My least favorite Johnny Cash song…

Posted: November 14, 2017 in Uncategorized

Hello, I’m Luke Lang…
And I love Johnny Cash.
I grew up listening to his music.
It spoke to me.
It taught me that love is a burning thing and it makes a fiery ring.
Even as we speak, I have 192 of his songs on my iPhone. And, I love them all.
Well, except for one…
I have a least favorite CASH song.
I heard it this morning, I was driving along and there it was, right after “Walk the Line”…
and I sung along.
THAT is the problem…
The song is “God’s gonna cut you down”.
And I sung along…
Here are some of the happy lyrics:
“You can run on for a long time
Run on for a long time
Run on for a long time
Sooner or later God’ll cut you down
Sooner or later God’ll cut you down
Go tell that long tongue liar
Go and tell that midnight rider
Tell the rambler,
The gambler,
The back biter
Tell ’em that God’s gonna cut ’em down
Tell ’em that God’s gonna cut ’em down”
The artistry of the song is not in question, it is stunning. I mean, c’mon! It’s Johnny!!
The problem is that I sung along.
I don’t like what the song does to me.
It awakens something dark in my heart.
It taps into a dark desire that is lurking around in my soul to execute judgement and vengeance.
I want to cut down and condemn. And I make it a completely self righteous venture. I let a condescending glaze cover my eyes to my own flaws and I point my finger and I sing along…God’ll cut you down.
It’s a very holy sing along, right?
I simply want to use the Bible to put others in their place.
And so, I wield the Word like a weed whacker.
And in the midst of my sweaty, self righteous pursuit, I forget something…
it’s supposed to be a love story.
Love doesn’t cut down.
Love lifts.
I need to put down the weed whacker.
I need to sing along to a new song.
Here’s a CASH song that I could sing along with:
“I wear the black for those who never read, Or listened to the words that Jesus said,
About the road to happiness through love and charity,
Why, you’d think He’s talking straight to you and me.”
Love lifts.
Love puts people in their place…
in the place that they were born to be, NOT the place that they deserve.
Have mercy!!
Stop the Word weed whacking.
Tell stories of hope.
Go tell that long tongue liar
Go and tell that midnight rider
Tell the rambler,
The gambler,
The back biter
Tell ’em that God’s gonna give them a new life.
Throw messages of mercy around like confetti.
Mercy was never, ever meant to be given or received in moderation. It is BIG and sloppy and always undeserved.

Love is the tie that binds,
Because it’s mine, I walk the line.

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