This evening Itacyara, Mike and I went to Lamoka Baptist Camp to see some friends and hear some good preaching. While we were there, we had the opportunity to see the newest release from Veggitales. Not exacly an art flick, but we enjoyed it. In the movie, a reference was made to the song Desperado by the Eagles. As I reflected on the words on the way home, I began to realize that this song comes as close to giving the message of the Gospel as any secular song ever came. I’m sure these parallels were purely accidental, but they are there none the less. I will share them with you.
Desperado, why don’t you come to your senses?
You been out ridin’ fences for so long now
Man in his natural state, doing what is right in his own eyes (Isaiah 53:6a)
Oh, you’re a hard one
I know that you got your reasons
These things that are pleasin’ you
Can hurt you somehow

Man desires to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a moment. However, in Romans 6:23, we find that the consequence of this pleasure-seeking lifestyle is death.
Don’ you draw the queen of diamonds, boy
She’ll beat you if she’s able
You know the queen of hearts is always your best bet

This is a vivid image on the part of the songwriter about chosing love over money. Too bad he couldn’t go a step further and talk chosing the perfect love of God (Romans 5:6,7 and 8)
Now it seems to me, some fine things
Have been laid upon your table
But you only want the ones that you can’t get

This is an acute observation on human nature. The same concept is seen with Eve, who had all the trees in the garden available to her–yet she ate of the forbidden one. Mankind still finds himself in that position. The love of God is made available to us, yet we want wat we cannot have.
Desperado, oh, you ain’t gettin’ no youger
Your pain and your hunger, they’re drivin’ you home

The mortality of man is seen here (Hebrews 9:27)
And freedom, oh freedom well, that’s just some people talkin’
Your prison is walking through this world all alone

The Bible tells us that nobody is truly free. Either we serve God, or we serve our flesh (Romans 6:13).
Don’t your feet get cold in the winter time?
The sky won’t snow and the sun won’t shine
It’s hard to tell the night time from the day
You’re loosin’ all your highs and lows
Ain’t it funny how the feeling goes away?

The futility of a life built on feelings. Very profound, considering we live in a culture built on feelings.
Desperado, why don’t you come to your senses?
Come down from your fences, open the gate

As close as a secular song has ever come to giving an altar call (Matthew 7:13-14).
It may be rainin’, but there’s a rainbow above you
You better let somebody love you, before it’s too late

The altar call continues. I can only echo the words. God loved you enough to send His Son to die for you (John 3:16). Will you let Him love you?