My friend, Barry McGuire (New Christy Minstrels, “Eve of Destruction,” lead role in “Hair,” recorded numerous faith-based albums of original music) called me yesterday. I was getting a haircut and almost didn’t answer it, but Barry doesn’t call me very often and I figured I’d better find out what’s up. Barry is basically retired from writing/recording/touring and enjoying time with his wife, Mari.
But he hasn’t unplugged from culture, nor has he unplugged from compassion because he called me to turn me on to a song he just heard called “What About Us?” by P!NK. It’s a song that connects with the needs of those who thought they were going to make a difference in the world and got left holding the bag. It’s full of searching questions like “What about all the broken happy ever afters?” and “What about all the plans that ended in disaster?” and then, the most poignant questions of all: “What about love? What about trust? What about us?”
Barry was thinking about all those people from the Jesus Movement who started something big but then got pushed aside by those who could run faster, farther and jump higher. We talked about these people when last I had him as my guest on BlogTalkRadio. But what excited me the most about this song is that it answers its own questions in such a beautiful way. It says:
Sticks and stones, they may break these bones
But then I’ll be ready, are you ready?
It’s the start of us, waking up come on
Are you ready? I’ll be ready
I don’t want control, I want to let go
Are you ready? I’ll be ready
‘Cause now it’s time to let them know
We are ready, what about us?
It’s a timely call to those who have been following along in our study in Acts. “It’s the start of us, waking up” … What is that, if it isn’t you and me coming alive to meet the new challenges of today in spite of whether we’ve been hurt or left behind? We’ll be ready anyway, because it’s ultimately not about us, it’s about the Holy Spirit in us, and that doesn’t happen when we are in control, it happens when we let go and let God work in and through us.
It’s an incredible song, actually, that says the answer to “What about us?” is finding out that it’s precisely not about us, and because it’s not about us, it doesn’t matter that we’ve been hurt or forgotten or disappointed, because all that matters is that we are ready to be used again. We are ready to go, and now is the time to let them know. Forget about you; the question is: Are you ready? That’s the question at hand and it’s the question of Acts. Are you ready?
Barry McGuire has agreed to be our guest again on BlogTalkRadio tonight as we continue our discussion on the relevance of the Jesus Movement to what is happening today. If you haven’t heard Barry before, you will love his fresh persecutive; if you have, you will want to hear more. Join us tonight at 6pm PST.