God Believes in Claude

I grew up with the musical Hair, which I saw on Broadway at probably a younger age than I should have seen it. Every once in a while, the words to one of the songs (I know most of them by heart) starts running through my head.

The song lyrics that came the other day are from the song Manchester, England. They repeated in my mind (and, OK, I sang it out loud as well) more than a few times before I actually sat up and took notice. The character, Claude Hooper Bukowski, sings:

I believe in God, and I believe that God believes in Claude, that’s me, that’s me.

To say I believe in God says something significant. Hopefully when we affirm our belief in God we affirm more than the fact of God’s existence; our affirmation of our belief in God hopefully has meaning for how we live our lives.

But it seems to me to say something more to affirm not only my belief in God, but my belief that God believes in me. I hear that line as affirming that I know God knows me with particularity. That I know that God has me in God’s mind and heart. That I know God values me. That I know that God believes I have a contribution to make to the building of God’s kingdom.

Ask yourself: Do you believe in a God who believes in you? And if yes, what difference that does make in your life?

3 thoughts on “God Believes in Claude

  1. Thanks for highlighting those lyrics from a musical I got to see on Broadway as a sophomore in HS, even against the initial objections from parents! Poignant then and the message of Claude’s birth sign – Aquarius – is still so needed today:

    Harmony and understanding
    Sympathy and trust abounding
    No more falsehoods or derisions
    Golden living dreams of visions…

  2. What difference does it make? In one sense, no difference. No difference because that truth doesn’t have to “do anything” except “be”. Surely without that truth I would be at the mercy of rampant, purposeless absurdity. Yet it presence is so constant and pervasive I can take it for granted.

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