Today is a rant day. You have been forwarned. Okay, maybe it’s not a rant, but I have to tell you the truth. I’m burdened. Yeah, burdened. By something as small and as giant as a Red Solo Cup-well, at least the song. Every time I hear this song I am more troubled. Just this week I saw the video of the song for the first time. I looked it up on youtube as I prepared to write this blog, and was saddened when I saw video after video of preschool children singing the song posted by their proud parents. Elementary school kids are singing it, teenagers are singing it, the grown ups are singing it, it seems like everyone is singing it.
Why does it bug me so much???? I mean, I think Mr Keith probably meant it to be a happy song. The tune is sure catchy. But I can’t help but be saddened by the thought that we are being cheapened by it. We are cheapening ourselves like the cup he sings about. Cheap, disposable and common. I mean really, how many of us hope our daughter grows up to have some wasted guy at a party sharpie his name across her chest, or hope that she struts around with not much of nothin on while some guy checks her out? Do we really hope that our sons will grow up to wear a drinking hat on their head, so wasted they don’t know what’s going on? I don’t think so. How many people hope that their lifelong friend will be a cup of beer? I hope not many, but with the popularity of this song there must be quite a few. Could it be in part because we are being led to believe that what is cheap is to be valued over that which is truly valuable?
The weird thing is that Toby Keith is known for his patriotic songs, not just his drinking ones. He passionately sings about our freedoms. These freedoms he sings about give him the very right to sing what he does. But I hate to think that this cheap freedom is what our forefathers had in mind when they were writing our Constitution. And political freedom aside, I believe that our ultimate freedom comes from Christ, and that He didn’t die for cheap freedoms either. Jesus didn’t die so we could live cheaply. He wasn’t raised so that we would be common. He doesn’t consider people disposable. He sees us as valuable. He sees us as unique. He sees us and He made us for more than cheap, even when we don’t. He made us to last. He made us for forever. He made us for purity, for purpose, for Him, and that is something to celebrate with the One who promises to fill your cup to overflowing.