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Ain’t No Sunshine – Bill Withers

Posted by Tim Melton on April 19, 2010

Last Friday, I wrote a post about how dangerous it is for Christians to lose confidence in the work of the Holy Spirit – in Word, Sacrament, and through the Church (click Here to read that post).  How tragic it is when a Christian or a church body puts its confidence in the flesh to accomplish the work of Christ, rather than in resting upon and depending upon the work of the Holy Spirit.  Romans 7 describes the life of the Christian when he becomes dependent upon the flesh.  Paul says, “I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.  For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do—this is what I keep on doing.”

O Wretched man that I am!” says Paul in response to this struggle. For this is the predicament of the Christian who turns away from dependence upon the Spirit.  Wretched.  And not only can an individual Christian make this error, so can an entire Church.  In Revelation 3, St. John describes the church at Laodicea as making this same mistake.  Of this church, Christ says, “But you do not realize that you are Wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked.” In this, Christ describes an orphan…and that is ‘functionally’ what believer’s become when they resist the life giving power and love of the Holy Spirit.  We become orphans.

Poetically, when I think of this lack of trust in the Spirit, I think of the song, “Ain’t no Sunshine when she’s gone.”  Now some of you theological sticklers out there are going to recoil.  Relax.  I’m not saying that the Holy Spirit is female.  Nor am I saying that believers can lose their salvation.  Nor am I saying that the Holy Spirit chooses to depart from believers.  I’m not saying anything goofy like that.  What I am saying – what I poetically “feel” in this song – is how tragic, lonely, and despairing a believer is when he forsakes the joy that comes through dependence upon the Holy Spirit.  There is no exaltation of Christ.  There is no Sonshine.  There is no joy.  The house, or the church, no longer feels like a home.  There is no spiritual warmth.  There is only darkness every day.  You get the picture.

The particular video that I have below showcases Bill Wither’s original 1971 version and best captures the feeling that I am going for.  “Wretched man that I am.” As I have stated elsewhere, I find it amazing that such gospel truth can emerge from a secular song; truth that I am sure was never the original intent of the author.  Yet, the Gospel remains transcendent.  The Gospel is sacrosanct.

Lyrics – Ain’t No Sunshine

Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone.
It’s not warm when she’s away.
Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone.
And she’s always gone too long.
Anytime she goes away.

Wonder this time where she’s gone.
wonder if she’s gone to stay.
Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone.
And this house just ain’t no home.
Anytime she goes away.

I know x 16
Gotta leave the young thing alone
There ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone

Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone.
Only darkness every day.
Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone.
And this house just ain’t no home.
Anytime she goes away.
Anytime she goes away.
Anytime she goes away.
Anytime she goes away.

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