What do you get when you take some of the most catchy and popular You Tube videos and incorporate them into one mega You Tube video? Pork And Beans? Yup. That’s right. Alternative rock band Weezer’s new You Tube hit Pork And Beans has had well over one million viewers to date and it was just released digitally April 24th of this year. Who would have guessed that something called Pork And Beans would become the new rage of the video world for viewers?
An interesting fact on the origin of Pork And Beans – the song/video is the product of the alternative rock band being told that they need to become more “commercialized”. Throughout their song, a strong theme of doing their own thing runs heavily through its veins. They boldly announce that they don’t care what others think and they are going to “do the things that [they] wanna do”.
Have you ever had someone tell you what to do and LOVED every moment of it? Not likely, huh? We all tend to freeze in the moment. Our body stops cold, our face turns to stone, and running through our heads is the saying (or something similar to it), “Oh you didn’t just tell me what to do…”
We hear Weezer’s lyrics following a similar tune:
Imma do the things that i wanna do
I ain’t got a thing to prove to you
I’ll eat my candy with the pork and beans…
no, i don’t care
i don’t care
i don’t care
i don’t care
i don’t care
i don’t care
The Bible says that we are all born sinful:
Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity,
And in sin my mother conceived me. (Psalm 51:5).
Hmmmm…and we wonder why we balk at the idea of anyone other than ourselves trying to tell us what to do. If we go way back to the beginning with Adam and Eve, we see the attitude displayed when they decided to reject God’s command and eat the apple. According to Genesis, there thought process went like this – “If I eat of this apple, I will be like God?” So what did they do? They ate the apple of course! This “I am God” attitude is especially prevalent in the society we live in. Daily, we see those around us (and ourselves) choose to be like God. If you look hard, you will see this outlook at the root of every sin – even the small sins.
As Christians, we are called to something higher than just following the mainstream society in the “do what pleases me” mentality. Christ calls us to deny ourselves, and pick up His cross and follow Him.
One day when large groups of people were walking along with him, Jesus turned and told them, “Anyone who comes to me but refuses to let go of father, mother, spouse, children, brothers, sisters—yes, even one’s own self!—can’t be my disciple. Anyone who won’t shoulder his own cross and follow behind me can’t be my disciple. (Luke 14:27).
Like Weezer, we are all tempted to gratify our own needs, wants and desires instead of following in the footsteps of Christ – the One who created us, loves us, and wants only what is best for us. Even the Apostle Paul’s spirit struggled in this area:
We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin. I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it. (Romans 7:14-20).
We need to do as Paul did and rely on the Holy Spirit’s power to guide us and give us His guidance in picking up Christ’s cross and following him.
Use Weezer’s Pork And Beans as a transitioning tool in conversation with your friends and family. Feel free to use some or all of the questions below to start the conversation:
- Share with your friends a time when you cringed when an authority told you what to do. Ask them to share a similar experience with you.
- Tell them about Paul, Jesus’ friend, and how he even struggled with authority.
- Ask your friends if they have ever desired to be a part of something bigger than themselves. Listen then share how Christ has called all of us to become His children and then to pick up His cross and follow Him.
Let’s make a wake in society and go against the grain and listen and follow what our Creator has asked us each to do, FOLLOW HIM and share your faith with those around you…
Jeannae Flageolle serves as a writer for Dare 2 Share Ministries International (D2S) in Arvada, Colorado, a ministry committed to energizing and equipping teenagers to know, live, share and own their faith in Jesus. For more information about D2S, please visit www.dare2share.org.