Country Christian — No. 6

Moving right along, here is the latest installment on those country songs that have — at least for me — a Christian message.

I opened the series with Beer with Jesus by Thomas Rhett, way back in October (Oct. 13). Since then I decided to rank my Top 10. I ranked Beer with Jesus fourth as my favorite country songs with a Christian bent. To date, I shared my No. 10 pick, Alabama’s Angels Among Us (Aug. 17); No. 9, Red Dirt Road by Brooks and Dunn before they split up (Aug. 21), No. 8, When I Get Where I’m Going by Brad Paisley (Aug. 25); and No. 7 The Little Girl by John Michael Montgomery (Aug. 29).

Moving up my chart at No. 6 is Watching You by Rodney Atkins.

I chose this song because we parents — especially dads — need a reminder every now and then about our role and this seemed like the perfect example. We have to remember kids don’t learn by what we say, but by what we do.

The song starts with the four year old saying a four letter word after a quick hit of the brakes as his Happy Meal fries “went a flyin’ and his orange drink covered his lap … It started with ‘S’ and I was concerned, So I said, ‘Son, now where’d you learn to talk like that?'”

The little boy beams, “He said, “I’ve been watching you, dad ain’t that cool? I’m your buckaroo, I want to be like you And eat all my food, and grow as tall as you are

“We got cowboy boots and camo pants Yeah, we’re just alike, hey, ain’t we dad I want to do everything you do So I’ve been watching you.”

Oops. When they get home, it’s out to the barn … for Dad.
“I bowed my head and I prayed real hard Said, ‘Lord, please help me help my stupid self’.”

With childlike bliss, the four year ends his day by getting on his knees for bedtime prayers. “He closed his little eyes, folded his little hands Spoke to God like he was talkin’ to a friend And I said, ‘Son, now where’d you learn to pray like that?'”

The boy replies, “…I’ve been watching you, dad ain’t that cool? I’m your buckaroo, I want to be like you…”

Parenthood — and especially fatherhood — is a big responsibility. There are alwats little eyes and little ears soaking in our words and actions. So we better be careful what we say and do … ’cause they’re always watching you.

To remind you of what this series is about, I enjoy country music. It can be raunchy and risque at times, twangy and bring out the best (or worst) of our redneck feelings {aw, come on, we all have them}. But, no matter what, it is always real — addressing real-life issues, warts and all. The country genre lyrics are honest, honest to goodness honest.

But at its root, the country music genre is a compilation of life in America — not the America of cities, but the rural America. It may have been born in the south, but its sound resonates in every state … even upstate New York. Despite its sometimes shortcomings, it buzzes with traditional American values — God, family and country. It’s not unusual to hear a country song with lyrics like “… five-card poker on a Saturday night, church on Sunday morning …” (Boondocks by Little Big Town).

Country music tells a story in less than five minutes, especially contemporary ballads. It’s the lyricist’s story … it’s the singer’s story … It’s your story … It’s my story.

And then there are those times when a country story just stops you in your tracks. Whenever you hear it, you make that connection with God. It returns you to communion.

So this series is about those country songs that have — at least for me — a Christian message.

THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: Too many of us keep looking forward to the good old days.

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4 Responses to Country Christian — No. 6

  1. I love this so much! It touched my heart


  2. Heidi Viars says:

    Ok … I am so not a country music person … but this was wonderful


    • A lot of people are not “country.” I wasn’t either and always said you couldn’t listen to country music without a truck. Then I bought a truck and started listening to some of the songs. They’re honest songs (for the most part) and if listened with the right spirit, comforting and Christian-valued. I don’t always listen to country … but I do include it in the genres I favor. Thanks for the input.


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