Adam and Eve;
The First True Love

by Leroy Thompson
Interim VP of Academic Affairs
Bacone College
Muskogee, OK

“When God made you, He must have been thinking about me.”  So says one of the first songs of “My Deliverer” as it provides the musical background for the opening ballet of the program.  Through dance, the ballet captures the intimate and innocent relationship between Adam and Eve.  It reminds us that everybody loves love.  Poets write about it, artists try to capture it, and singers never tire of putting it to music.  But after all these centuries of celebrating love no one can really explain it.  I remember years ago when I was first starting to think about relationships, I asked an older guy the question that goes through everyone’s mind at some point their lives, “How will I know if I’m in love?” The answer was  a classic, “Don’t worry, brother.  You’ll know!”  The answer wasn’t particularly helpful.  However, when I fell in love, I discovered that he was right.  You just know when you are loved.  No one has to tell you that you are loved, you just know it. People in love do things that don’t make sense to anyone else.  In fact, that’s one of the ways we identify people in love.  We watch people in love and muse to each other, “Must be love.” We laugh and joke about it but we know it’s true because we probably did things out of love that didn’t make sense to anyone else.  

Adam and Eve were in love but “My Deliverer” goes on to depict what happened to that innocence.   In the midst of this beautiful, romantic scene, Guns and Roses’ “Welcome to the Jungle” is danced out by demons who plague the happy couple and eventually drive them out to wander east of Eden, never to find that innocence again—except in the love of God. That really is the message of “My Deliverer.”   The innocence that was lost so long ago, caused conflict between Adam from Eve, created ecological disaster and cut people off from God is restored by the One who is “My Deliverer.”  His name is Jesus.  Out of His love for us, God did something that didn’t make any sense:   He gave His Son to die for people like me.  If you’ve ever wondered, “How can I know God loves me?” look at Jesus, then, as my old mentor said, “Don’t worry, you’ll know!” Then you will be able to say, “My Deliverer!”