What’s Ticky-Tacky?

I can’t get that song out of my head!  Every Sunday in April we used it as our worship countdown.  And the song just parked itself in my life and won’t go away.  “Little boxes on a hillside, little boxes made of ticky-tacky…”  It’s the funnest song to sing. Especially driving around the suburbs with your windows down. ‘Cuz I’m just that cool.

But you can’t make a politically world-changing drive through the neighborhood without all the facts.  So, what’s ticky-tacky?

Turns out ticky-tacky is the whole point. It’s the stuff they used to build suburban tract housing in the ’60’s when the song was written.  It’s cheap. It’s low quality. Basically, it’s crap.

“But whenever someone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” (2 Corinthians 3:16-17)

Or, said another way, don’t let the ticky-tacky keep you in a  box.


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