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by Randy Becton
With no fanfare, a Christian record label for the first time scored a number-one single on Billboards country charts. The hit song is Those Wooden Crosses by Randy Travis a long time country superstar who now records with Word Records. The song is about a car wreck, a roadside shrine, and the painful image of a blood-stained Bible.
The song tells a story about a farmer, a teacher, a preacher and a prostitute. They are traveling on a bus one day that collides with an eighteen-wheeler. Three of them are killed, later to be commemorated by three wooden crosses on the side of the road. Not until the last verse do we learn which one survived.
After the wreak the preacher pushes a blood-stained Bible into the hookers hands and were led to believe he is witnessing to her as she is dying, asking her Cant you see the promised land?
In the songs last stanza, the singer reports that this was a story his minister told last Sunday, as he held that blood-stained Bible up for all to see. Then came the twist, a classic surprise ending: the minister thanks the good Lord for the man who gave this Bible to his mama that is, the prostitute who, in turn, read it to him.
It turns out that it was the preacher who died and the prostitute who survived. Her life was changed by his dying witness and his blood-stained Bible that he gave to her. It lead not just to her salvation but also to that of her child, who grew up to be a minister himself. Lon Helton, an editor for the trade journal Radio & Records, says the song is a great story song in the hands of one of the greatest story song singers in country music.
These groups and these songs pass from the scene, but religious faith is a mainstay in country music. Thats what has some industry insiders like Mike Moore, program director of WSIX in Nashville, concerned. He believes this music will always sell to a narrow core but will never give us the mass appeal.
It seems to me that the preaching of Jesus produces converts regardless of the cultures dominant themes. Christ is Lord and Savior, proclaims the Christian. Randy Travis, in his song Those Wooden Crosses, struck a nerve with record buyers across America, making it a number-one song. And Travis has experienced a conversion in his personal life. A song about Jesus and a blood-stained Bible still reminds us that God can bring new life out of death. While its not a new theme, it still can make lost hearts sing.
Are you presently experiencing a new life? Gods word says, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! This new life is a free gift of God through faith Jesus Christ. If you want to know more about this life that only Jesus can give you, sign up for one of our Bible courses. Wherever you are in life, whatever youve done, you can begin again. You may also contact Randy Becton at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions about becoming a new creation.
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