Theology in Country Music: Be Content
Philippians 4:10-14 says:
The Lord has made me very grateful that at last you have thought about me once again. Actually, you were thinking about me all along, but you didn’t have any chance to show it. 11I am not complaining about having too little. I have learned to be satisfied with [c] whatever I have. 12I know what it is to be poor or to have plenty, and I have lived under all kinds of conditions. I know what it means to be full or to be hungry, to have too much or too little. 13Christ gives me the strength to face anything. 14It was good of you to help me when I was having such a hard time. 1
I love the song we are about discuss. It is one of my favorite Merle Haggard songs. It is a song about a travelling musical family. The family’s father played guitar and was blind. The mother was deaf and drove the family around. It seems the family was also homeless because they talk about their home being a camp along the highway. Like the apostle Paul, this family was satisfied with whatever they had even though it was not much.
In today’s times of American prosperity it is very hard for us to be content with what we have. We spend hours in line just to get the latest cell phone, computer, Ipod, mp3, or whatever new gizmo comes out on the market. Today it seems we are not satisfied with our prosperity. We always want something newer and better. It may be possible we want the latest and greatest because their is an emptiness in our lives. Paul said he was content with whatever his situation. Here was a man who never had a cell phone or Facebook page, yet he was content. Here was a man who never drove the latest car or had the latest gadget, yet he was content. Here was a man who had endured and survived snake bites, shipwreck, beatings, and stoning, yet he was content. Paul was content because it was Christ who strengthened him, and it was Christ who filled his emptiness.
The Haggard song does not mention God directly, but it does say “blessed be the one who let it be”. I believe that is God who allowed the couple to find each other. Life moves fast, and things and times will always change. Live in Christ and be content. It does not matter what your situation may be, you can do all things, you can endure anything, you can be happy even with nothing through Christ who strengthens you. Please enjoy “Daddy Frank (The Guitar Man)”
Until next time be content in Christ,
pastor greg t.