Christianity is the default religion of Country Music. But I was wondering if a survey of Country lyrics would illustrate something interesting about American Christianity. For as I listen to Country, I often hear “God” used, whereas I don’t hear “Jesus” mentioned too often. And when “God” is used, it is as if it is only as glue for patriotism, apple pie, and for being thoughtfully nice. In other words, “God” is just the code word they use for being a good redneck. On the other hand, if a Country singer uses “Jesus”, then they are pushing religion. “God” seems so bland compared to “Jesus”. So as I listened to Country the other day, I wondered if Country Music’s lyrics illustrate American Christianity well: there is a lot of God (fittin’ in nice) and less of Jesus (damnation theology).
Most of my Americans acquaintances don’t know their theology or view others as damned for not believing but instead, they view their faith as “just tryin’ to be a good person.”