Living on the Edge

I hopped on my bike this past weekend to attend an event out on the East end. Just before setting out, I turned on my favorite riding playlist and selected random shuffle. The first song that came up was ‘Livin on the Edge’ by Aerosmith. Now that’s a great song to start out on and it sounds even better at Parkway speeds. But as I listened to the lyrics, my thoughts were captivated by the opening lines.

There’s somethin’ wrong with the world today
I don’t know what it is
Something’s wrong with our eyes
We’re seein’ things in a different way
And God knows it ain’t His
It sure ain’t no surprise
We’re livin on the edge.

Jesus once said that the eyes are the window of the soul and if one’s eyes are good then the whole body will be filled with light, but if the eyes are bad then the body will be filled with darkness. In other words, how we perceive things affects who we are and who we become. I couldn’t help but notice the similarity between these words of Jesus and the opening 7 lines of Livin on the Edge. I had to wonder if the song writers weren’t inspired by these very words. Truth is, 2000 years after Jesus preached and 24 years after Tyler, Perry and Hudson put pen to paper, there are far more things wrong in this world. But what’s truly troubling is that the problem can be traced to the way we view the world. As the band so eloquently put it, “We’re seeing things in a different way and God knows it ain’t His.” Somewhere along the line, we got way off track. As society moved further away from a traditional God centered view of the world, our eyes grew increasingly dim. We certainly thought that we were enlightened but according to Jesus, we were simply being filled with darkness rather than light, error in place of truth. Jesus concluded His remarks about the eyes by saying: “if the light within you is darkness, how great the darkness.” In other words, if that which we call truth, justice and righteousness is actually falsehood, injustice and unrighteousness then we are terribly deceived and in danger of no longer being able to discern the truth. Aerosmith ironically concludes their song with: there’s something right with the world today and everybody knows it’s wrong. Sounds to me like they already got the message.

There are many things promoted by society today that are just plain wrong. It may be declared right by the media, by Hollywood, by politicians and celebrities alike but everybody knows it’s wrong. I can’t help but marvel at how dark, that which the society calls light has become.

You think about that…
God bless you and See you on the road.

Bob Anton
Chaplain: Long Island Lights Chapter of the Christian Motorcyclists Association
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