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We’re Not Here for a Long Time

Posted on Wednesday, May 8th, 2013 by Dean Brown

His name is Huey Lewis and his music group is called “The News.” They’ve made a Rock song very popular because people like what the song preaches:

There’s a party down on the corner
Do you want to go?
They got rhythm, a little blues
And a whole lot of soul

I don’t care what you’ve got to say
You’re comin’ with me anyway
We’re not here for a long time
We’re here for a good time!

Huey Lewis and The News seem to know what the Bible teaches, “Everyone has to die once” (Heb. 9: 27 The Message). So Huey and his friends have decided to turn a seemingly bad thing into something very enticing: party until you croak!

One of my Core Values is having FUN. I love a good joke, can chuckle at comedic humor, and will even heckle with the best of them. But when I listened to Huey’s song on YouTube, I wasn’t having fun. I frowned because I remembered that there’s more to life than just partying heartily until my ticker stops tocking and I get buried six feet under. Here’s the rest of the Hebrews 9 verse that bothered me so much:

Everyone has to die once, then face the consequences.” – Hebrews 9: 27 (emphasis mine)

Don’t you just hate that? I know I’m not here for a long time, but my good time is being wrecked because God says that there are consequences to how I live. I read this in my Bible early this morning: “So then each of us will give an account of himself to God” (Romans 14: 12 ESV). I feel like saying to God, “Thanks a lot, Lord. I’m not here for a long time; so, please just leave me alone and let me have a good time…consequence free!” Huey’s life philosophy agrees:

Some say the world is ending
It might just come to pass
Ain’t no use in pretending
Tonight could be the last

Tell the mailman to hold the mail
Get ready to wag your tail
We’re not here for a long time
We’re here for a good time

But the Lord reminds me that if I “wag [my] tail” the wrong way or to the wrong person, I’ll have to answer for it in eternity. Get a load of these verses, I saw a Great White Throne and the One Enthroned. Nothing could stand before or against the Presence, nothing in Heaven, nothing on earth. And then I saw all the dead, great and small, standing there—before the Throne! And books were opened. Then another book was opened: the Book of Life. The dead were judged by what was written in the books, by the way they had lived. Sea released its dead, Death and Hell turned in their dead. Each man and woman was judged by the way he or she had lived. Then Death and Hell were hurled into Lake Fire. This is the second death—Lake Fire. Anyone whose name was not found inscribed in the Book of Life was hurled into Lake Fire (Revelation 20: 11-15).

I can hear your protest, “Aw, come on, Dean. You don’t believe that stuff, do you? Read Rob Bell’s book, and he’ll let you off the hook so you can party as hearty as you want and never have to face the music for it in Heaven.” I wish I could believe that, but I can’t. I’m a Bible reader and the plain sense of The Book is that we’ll all stand before God one day and give an account for our behavior. I, for one, want to adjust my heart and lifestyle today so I’ll be ready on that Day to face my Maker without fear or shame.

Huey, I’m not here for a long time, and I can have a good time, too. But I’m not going to leave God out of my life. He matters to me now and will really matter when I die. So be careful, Huey, where you wag that thing!