When I first heard this song, I hated it because I assumed it was promoting rowdy behaviour. But I realized what this Canadian group were singing about when I listened carefully to the lyrics.
Listen to this classic from the summer of 1976 here:
We know from King Solomon that there’s a time for every purpose under heaven. Ecclesiastes 3:7 (BBE) reminds us there’s, “A time for undoing and a time for stitching; a time for keeping quiet and a time for talk;”
We also read that believers, especially if we hold power, must speak out for those who have no voice. Psalms 82:3 and 4 (BBE) exhorts, “Give ear to the cause of the poor and the children without fathers; let those who are troubled and in need have their rights. Be the saviour of the poor and those who have nothing: take them out of the hand of the evil-doers.”
We likewise find in Proverbs 31:8 and 9 (BBE) that we mustn’t be silent about injustice. “Let your mouth be open for those who have no voice, in the cause of those who are ready for death. Let your mouth be open, judging rightly, and give right decisions in the cause of the poor and those in need.”
God expects us all to speak out against injustice. Isaiah 1:17 (BBE) declares, “Take pleasure in well-doing; let your ways be upright, keep down the cruel, give a right decision for the child who has no father, see to the cause of the widow.”
And if the Lord’s command isn’t enough, Proverbs 21:13 (BBE) says, “He whose ears are stopped at the cry of the poor, will himself get no answer to his cry for help”
What a privilege it is to be the advocate for those who are powerless and insignificant to the governors of this world. God will bless us for caring for those defenseless people.
On Monday, if Christ doesn’t return by then, I hope to post about why we must pray for politicians, even the slimy ones.