Folk Song Has Good Perspective

Back in my childhood I listened to a lot of folk music including Burl Ives, Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger and the Kingston Trio.  There is one particular song that seems to pass through my cinema of remembrance quite often.  Peter, Paul and Mary sang it but the one I always hear is by the Kingston Trio. The song is “Lemon Tree.”

Lemon tree, very pretty and the lemon flower is sweet,
but the fruit of the poor lemon is a thing one cannot eat.

Not everything that starts out good and beautiful ends that way.  Sin is a brutal example.  So often sin wears a beautiful costume.  People are prone to see only the beauty but fail to see the hidden poison and death beneath.  Yes, a lemon tree is beautiful, the flower smells so sweet, but the fruit is sour.

How many times are we fooled by pretty, harmless things that turn out to be horrible, life altering mistakes?  Proverbs pictures foolishness as a beautiful woman who can beguile with her attractiveness (Proverbs 5:3; 6:24; 7:21).  Remember all the advertisements for alcohol and tobacco? You never saw a battered wife or beaten child running in terror from a drunken father in any of the ads.  You never saw the broken COPD patient wheeling an oxygen bottle everywhere just to be able to breath yet these are often the results of a life given to these to substances.

We need to investigate beyond the first glance and discern good from evil.  Don’t be duped by the devil’s wiles.  Watch out for the beautiful lemon tree it might offer only sourness an bitterness.

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One Comment on “Folk Song Has Good Perspective”

  1. Shanda Says:

    Tell me about it! Except the sour fruit can also be that of a handsome man too.


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