I Don’t Belong!
By Dennis Huebshman
Buddy Greene has written numerous songs, and besides “Mary Did You Know?”, one of my all-time favorites is “I Don’t Belong!” My wife and I were privileged to see him in person in Tyler, Texas several years ago, and to say he was inspiring would be an understatement.
When we truly accept Jesus as our Savior, and begin to realize what is waiting for us after our life here has ended; there comes a longing to go home. As with the line in the song “Beulah Land”, “I’m kinda homesick, for a country; to which I’ve never been before.”; “I Don’t Belong” is very relevant. (emphasis mine)
Buddy’s song covers a lot of territory from what is currently negative, to the positive side that lies ahead. This song was from 1994, and called “Sojourner’s Song (I Don’t Belong)”. It grows more real every day.
(v.1) It’s not home; where men sell their souls; and the taste of power is sweet. Where wrong is right, and neighbors fight; while the hungry are dyin in the streets. Where kids are abused, and women are used; and the weak are crushed by the strong. Nations gone mad; Jesus is sad; and I Don’t Belong.
(chorus) I don’t belong, and I’m going someday; home to my own native land. I don’t belong, and it seems like I hear, the sound of a “welcome Home” band. I don’t belong, I’m a foreigner here; just singing a sojourner’s song. I’ve always known; this place ain’t home; and I don’t belong.
(v.2) I don’t belong, but while I’m here, I’ll be livin like I’ve nothing to lose. And while I breathe; I’ll just believe; My Lord is gonna see me though. I’ll not be deceived; by earth’s make-believe; No, I’ll close my ears to her siren’s song. By prasin His name; and I’m not ashamed, cause I don’t belong.
(V.3) And I belong, to a kingdom of peace; where only love is the law. Where children lead; and captives are freed; and God becomes a baby on the straw. Where dead men live, and rich men give, their kingdoms to by back a song. Where sinners like me, become royalty; and we’ll all belong!
(final chorus) Yes, I belong, and I’m going someday; home to my own native land. Where I’ll belong, and it seems like I hear the sound of a “Welcome Home” band. Yes, I’ll belong, no foreigner there; singin a sojourner’s song. I’ve always known; I’m goin Home; where I belong. Yes I’ve always known; this place ain’t home; and I Don’t Belong.”
If someone were to take just the first stanza and nothing else, this world would just about be depressing beyond tolerance. From the time this song was written to now, all the negative “junk” has only increased. All the negative attitudes of 2 Timothy 3:1-5 are no longer the exception, but more the rule.
“But understand this, that in the last days, there will come times of difficulty. (2) For people will be lovers of self; lovers of money; proud; arrogant; abusive; disobedient to their parents; ungrateful; unholy; (3) heartless; unappeasable; slanderous; without self-control; brutal; not loving good; (4) treacherous; reckless; swollen with conceit; lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God; (5) having the appearance of godliness, but denying the power. Avoid such people.”
This whole section is quite a mouthful, but those last three words; “Avoid such people” is much easier said than done these days. His “where wrong is right” is straight from Isaiah 5:20, “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.”
A lot of this “new attitude” is being given the “green-light” in so-called evangelical services where the true word of the Father is being twisted. People who the bible would label as false prophets are saying that alternate lifestyles are no longer sinful, but are now suddenly “acceptable” to God. By saying “alternate”, this covers all the letters of the groups that are popular today. The bible says these are an “abomination”, and for any pastor that says this is now acceptable is making a mockery of God’s word. This is covered in Galatians 6:7, “Do not be deceived; God is not mocked; for whatever one sows, that will he also reap.”
The younger generations are being programmed by liberal teachers, video games and movies that lack morals that would have been censored just a decade or so ago. They are “desensitized” as to what is sin, and told that whatever they “believe” to be right is good. Satan is a master of deceit, and he is not being seriously challenged in our schools and even in many churches today. In fact, for many in their late teens to early 30’s, Christianity is becoming an after-thought. True believers are being called “haters” because we don’t accept the deviant lifestyles.
You can have a “church of satan”, but don’t put up a nativity; there can be statues of satyrs in front of courthouses, but don’t display the 10 Commandments. Business owners are being sued for not violating their spiritual beliefs, and are refusing to cater to the LGBT(and the rest). Of course, there are secular businesses who would gladly fill their orders, but then the Christians would be let off the hook, and we can’t have that.
The second stanza is a call to turn away from the new perceived normal, and to seek Jesus; asking Him to forgive us and come into our lives. We must have faith that no matter what happens here, if we believe in Jesus, our eternity will be secure with Him. We don’t follow the continuing downward spiral of this earth that is taking place, and we’re not ashamed to call Him our Savior. (Luke 9:26)
Next is an illustration of what God meant for us who will be a part of the Heavenly kingdom. Peace and Love – the real kind, not the hippie version of the 1960”s – are the law of the land called Heaven. God’s promises abound, and all sinners can be forgiven, and made whole.
Last, but not least, all true believers who accept Jesus and have a relationship with Him understands this earth is temporary, and we’re just “visitors” here. Our destination lies beyond anything satan would like you to believe we must have here. Our “Welcome Home” band will begin with a shout of an Arch Angel and a blast from a trumpet or shofar. We will rise up from this sin-filled earth to meet our Savior in the air. (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 1 Corinthians 15:51-53) We could hear this on any day and at any moment now. There are no more prophecies that must be fulfilled before the Rapture takes place.
God will keep His promise and send Jesus to “gather up” all believers from this earth before the wrath begins. He cannot lie as given in Titus 1:2. The call will be for all who have accepted Jesus up to that point; all who believe that He came to earth just as the bible says to provide a way for our sins to be covered; and that by His death, burial and resurrection has conquered sin and death for us once and for all. True believers know that Jesus is the only way to the Father (John 14:6), not one of many ways as false prophets would have you believe.
Satan would like for you to believe you cannot do without the “pleasures” of this earth. Three are many who accept his lies, and don’t consider their eternal destiny. Revelation 20:11-15 gives their final address – the Lake of Fire along with satan and his demons which was made specifically for them. (Matthew 25:41)
There is no particular “ceremony” or special speech one need to do to ask Jesus to save them. You can talk to Him out loud, or even in your mind, as long as you truly let Him know you want forgiveness for your sins. You can tell Him you repent and want to turn away from your habitual sin, and follow His will. He knows we are not able to be sinless just because we have accepted Him, and has provided a pathway to forgiveness in 1 John 1:8-10. The Holy Spirit will be sent to live in us. (John 14:16-17; Romans 8:1 and 1 Timothy 1:14 as examples.)
We need to remember, as the chorus plainly states, “I’ve always known; this place ain’t home; and I Don’t Belong.” An old hymn from 1893 says, “When the trumpet of the Lord shall sound, and time shall be no more…and the roll is called up yonder, I’ll be there.” Your assurance of this is in Joel 2:32; Acts 2:21 and Romans 10:13 – All who call on the name of the Lord will be saved.
The only time we will be truly satisfied, will be when we are with Jesus. For now, we aren’t home, but soon will be. Call Him today; you’ll have a home prepared for you by Him personally, that will be waiting for you. (John 14:1-3)
Looking for, longing for, waiting for and Hoping for His soon return.