Running from Truth ~ Nowhere Fast

“And you’ll always be the only thing that I just can’t be without.”

Greetings Dear Reader,

The song at the end of this post is from the movie, Streets of Fire. In 1984 one could make Action-Adventure Rock Operas. I feel it is an underrated movie with an amazing cast of actors who would go places. The first song in the movie is called nowhere fast. I want to ponder for a moment the vital truth hidden in this obscure song.

When we run from the truth, we are making mindless laps, spinning the hamster wheel, and fighting for the chance to be last. There are places where being last is dangerous. It seems like the world is in a race to the bottom whilst claiming to be fighting for truth and justice. Instead, I see us fighting for the chance to be last.

We think we have outgrown simple truths like love your neighbor and love the Father with all you are. We say that we want everyone to have freedom as long as that freedom is the kind of freedom we like. You can have any kind of ice cream you want as long as it is chocolate. We run from the truth that everything we do, build, or possess is only the Father extending grace to us so that we can find his love.

The idea is that within this song are some lines of truth that reveal the kernel of my thinking on the subject. I tried to push away the idea of including this in the series of thoughts but that would be running from vital truth. So, here it is. The intent of the song is that she is singing about a guy. That is fine. I believe in authorial intent. The line that possesses eternal truth also applies to a “guy” but that guy is Jesus.

When she sings “And you’ll always be the only thing that I just can’t be without.” It touches me at my core. The only thing I need is Jesus. Any equivocation on this is running from the truth. Since all truth is God’s truth, I must embrace that anything less than Christ alone is shading the facts. The simple truths seem to be the most profound for me. I am sure you reading this and thinking, well yes.

Here it is though; if this is true then our application of it is very poor. Living in any moment without the presence of Christ is fighting for the chance to be last. It is thinking we are fine without Jesus for that moment. This is going nowhere fast in direct opposition to the truth. We still, however, double down on the accelerator to run from this fact. We may only do it for an instant or maybe for years. We still do it.

I am increasingly convinced of the simplicity of the Gospel. It is this: Love the Father with all that you are. Follow the Son in faith in every moment. Love your fellow humans and help them along the way. What is so genuinely amazing about all of it is that the Father promises us the grace and mercy to do this. He then gives us the will and power to do it through the Spirit. We will look at how theology can be running from truth tomorrow. For today, Dear Reader, give the song a listen and consider how running from truth gets us nowhere fast.

Nowhere Fast

Lying in your bed and on a Saturday night
You’re sweatin’ buckets and it’s not even hot
But your brain has got the message
And it’s sending it out
To every nerve and every muscle you’ve got

You’ve got so many dreams
That you don’t know where to put ‘em
So you’d better turn a few of ’em loose
Your body’s got a feeling that it’s starting to rust
You’d better rev it up and put it to use

And I don’t know how I ever thought that I could make it all alone
When you only make it better
And it better be tonight
And we’ll fly away on those angel wings of chrome in your daddy’s car
Waiting there for you tonight
I’ll be there for you tonight

Even if you don’t have anywhere to go
You go down on the pedal and you’re ready to roll
And even if you don’t have anywhere to go
You go down on the pedal and you’re ready to roll
And your speed
Is all you’ll ever need
All you’ll ever need to know
Darlin’, darlin’

You and me we’re goin’ nowhere slowly
And we’ve gotta get away from the past
There’s nothin’ wrong with goin’ nowhere, baby
But we should be goin’ nowhere fast

Everybody’s goin’ nowhere slowly
They’re only fighting for the chance to be last
There’s nothin’ wrong with goin’ nowhere, baby
But we should be goin’ nowhere fast
It’s so much better goin’ nowhere fast

Stalkin’ in the shadows by the light of the moon
It’s like a prison and the night is a cell
Goin’ anywhere has gotta be heaven tonight
’Cause stayin’ here has gotta be hell
Dyin’ in the city like a fire on the water
Let’s go runnin’ on the back of the wind
There’s gotta be some action on the face of the earth
And I’ve gotta see your face once again

And I don’t know where I ever got the bright idea that I was cool
So alone and independent
But I’m depending on you now
And you’ll always be the only thing that I just can’t be without
And I’m out for you tonight
I’m comin’ out for you tonight

Even if you don’t have anywhere to go
You go down on the pedal and you’re ready to roll (ready to roll)
Even if you don’t have anywhere to go
You go down on the pedal and you’re ready to roll
And your speed
Is all you’ll ever need
All you’ll ever need to know
Darlin’, darlin’

You and me we’re goin’ nowhere slowly
And we’ve gotta get away from the past
There’s nothin’ wrong with goin’ nowhere, baby
But we should be goin’ nowhere fast

Everybody’s goin’ nowhere slowly
They’re only fighting for the chance to be last
There’s nothin’ wrong with goin’ nowhere, baby
But we should be goin’ nowhere fast

Godspeed, Godspeed, Godspeed, Speed us away
Godspeed, Godspeed, Godspeed, Speed us away
Godspeed, Godspeed, Godspeed, Speed us away
(We’re goin’ nowhere fast) Godspeed
(We’re goin’ nowhere fast) Godspeed
(We’re goin’ nowhere fast) Godspeed, Speed us away

Wishing you joy in the journey,

Aramis Thorn
Mat 13:52 So Jesus said to them, “That is why every writer who has become a disciple of Christ’s rule of the universe is like a homeowner. He liberally hands out new and old things from his great treasure store.”
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Every human story is part of the great story that leads to the Father getting everything back to Good.

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