Pop Pulpit



Just Give Me a Reason by P!nk

Reduce, Re-use, Recycle – is the mantra of the modern age. And if we are to ever stop the polar ice caps melting (or get them to melt less quickly) we need to learn to use all three parts of the mantra.

We are beginning to learn to recycle but that is still processing waste and I think the message about reducing – living simply so that others may simply live – is getting through as well. Certainly any ‘in your face’ opulence by the rich and famous will be given the hair dryer treatment by the tabloid press.

It’s the ‘Re-use’ part of this Trinity of Care for Creation that we seem to miss out on. Since the discovery of plastic materials we have lived in a throw away society which see things as disposable rather than repairable.

P!nk, in her song ‘Just Give Me a Reason’ applies this failing to our personal relationships and not only our possessions. We have become so used to life as consumers that we can be tempted to treat each other as disposable objects. Things get a little ‘bent’ and we think that’s it and trade our relationships for new shiny ones that tarnish just as quickly as we rush to meet our own needs above the care of others.

Yes, if you are in a relationship that is abusive and violence get out of it – there are plenty of good people around who will give you help. But if things can be fixed learn to stick with it, sometimes the best parts of any relationship (or society) are the hard times you survive together. How often do you hear people long for the depth of community spirit that was the fruit of ‘Blitz Britain’ during the Second World War?

If we treat people as objects, things that can be used and then thrown away, we will end up with an empty plastic society. We are not broken, just bent. We, You and I and the whole world ‘can learn to love again’.

FXR Pop Pulpit – Broadcast 22 January 2016

© Andrew Dotchin 2016

Just Give Me A Reason” (feat. Nate Ruess)

Right from the start

You were a thief

You stole my heart

And I your willing victim

I let you see the parts of me

That weren’t all that pretty

And with every touch you fixed them

Now you’ve been talking in your sleep, oh, oh

Things you never say to me, oh, oh

Tell me that you’ve had enough

Of our love, our love

Just give me a reason

Just a little bit’s enough

Just a second we’re not broken just bent

And we can learn to love again It’s in the stars

It’s been written in the scars on our hearts

We’re not broken just bent

And we can learn to love again

I’m sorry I don’t understand

Where all of this is coming from

I thought that we were fine

(Oh, we had everything)

Your head is running wild again

My dear we still have everythin’

And it’s all in your mind

(Yeah, but this is happenin’)

You’ve been havin’ real bad dreams, oh, oh

You used to lie so close to me, oh, oh

There’s nothing more than empty sheets

Between our love, our love

Oh, our love, our love

Just give me a reason…..

Oh, tear ducts and rust

I’ll fix it for us

We’re collecting dust

But our love’s enough

You’re holding it in

You’re pouring a drink

No nothing is as bad as it seems

We’ll come clean

Just give me a reason…..

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