The Doo-Wop Gospel Message

One thing about being in my current age group is that marketers believe that I have disposable income.  As a result, songs from the decades when I was growing up often appear in commercials, or play overhead in a store, probably intended to persuade me to buy something.  Even more than that, there is music that was already re-used from my parents’ generation, but that song’s “second life” (upon being covered by a new artist) became familiar enough to still show up again today.

While listening to a commercial the other day, I heard a line from a 1950’s “Doo-Wop” song, called “Sh-Boom”, which I probably remembered most recently from a 2006 movie.  (No, I was not alive when the song was originally released in the 50’s.)  The most recognizable line from this song (and, I think, the only one that was actually sung in the commercial) is “Life could be a dream”.

Since that tune brought back good memories, I obtained (i.e., legally purchased) a copy of the song, and was listening to it in the car, when I realized that there were a lot of simple Gospel messages contained in the lyrics.  (And, as a classic 1950’s love song, I guess that makes sense, since the Gospel message in the Bible demonstrates the love of God for humankind.)

Skipping over the “Doo-Wop” lyrics, and repeated sections (which shortens the song substantially), let’s take a look:

Life could be a dream
If I could take you up in paradise up above

Jesus made it clear to His disciples that He was preparing a place for them.

“Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also.
John 14:1‭-‬3 NASB

https://bible.com/bible/100/jhn.14.1-3.NASB

Although we could debate the finer points of Heaven versus the range of human views of “paradise”, it’s clear that Jesus does want to bring us to spend eternity with Him, and that it will be great!

If you would tell me I’m the only one that you love
Life could be a dream, sweetheart

God expects us to place Him as #1 in our lives.  (God made this clear in the first of the 10 Commandments – see Exodus 20:3.)  Even if we are dating or married, our love for someone else flows best when it comes from the love that we saw in Jesus, who loved us first.  And, while the Bible might not use the term “sweetheart”, Jesus is described as a bridegroom (see Mark 2:19-20, John 3:29, Matthew 25:10, Revelation 19:7).

Hello, hello again, sh-boom and hopin’ we’ll meet again

The parable of the “Prodigal Son” (although that might not be the best name for it, see Who’s the Hero, Here?) in Luke 15:11-32 makes it clear that we are the ones who have wandered away, but God wishes for us to return.

So he got up and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion for him, and ran and embraced him and kissed him.
Luke 15:20 NASB

https://bible.com/bible/100/luk.15.20.NASB

Oh, life could be a dream
If only all my precious plans would come true
If you would let me spend my whole life lovin’ you
Life could be a dream, sweetheart

God has plans for us (Jeremiah 29:11, while said to a specific group, is often cited as an example), and loves us even when we don’t realize it.  However, we can embrace His loving plan for us, or we can push it away and think that we know better [hint: we don’t].  When we seek to follow His plan, I believe that the net result will be better for everyone!

Every time I look at you
Something’s on my mind
If you do what I want you to
Baby, we’d be so fine!

Jesus doesn’t just ask us to obey Him because He says so, or because He wants to make us jump through hoops (although He would be within His rights to do so).  Instead, because of His love for us, He wants us to have the best possible existence, and He knows what will achieve that.

storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is life indeed.
1 Timothy 6:19 NASB

https://bible.com/bible/100/1ti.6.19.NASB

So, whether or not you like Doo-Wop music, I hope that you will remember that God loves you unyieldingly, wants the best for you, and knows that your ideal life will involve a healthy relationship with Him.  Everything else outside of that is just doo-wop “filler”.

 

(Lyrics from https://www.google.com/search?q=sh-boom+lyrics)

One thought on “The Doo-Wop Gospel Message

  1. Some years ago it came to my attention that even many of the hymns from the past couple of centuries are love songs to Jesus. The conversation that brought that enlightenment involved someone’s bemoaning such hymns as appealing more to women than men (implying that women were more emotionally inclined to love songs than men), and that we needed to include hymns speaking more to a man’s way of thinking. Songs like, “A Mighty Fortress” and “Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus” were suggested. I can see their point to some extent, whether I agree with it or not …

    Of course, you are probably aware of several secular songs that have been modified somewhat in wording to make them speak more to a Godly perspective. New or old, modified or original, the important thing is that the songs we sing, as in all of our activities and speech, direct our thoughts toward our God and Savior; even that they well up from inside us as praise to Him and expressions of who He is to us.

    Your blog posts show that the things going on around you, in your life in general, bring to mind the things of our Lord. May we all keep growing to that point and beyond.

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