By following a link from Dave’s cartoon blog, I found a blog by the name of a blokey called Ian. One of his posts was about singing one song to the tune of another, one example being singing Amazing Grace to the tune of the House of the Rising Sun. The most notable comment on this entry, though, was made by the person who remembers singing ‘Why don’t you put your trust in Jesus’ to the Match of the Day theme tune. This may not seem significant, but it is to me.
I did not attend church regularly as a child, as neither of my parents were churchgoing (I’ll sidestep the issue of whether they were/are Christians or not – too deep for this post). However, one year, I did attend a summer activity scheme at my local church (something I would now know as a Holiday Bible Club, I guess). I only remember a few things about it, the ‘trust in Jesus’ song mentioned above being the one that stands out the most. For those who are in the least bit interested, it goes like this:
Why don’t you put your trust in Jesus
and ask him to come in?
He saw your need from up in heaven
and died to save your sin.
Why don’t you take him as your saviour
and let him hold your hand?
He will strengthen, guide and keep you
’til you reach the promised land.
Having sung this, I remember going home and telling Mum, "I know where the Match of the Day theme tune comes from." I found Mum’s explanation that the theme tune came first hard to swallow. In my young mind, hymn tunes (for that is what the Jesus song was to me at the time) were older than any other music, especially title music for football programmes.
Btw, being married now to a footie nut, I find these lyrics recurring far more often than before. As far as my memory is concerned, that tune has words that talk about trusting Jesus!
Footnote: When I became a Christian, I actually attended the church in question until going away to Uni. I have just found myself wondering whether any prayers said by the youth team at that time, perhaps for the nervous young girl who appeared to find it hard to mix with other kids, may have had something to do with that!