Parody: REM: Man on the Moon
4April 2011

Cost of the dollar, and the stock exchange: yeah, yeah; yeah, yeah
Juju Malema in another rage: yeah, yeah; yeah, yeah
Economics, petrol, and profit and loss: yeah, yeah; yeah, yeah
Why is this world in such a great mess? yeah, yeah; yeah, yeah
So let’s snort cocaine and let’s hit the booze: yeah, yeah; yeah, yeah
See you tomorrow if tomorrow comes: yeah, yeah; yeah, yeah

But, brother, have you heard about God’s Son?
Tell me: are you locked in yourself?
Hey, brother, are you living on Prozac?
Yeah, and isn’t this world fun?
If you believe   the Man they put on the Cross, Man on the Cross
If you believe, then your salvation is ready; there’s no extra cost

Feeling that life has no meaning at all: yeah, yeah; yeah, yeah
Dragging your past like a chain and a ball: yeah, yeah; yeah, yeah
Clutching at straws and gasping for breath: yeah, yeah; yeah, yeah
Struggling along and feeling like death: yeah, yeah; yeah, yeah

But, sister, have you heard about God’s Son?
Tell me: do you know what He’s done?
Do you know that He loves you no matter what –
what you’ve done!
If you believe the Man they put on the Cross, Man on the Cross
If you believe, then your salvation is ready; there’s no extra cost;
No extra cost!

No hope for the future, and no help for the past: yeah,yeah; yeah, yeah
You pop all the pills, but good feelings don’t last: yeah,yeah; yeah, yeah
Dead leaves are driven this way and that: yeah,yeah; yeah, yeah
No going forward; there’s no going back: yeah,yeah; yeah, yeah

But, brother, have you heard about God’s Son
Tell me: do you know what He’s done?
Do you know that He died and rose again
He conquered death!
If you believe the Man they put on the Cross, Man on the Cross
If you believe, then your salvation is ready; there’s no extra cost;
No extra cost!

Hope for the future; and there’s help for past: Jesus, Jesus
Our God’s in control and His kingdom will last: it will; it will
So we’ll place our trust and our future in Him: Jesus, Jesus
He’s the beginning and He is the end: Jesus, Jesus

So, brothers, we’ve heard about God’s Son
And, yes, we know what He’s done
We know that He died and He rose again:
There’s hope for all!
If we believe the One they put on the Cross, Man on the Cross
If we believe, then our salvation is ready; he’s paid the cost;
He’s paid the cost!

Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith.”

Romans 8:1 “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

Ephesians 2:8 “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”

Please note: The reference to Prozac is not a jibe at people who use Prozac (Fluoxetine, an antidepressant of the selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitor (SSRI) type) or any other antidepressant.

A person taking anti-depressants prescribed by a competent medical practitioner should never feel guilty about it. Many have something akin to what Paul referred to as a “thorn in the flesh”(2 Corinthians 12:7 “So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited”).

No Christian should condemn any other Christian for taking prescribed medication: no-one is spiritually better for not taking such medication, nor spiritually worse for taking it: We have all fallen short and we all need God’s grace, and it’s available for all. We all need God’s forgiveness. We all need to be covered by His Blood.

Nevertheless, the only real forgiveness comes from God and the only real comfort comes from God:

2 Corinthians 1 3: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too.” Those who dwell in the Valley of Shadows can be recipients of God’s comfort, and can – and should – comfort others.

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