When you say you listen to country music, people tend to think you listen to songs about dirt roads, truck driving, and drinking beer. They aren’t wrong, but also aren’t completely correct. Add one more to that list: God. From Carrie Underwood’s “Something in the Water” to Brad Paisley’s “When I Get Where I’m Going,” country artists are refreshingly unashamed to proclaim their faith.
So what? Is this news worthy? As Americans we have the right to practice whichever religion we want or to not practice any at all. But perhaps there is a connotation surrounding mainstream music that songs should be either light and fun or heartbreakingly sad. Music is reflective of the lives that people live and relationships that are formed – so why not sing a few songs about your relationship with Jesus?
One of my personal favorites is from Hillary Scott and the Scott Family. Scott makes up one third of Lady Antebellum. “Thy Will” is a powerful reminder that even through the most challenging times, when perhaps nothing makes sense, God has a bigger plan and purpose for us. Truly a remarkable and intimate song, reflecting the struggles Scott endured when she suffered a miscarriage.
Country music is so diverse and covers many topics, very well. So go back in your music library and really listen. Maybe it’s Randy Travis’ “Three Wooden Crosses” or Justin Moore’s “If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away.” Perhaps it’s George Strait’s “I Saw God Today” or Reba McEntire’s “Back to God.”
Lastly, do yourself a favor next time it’s raining. Instead of singing some “Rain makes corn…” switch to Steve Warnier’s “Holes in the Floor of Heaven” and remember your God and all your loved ones watching over you.