Troubled Times

troubled-timesRolling Stone magazine reported that on Martin Luther King Jr. day, Green Day honored the civil rights leader as well as criticized President-elect Donald Trump in their new lyric video for “Troubled Times,” a track off their recent Revolution Radio.

“Today we celebrate love and compassion more than ever,” Billie Joe Armstrong (song writer/singer with Green Day) said in a statement that accompanied [his music] video. The video juxtaposes images of famed protests and moments of resistance and rebellion – women’s suffrage, the Civil Rights Movement – with images of a Trump-like figure wearing a “Make America Great Again” hate spouting hate-filled messages to the masses.”

This song is an example of a prophetic word about the times in which we live. It begins with a question that comes from the lingering hope of Christmas’ “love and peace on earth”.

The question of “where’s the truth in the written word if no one reads it?” – isn’t just rhetorical; by implication it is asking, what good is truth – “if no one follows it?”  And though Billie Joe Armstrong may not have an answer, this question most of all should cause us to look to the One who does – so that we would, in fact, keep in step with Him.

Take heed…

“Troubled Times” by Green Day

What good is love and peace on earth?
When it’s exclusive?
Where’s the truth in the written word?
If no one reads it
A new day dawning
Comes without warning
So don’t blink twice

We live in troubled times
We live in troubled times

What part of history we learned
When it’s repeated
Some things will never overcome
If we don’t seek it
The world stops turning
Paradise burning
So don’t think twice

We live in troubled times
We live in troubled times
We live in troubled times

We run for cover
Like a skyscraper’s falling down
Then I wander like a troubled mind

What good is love and peace on earth?
When it’s exclusive
Where’s the truth in the written word?
If no one reads it
A new day dawning
Comes without warning
So don’t look twice

We live in troubled times
We live in troubled times
We live in troubled times
We live in troubled times
We live in troubled times
We live in troubled times

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About R.H. (Rusty) Foerger

As I enter the third third of life, I am becoming aware of the role of elders today “to enlarge spiritual vision, being devoted to prayer, living in the face of death, as a living curriculum of the Christian life” (Dr. James M. Houston). I am a life long and life wide learner who seeks to: *decipher the enigma of our worth *rescue from the agony of prayerlessness *integrate spiritual friendship.
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