“Don’t Tell Me How to Live”

Kid Rock’s filthy new song “Don’t Tell Me How to Live” is a flashback to two 1965 hits, the Rolling Stones’, “I’m free to do what I want any old time,” and the Animals’ “It’s my life and I’ll do what I want.” This has been rock’s theme from its inception. Rock is not just music and innocent entertainment; it is a moral revolution. An advertisement for Rolling Stone magazine proclaimed, “Rock ‘n’ roll is more than just music–it is the energy center of a new culture and youth revolution.” Indeed, it changed the world. We live in a society created by rock & roll. You can see the effect everywhere: in attitude, in fashion, in the generation gap, in the obsession with sex, in the idolization of pop stars, in the love for fantasy, in the glorification of entertainment. Above all, you can see the effect in focus on self and in the “judge not” philosophy that has become a cultural law. Nothing is absolutely wrong; everything is relative. At the heart of rock music is sexual liberty, which is brazen rebellion against God’s holy law of marriage. John Oats of Hall & Oats said, “Rock ‘n’ roll is 99% SEX” (Circus, Jan. 31, 1976). Gene Simmons of KISS said, “That’s what rock is all about—SEX with a 100 megaton bomb, THE BEAT!” (Entertainment Tonight, ABC, Dec. 10, 1987). Tina Turner said, “Rock and roll is fun … It’s NAUGHTY” (Rock Facts, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum). Debbie Harry of Blondie said,“Rock ‘n’ roll is all sex. One hundred percent SEX” (The Age of Communication, p. 398). Adam Ant said, “Pop music revolves around SEXUALITY” (From Rock to Rock, p. 93). The Bible, which will be around long after the global pop culture has passed away, says, “Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge” (Hebrews 13:4).

(Friday Church News Notes, November 26, 2021, www.wayoflife.org, fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143)