I don’t know what you think about country music, but having lived in Nashville for 10 years, I have grown to enjoy it. The songs usually tell stories about the human condition. Whether they are singing about a lost love, partying and drinking or buying a truck and a boat. Blake Shelton recently released a new song entitles “God’s County.” It is a very catchy song and has quickly hit #1 in the charts.
What does the term God’s country conjure up for you? I usually think of a beautiful sunset, a beautiful mountain vista or maybe the majestic redwoods of Big Sur. Sometimes it is patriotic vision of the United States of America. Shelton turns my notion on its head, and I believe truly captures the meaning better than I ever could.
“Right outside of this one church town
There's a gold dirt road to a whole lot of nothin'
Got a deed to the land, but it ain't my ground
This is God's country
We pray for rain, and thank Him when it's fallen
'Cause it brings a grain and a little bit of money
We put it back in the plate
I guess that's why they call it God's country.”
Psalm 50:10 says “for every animal of the forest is mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills.”
For the small business owners out there, I am sure that these words resonate strongly. The things in life that I think are mine, my house, my business or my cars, are not mine, but His. I am just a sharecropper, working His land for His glory. We work hard at our jobs, and hope that the end of the week comes after the end of our money. Seems bleak, but in these words I find a bittersweet promise – a promise of hope.
The old Testament Prophet Isaiah proclaimed”
The hope is in this child that was born 2,000 years ago in a manger in the small town of Bethlehem - Jesus Christ, the Messiah, Savior and Lord. This is the true meaning of Christmas, the God himself came to earth to make things right. The fullness of His Kingdom is not yet here, but we look forward to this promise, also from Isaiah,
And yes, even the Democrat will dine with the Republican.”