This last couple of weeks, our family’s been tipping the hat to God-given voices of the modern age. No discounts for tabloids, tumult, or tirades; just the God-given gift.
One benefit of such regaling is stumbling across a lyric. I was stricken by the implications of lines from Gene Pitney’s acclaimed “Town Without Pity”. Please forgive the abridgement:
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…bewildered by the world we see… Why do people hurt us so… What a town without pity can do… People talk about how bad we are… Ours is not an easy age… The young have problems, many problems / We need an understanding heart / Why don’t they help us, try and help us… When these little minds tear you in two / What a town without pity can do / No, it isn’t very pretty what a town without pity can do
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There’s a philosophy out there that young people (who have not had seasons of time), must somehow instantly have all wisdom and understanding. And if they don’t, just send them packing. [Real nice: they’re in a home of wisdom—the Spirit of God lives here—and the answer is to write them off. Um… this sends them where? To the world. (Oh, they’ll learn lessons alright!).]
Even a secular pop song “gets it”: “We need an understanding heart.”
Oh. Wait. I misspoke. This philosophy (doctrine, teaching, lie) gives a second option: Brow-beat them into submission. … As Dr. Phil would say, “How’s that working for you?”
This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.
Ahem. The miserable truth is this: Little do they know… their own offspring are often just as immature. They put on a good front, but in a reality spotlight, the truth would reveal their inexperience. Most play out as whitewashed tombs, keeping The Establishment off their backs.
This, Ladies and Gents, is what “a town without pity can do.”