Three secular songs that have spiritual applications!

In 1984, a song by Huey Lewis and the News reached #6 on the U. S. Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on the Dance Club Play chart entitled I Want a New Drug. This song that had such success on the charts contained some very interesting lyrics! J Lewis, who wrote the song, sings, “I want a new drug, one that won’t make me sick, one that won’t make me crash my car, one that won’t make me nervous wonderin what to do, one that won’t go away, one that won’t keep me up all night, or make me sleep all day!” The song continues on with more interesting lyrics that describe some of the drawbacks of drug usage. But many people, like Lewis, do want a new drug. One that makes them happy, but does not have so many side-effects! People sometimes find themselves bored, or sad, or depressed, and drug usage seems to help for the moment, but latter the hangover can be painful! People want to feel happy and have a good time, and often our culture offers drugs (including liquor) as a popular way to obtain fun! But might there be a better way??

The rock band “The Rolling Stones” also wrote an interesting song entitled Satisfaction. The lyrics to this song stated, “I can’t get no, satisfaction! I’ve tried, and I’ve tried, and I’ve tried, but I can’t get no, satisfaction!” The lead guitar player, Keith Richards, who wrote the song, stated that the song came to him after a long night of partying. He woke up the next morning and looked around at all of the liquor bottles, beer cans, and drug paraphernalia, and thought, he was still “not satisfied.” But one could only wonder how a very successful band, with millions of fans, tons of friends & girl friends, lots of money, fame, popularity, and whatever else money could buy, how these guys were not satisfied?!? A third musician, Mickey Gilley, had a hit song entitled Lookin for Love. In his song he sang: “I’ve been, lookin for love in all the wrong places.” It seems as though Mickey had been looking for a partner, but in all the places he was looking she was not there. When he finally found her, he realized that he had been looking in all the wrong places!

Well, even though all these songs are considered Secular music, they sure do have a lot to teach us regarding Spiritual wisdom! And even though the Bible says that God, “richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment” (1 Tim. 6:17, NIV), it also says that, “the pleasures of sin are only for a season” (Heb. 11:25, KJV). Yes, people want to feel good, and to be happy, but taking pain pills or drinking alcohol is not always the best solution. And yes, though one may have all “this world” has to offer - popularity, friends, money, & success - they still may not be satisfied. Because, although those things may be needed, they do not bring ultimate satisfaction. And finally, though all of us may be looking for the love of a parent, the love of a friend, or the love of a boy friend or girl friend, we might be looking in all the wrong places when trying to find the Love that only God, our creator, can provide!

In conclusion, the Bible teaches that you are not just a product of evolution, but rather a creation of God![1] And God created you to have a relationship with him! Yes, God did make pleasure, and happiness! He also created love & satisfaction! But he wants you to first look to Him! He wants to meet all of these needs for you! He can take you higher than any drink or drug, love you more than any human, and satisfy you more than anything this world has to provide! After all, he made you and knows just what you need & desire! Won’t you give him a chance today? Then you will find out for yourself that He is that new drug that gives satisfaction & love! Allow God/Jesus to be the Lord/boss of your life. Trust Him, and you will be singing for yourself Charles Gabriel’s lyrics, “How marvelous, oh how wonderful, is my Saviors’ love for me!” J Or take it from the author of this tract, who knows all of these things personally, Jesus is the drug that satisfies life’s deepest longings! And If you have any questions regarding this tract, please email me at: Thank you!

[1] See also my tract entitled “Is Evolution really true?”