I am so much a child of my time in many ways! There is music from the sixties that when I hear it, it sends a nostalgic chord running through my heart and my mind.
One such song is The Mamas and Papas “California Dreamin’.” The tune is so evocative of the utopianism of that era. The words are simple although the middle stanza puzzles me. It runs thus:
I stopped into a church
I passed along the way
Well, I got down on my knees
(Got down on my knees)
And I pretend to pray
(I pretend to pray).
You know the preacher likes the cold
(Preacher likes the cold)
He knows I’m gonna stay
(Knows I’m gonna stay)
On such a winters day.
What to make of the pretense in prayer? The song is about the dilemma the subject faces about telling his or her beloved about going to L.A. Stopping into the church might be for direction or guidance. But why then the pretense to pray, especially when the sixties were all about transparency and honesty?
I had gotten down on my knees to pray many times when I was growing up a Roman Catholic. But it was all a pretense.
But I shall never forget the time in February 1974 when I got down on my knees for real and asked the Jesus Christ to be my Saviour and Lord. That was real.
Nostalgia is good as far as it goes but it won’t save you from the wrath to come. Reader: have you ever gotten down on your knees to pray to the true God through the Lord Jesus?