County Christian — No. 2

Well, we made it to the top two country songs that have a Christian message … at least in my opinion.

Thus far, my ranked songs have been No. 10, 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); No. 7, The Little Girl by John Michael Montgomery (Aug. 29); No. 6, Watching You by Rodney Atkins; No. 5, Three Wooden Crosses by Randy Travis (Sept. 5); No. 4, the actual impetus for the series, Beer with Jesus by Thomas Rhett, way back in October (Oct. 13); and Rodney Atkins was a repeater for my No. 3 pick, If You’re Going Through Hell (Sept. 11).

This song caught my ear quickly after its release in early 2011. It’s by Miranda Lambert, Heart Like Mine.

It’s uptempo for country, but gives us a insight into the life of Miranda Lambert — a little rough around the edges but with a soft heart. From that standpoint, it’s a county Christian standard … and it’s pretty much a story of her life, your life and my life.

The hook is in the chorus …

‘Cause I heard Jesus, He drank wine
I bet we’d get along just fine
He could calm a storm and heal the blind
And I bet He’d understand a heart like mine,

We all need a Jesus who understands our heart, our unpredictable, unprotected heart. We all make some questionable choices in life. We all lose our way. We all have some regrets, but I’m looking forward — as Lambert puts it —

These are the days that I will remember
When my name’s called on a roll
They’ll meet me with two long stem glasses
Make a toast to me coming home …
He’d understand a heart like mine.

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: Opportunities do not limit us as much as we limit ourselves.

About wisdomfromafather

I'm just an ordinary guy walking along the journey of life.
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2 Responses to County Christian — No. 2

  1. Thank you so much for sharing all of these. I’ve really enjoyed listening to all these songs on your list (and have added some of them to my playlists), Be blessed!


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