Laugh At Me

Music HighwayIn John 15:18, Jesus Christ told His disciples the following:

If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you. (NASB)

As most of you Christians are aware, being a Christian can be a lonely experience at times. Many of you and your families are right now enduring much hatred and animosity because of your faith in Christ. Many of you have been falsely accused, slandered, beaten, and seen loved ones imprisoned; most of it for underlying religious reasons. May Jesus Christ continue bearing you on His shoulders which supported His cross. May He provide you strength. Keep your eyes on Him. Keep the faith.

I was immediately made aware of this kind of intolerance when I myself seriously began to follow Christ. First of all, I was raised in a loving, Christian home, and in my late teens, while still in high school, I gave my heart to the Lord. Everything was new. I was reading and studying the Bible for the first time.

But soon after accepting Christ and after studying Bible coorespondence courses from Chrisitian churches, I decided to become affiliated with a church that was very legalistic and strict. Although she came across as being strongly Bible-based, this particular group of believers had a heavy emphasis on those things which does not affect salvation. I now believe that believing and accepting Jesus Christ – His death and resurrection – is all that matters when it comes to salvation.

While in that church membership, I myopically viewed the world as doomed and headed toward destruction unless it only believed in all of my pet doctrines – most of which was Old Testament legalism. I also believed all Protestant churches and denominations that professed Christ were false and under the sway of Satan. Can you believe that? That is what I believed! But there was a price I paid through it all. That price was the tendency toward being separated and isolated from other Christians and family members. This brought me unnecessary persecution.

It was in the world of work where I was “tested” for my beliefs. It was my devotion to legalism that caused me to inwardly scoff and become indifferent and self righteous toward others  – coworkers, supervisors, and acquaintances. I knew I was different. And I felt the rejection. I sensed being gossiped against. I endured and continued moving on.

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Orchestral Tubular Bells

If you are a Christian and are now dealing with some opposition, remember that we Christians are wearing clothing that appear very different and odd to the world. We are wearing Jesus Christ (Galatians 3:26-27). And because of that, we will at times be mocked and laughed at. Let us expect this and witness the Light.

During that time that I mentioned, I remember singing to myself the YouTube song below, Laugh At Me. It was an “oldie”, but not that old back then. As a new, overly self-absorbed Christian, I embraced the song, changed the lyrics and used it as a vendetta song against the cruel, cold and evil world around me. You see, I was trying to earn God’s favor by doing rather than loving and allowing Christ to do His work for others through the Holy Spirit within me. Today, I only look back at it all and laugh at myself.

This song has a wonderful music sound track! Its instruments include great percussion which crescendoes awesomely, levels off solemnly and then peaks triumphantly to the end. It contains beautiful sounds of orchestral pipes throughout the piece. I am sure many of you are familiar with the song. Enjoy.

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Single

Laugh At Me (1965)
lyrics – Sonny Bono
music – Sonny Bono
sung by – Sonny Bono
genre – Pop
side B – Tony
album – Inner Views (1967)

 

(intro)
“I never thought I’d cut a record by myself but I got somethin’ I wanna say. I want to say it for Cher and I hope I say it for a lot of people”.

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(lyrics)
Why can’t I be like any guy?
Why do they try to make me run?
Son of a gun, now

What do they care, about the clothes I wear?
Why get their kicks from making fun, yeah?

This world’s got a lot of space
And if they don’t like my face
It ain’t me that’s going anyplace, no

So I don’t care
Let ’em laugh at me
If that’s the fare
I have to pay to be free

Then baby, laugh at me,
And I’ll cry for you
And I’ll pray for you
And I’ll do all the things
That the Man upstairs says to do

I’ll do ’em for you
I’ll do ’em
I’ll do ’em all for you

It’s gotta stop someplace
It’s gotta stop sometime

I’ll make sure that she’s mine
And maybe the next guy
That don’t wear a silk tie
He can walk by and say hi

Say, hi
Instead of why
Instead of why
Instead of why babe

Instead of why
What did I do to you?
I don’t know what to do

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One Response to Laugh At Me

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