Now then, my sons, listen to
do not turn aside from what I say.
Keep to a path far from her,
do not go near the door of her house,
lest you lose your honor to others
and your dignity to one who is cruel,
lest strangers feast on your wealth
and your toil enrich the house of another.
At the end of your life you will groan,
when your flesh and body are spent.
You will say, “How I hated discipline!
How my heart spurned correction!
I would not obey my teachers
or turn my ear to my instructors.
And I was soon in serious trouble
in the assembly of God’s people.”
- Proverbs 5:7-14
“Na na na na, na na na na, hey hey-ey, goodbye
He’ll never love you, the way that I love you
‘Cause if he did, no no, he wouldn’t make you cry
He might be thrillin’ baby but a-my love
(My love, my love)”
- Paul Leka, Gary DeCarlo, Dale Frashuer (Steam)
As for the Scripture from Proverbs, the ‘she’ is referring to an adulterous woman, but it can refer to any manifestation of sin in our lives. As for the song, yes, there were verses to the song, not just a chorus.
Football season is approaching, and I have my remote ready (with the mute button).
I guess I should blame the Chicago White Sox (American major league baseball) organist. In 1977, when a White Sox slugger hit a home run, the organist played the Steam tune. Since the crowd new the chorus, they sang along. The organist soon expanded the tune to include when an opposing pitcher was sent to the showers and replaced by a relief pitcher. (I think that is kind of funny. “Get behind me, Satan!”) Thus, started a tradition in sports that has expanded to most sports, maybe all.
We had already lost our “soul” when we root for the home team long before this song was composed. We have, for generations, wished eternal damnation upon the other team. Since the early days of the Roman colosseum, we have screamed “Kill ‘em.” In Roman times, it was meant literally.
But singing that song when the score is 70 to zero degrades the players and the fans of the other team in a way that would not be tolerated outside the stadium. Can we learn some manners? Can we live with dignity? Do we have to be ungracious winners? Can we do as Jesus taught us, to love our enemies? Are they enemies? We may go to church with a few of them. If they have an inferior team and the final score is 70-0, they already feel bad. The crude people among us will undoubtedly laugh as they see the opposing team’s colors being worn while leaving the stadium. But to sing our total disdain for all things dignified?
Even if I hear it from my alma mater, I will mute it. Come on, have some class.
Now the tune has new words, at least heard in a couple of television commercials. Last year the song was sung for a sports drink. This year, I have not figured out what they are advertising, something to do with the 100th year of professional American football, I think. It seems to be sung by high school aged children.
But the words show how deteriorated our education system has become. “We ready! We ready! We ready! For y’all.” (Really, “foe yaw,” but I corrected that assuming bad enunciation.)
From a sense of ethical behavior, I like the sentiment. It does not say that we will crush you. It simply states that we have confidence in our plan and our abilities. That seems, on the surface, to support fair play and sportsmanship.
I grew up in the South. I have no problem with “y’all.” But there are four beats for “We ready!” They could sing “We are ready” and use all four beats evenly. Why are we celebrating bad grammar?
Let’s examine what we are teaching our youth. Yes, the education system does not end when the last school bell for the week rings. They learn from each other. They learn from all those around them, including us. They learn while watching television, playing video games, etc.
I have read that texting has dumbed down our children by leaps and bounds, but why just focus on typing shortcuts and a total disdain for spelling? We have created a society (I think stemming from the cultural revolution of the 60s) where we must tear down everything that is civilized and everything that has order, structure, or rules.
And with that revolution, they will tear down any concept of a belief that God exists and He loves us.
Soli Deo Gloria. Only to God be the Glory.