Thursday, February 26, 2009

Real Hard Cash

Today would have been Johnny Cash’s 77th birthday. I grew up in a home where his music was often played and listen to, but not for its Christian value. Years, later, after I came to faith in Christ, I came to understand this man’s struggle with sin was in many ways not much different than my struggle (and our struggle) with sin – and that he and I and all of us share a common hope and great joy in having Jesus Christ rescue us from our sin. Russell Moore writes this:

Johnny Cash is dead, and there will never be another. But all around us there are empires of dirt, and billions of self-styled emperors marching toward judgment.

Perhaps if Christian churches modeled themselves more after Johnny Cash, and less after perky Christian celebrities such as Kathy Lee Gifford, we might find ourselves resonating more with the MTV generation. Maybe if we stopped trying to be “cool,” and stopped hiring youth ministers who are little more than goateed game-show hosts, we might find a way to connect with a generation that understands pain and death more than we think.

Perhaps if we paid more attention to the dark side of life, a dark side addressed in divine revelation, we might find ourselves appealing to men and women in black. We might connect with men and women who know what it’s like to feel like fugitives from justice, even if they’ve never been to jail. We might offer them an authentic warning about what will happen when the Man comes around.

And, as we do this, we just might hear somewhere up in the cloud of witnesses a voice that once cried in the wilderness: “Hello, I’m Johnny Cash.”
To read the whole article, Click Here. Below is a video bio of Cash's life.

From JT and Mars Hill Church

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