Last week you submitted songs spanning 4 decades that evoked lying, deception and the occasional bit of truthtelling. It was hard to choose between them, but I’ve settled on “The Hurricane” by Bob Dylan, which is probably the most literal illustration of the Ninth Word – “Do not bear false witness against your neighbour.” So, a copy of TEN will soon be winging its way to Sean Stillman. Click here to listen to the playlist on Spotify.
This week the Eighth Word is up – “Do not steal.” I quote a song lyric at the beginning of each chapter in the book – except this one. I struggled to find one that captivated me, so instead I quoted Martin Luther:
“If we look at mankind in all its conditions, it is nothing but a vast, wide stable full of great thieves.”
So, what song lyric should I have included for this Word? Post it in the comments below, along with the artist and perhaps an explanation for your choice. Best one wins a copy of TEN.
A serendipity this morning is that my friend Clay is visiting from Houston – his wisdom is liberally sprinkled throughout the book. In the chapter for this week’s Word, the pastor, John, describes getting stung by a “Nigerian scam.” That’s autobiographical, and Clay was the person I called after I found out. Here’s the advice he gave me, which you can find on page 89:
“When someone steals from you, you need to find someone else to help out financially. Because what’s worse than being stolen from is to let the thief steal your desire to be generous. To let the thief steal your desire to help your neighbor. To let the thief steal your ability to trust others, and, I guess, to trust God.”
I’m off to get a cup of coffee with Clay at the setting for the book, Third Street Stuff. I look forward to seeing what songs you come up with – and I hope you’ll take a listen to last week’s playlist on Spotify.