Gonna find my baby, gonna hold her tight
Gonna grab some afternoon delight
– Starlight Vocal Band (1976)
I’ve had the worst pop song in decades stuck in my mind for two days now. Chandler and I were shopping for some school clothes when I realized I was getting annoyed, but I didn’t know why. Then I realized they were playing music from the 70s, but not the early 70s; this was all the late 70s. This was the birth of disco. And when “Afternoon Delight” came on I should have screamed and run out of the place. That’s the thing about these era-related pop music stations. Just because something was popular once doesn’t mean it should be remembered. Some hits were awful. Why can’t we admit that?
How did we get from “Four Dead in Ohio” to “Afternoon Delight” in six short years? When we say “70s music” we should clarify. We mean early 70s music. Forget everything after 1975. It’s clear that to be a meaningful generation we needed a war to protest. We needed somebody’s civil rights to fight for. We needed a cause. We needed somebody assassinated. Abraham, Martin, John and Bobby went over the hill but nobody ever came back, except the Starlight Vocal Band singing about rubbing sticks and stones together in the afternoon. Save us, please. Was there really nothing more to live for in 1976 than afternoon sex? Apparently not. Not that there’s anything wrong with afternoon sex, just don’t give me an a cappella song about it and assault me with it in a store forty years later. Someone should go over all the oldies and just admit we made a bad choice on some of this stuff the first time. Why make it again?
I think I’ll forever be a radical. Faith has to have an edge. Status quo is the enemy of real faith. Radical means true to the root and the root of Christianity is Jesus. It will always be all about Jesus. Jesus Freaks were not just forty years ago. Jesus Freaks are now. I will always be a Jesus Freak. Just try telling me I talk too much about Jesus; I will thank you for the complement. Jesus then, Jesus now, Jesus forever.
And then let’s start asking questions again. Jesus is the answer but there are a ton of questions, and we should be familiar with as many of them as we can, especially the more popular ones. Resist the stupid thinking that if you have the right answer in Jesus, you don’t have to know anything about the questions. At that point, Jesus becomes a bobblehead in the back of your car nodding the answer over and over again. The question is of utmost importance to communication. It also broadens one’s faith to see just how Jesus is the answer. We grow in our understanding and worship of Him to follow this process. But most importantly, we connect with our culture over the questions. We show that we’re listening and that we care.
[Note: I provided a YouTube link for the CSN&Y song (click on picture), but I chose not to torture you with even suggesting you listen to Afternoon Delight. Of course no one can stop you, just don’t come running to me when you wake up three days from now with it still playing in your head.]
IF YOU LIKED THIS CATCH, YOU’LL LOVE OUR INTERVIEW LAST NIGHT WITH SCOTT ROSS. GO TO: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thecatch/2016/09/27/a-catch-conversation-with-scott-ross-1
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