. I settled on “Bohemian Rhapsody,” not only for it’s musical intricacy, but also because, just like SNL, “more cowbell,” and Blue Oyster Cult’s “Don’t Fear The Reaper,” there is a generation that will always connect “Bohemian Rhapsody,” to SNL’s, “Wayne’s World! (Party Time! Excellent!)”
Written at home by Freddie Mercury over a period spanning parts of both the 1960’s and 70’s, the singer, himself, has admitted that he wanted to make a rock opera that was intentionally confusing, a sort of ridiculous song about nothing…and that’s exactly what he did. In the song, the narrator reflects, “I’m just a poor boy, nobody loves me,” to which the chorus responds, “He’s just a poor boy from a poor family. Spare him his life from this monstrosity.” Not only does Jesus have a special place in his heart for the poor and the children throughout the Gospels, throughout the entire Bible, God makes it abundantly clear that God cares especially for the outcast and the marginalized. It is with this understanding that James, brother of Jesus, writes in 1:27 of his epistle, “True devotion, the kind that is pure and faultless before God the Father, is this: to care for orphans and widows in their difficulties.” As children of God and followers of Christ, we are to offer extra care and pay special attention to those that society would all too often cast aside without hesitation. Regardless of social or economic status, all people are valued by God and have a place in God’s Kingdom.
Sovereign and Just God, we know you hear the cries of those that our culture tries so hard to drown out, because they don’t meet our superficial standards. Give us eyes to see the injustices of this world, voices to speak out against them, and hands to lift up those who have spent a lifetime being stepped on. Amen.