I’m sure you’ve heard Avril Lavigne’s new song, "Here’s to Never Growing Up". If not, you haven’t missed out on much; the song isn’t very profound – and the basic point is understand without hearing anything more than the song’s title. However,I want to share a little snippet of the lyrics with you (don’t worry, there’s a point to this).
We live like rock stars, dance on every bar
This is who we are – I don’t think well ever change.
The say just grow up, but they don’t know us,
We don’t give a [explicit] and we’re never gonna change.
Say, won’t you say forever, stay
If you stay forever, hey,
We can stay forever young!
Singing Radiohead at the top of our lungs
With the boom box blaring as we’re falling in love.
I got a bottle of whatever, but it’s getting us drunk,
Singing, here’s to never growing up!
You may be wondering why, if I find the song underwhelming, I am sharing some of the words on today’s blog post. The reasoning is simple: I feel the need to point a major flaw in the predominant worldview of our culture. Yes, believe it or not, this intellectually lacking song does speak profoundly of a social trend – namely, the pursuit of youth.
This is rampant in our culture. Thirty-year-old men are sitting in their basement playing Xbox 360 games, while middle-aged woman are taking selfies at the local nightclub. Twenty-somethings all over the country can’t seem to muster up the nerve to leave home and establish a life. Plastic surgeons and skin cream companies make billions of dollars every year by selling youthful appearance to the masses. Youth is one of the most worship idols in our society – there is no denying that.
Interestingly enough, the Word of God has some very different things to say about the matter.
Gray hair is a crown of glory; it is gained by living a godly life.
It is better to be a poor but wise youth than an old and foolish king who refuses all advice. Such a youth could rise from poverty and succeed. He might even become king, though he has been in prison.
Young people, it’s wonderful to be young! Enjoy every minute of it. Do everything you want to do; take it all in. But remember that you must give an account to God for everything you do.