I've been a country music fan for as far back as I can remember. When my brothers and sisters and I were young, my dad would play songs by Jim Reeves, Patsy Cline, Roy Acuff, Eddy Arnold and other country greats on our record player in the living room. Those songs always seemed to tell a fascinating story and I'd listen to the words while conjuring up images of lost love or cowboy campfires in my mind. To this day my sense of fair play is bothered by some cad cutting in on a couple during the Tennessee Waltz and stealing the guy's "sweetheart" from him.
But more than the great melodies and the intriguing stories, I love country music because it is just about the only musical genre in which the musicians proudly proclaim their Christian faith. Watch any country music awards show and you'll find artists thanking the Lord, praising Jesus and honoring God. Christianity is writ large within the soul of country music and that soul is what made this country great. Although we may be hanging on by a thread these days, country music (along with my faith) gives me hope.
And here's a great example. On Easter Sunday, my sister asked if I had seen Carrie Underwood on the Women of Country Music show. She said her version of "How Great Thou Art" was a show stopper. Although I hadn't seen the show, thanks to a tip from the guys at Creative Minority Report I found the Youtube video. Grab a tissue and watch this!