Saturday, 16 February 2019

Saturday Song: Elvis Costello, "Watching the Detectives"

I must admit that I enjoy songs which aren't about the joys and vicissitudes of love. This is a song about the coarse and often immoral world of detectives. The woman under suspicion also shows her callous side in this song as she files her nails while they're dragging the lake for a body or bodies.

Hear "Watching the Detectives" here.

So, how does a person become heartless? It comes from stifling one's conscience until it no longer afflicts one with guilt. Even professing Christians can become heartless. The Apostle Paul explained how this can happen in 1 Timothy 4:1-2 (KJV). "Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils, Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;"

This is an apt analogy. Once nerve endings in flesh are dead, pain can't be felt. Once the conscience has been cauterized, lying and other sins are only evaluated by such people for their effectiveness in getting them what they want. In Paul's example, it was for gaining a following. In other folks, sinning is their way of gaining power and riches.

How glad I am that God promised an end to this madness. Christ will return to crush Satan's rebellion totally. It can't happen too soon for me but people who haven't repented and given their lives over to Christ will wish they had more time.

If you enjoyed this song and what I wrote, please leave a comment in the box below. But if not, have a great weekend anyway.

On Monday, I'll post about why merely "receiving" Jesus isn't good enough to save sinners.

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