Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, pitch-perfect and tone deaf…welcome to today’s edition of Name that Tune…Without the Tune. You will be now presented with a series of clues by which you must guess the song title without having heard one single note. Ready? Here we go.
A top 40’s hit from the 1960’s about conditional love. Got it?
Not a 60’s child? Me neither. But no matter how old you are, you’ve probably heard it on the radio or at a wedding at some point in life. Need a memory jogger? It starts with “You broke my heart, ’cause I couldn’t dance…you didn’t even want me around,” and continues, “But now I’m back to let you know, I can really shake ‘em down.” Now do you remember?
The song is all about the question, “Do you love me now that I can dance?” Apparently the guy really wants to know, ‘cause he keeps asking though he could have easily guessed the answer after the first line. If someone don’t love you ‘cause you can’t dance, they won’t love you when you can.
True love is without restrictions. It doesn’t say, “So you think you can dance? Prove it, and I’ll love you.” It loves despite your deficient dance moves. It sees beyond any flaws in your features. It persists whatever your weaknesses and failings.
One look at the infinite characteristics of true love bears evidence we all fall short. The good news is, God loves us even when we can’t love him. He loves even when we’re powerless to love our enemies, and even when we struggle to love our friends. And by his love, he enables us to love with sincere, supernatural, unfailing, and unconditional…love.
“You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:6-8)