Christian Views on Country Music

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Monday, March 05, 2007

"Come To Bed" (Or, "The Gretchen Wilson mating call")

If you asked me to name an artist who most embodies the shadow of the country music spotlight, the first name that would leap to my mind is Gretchen Wilson. Her rapid-fire rise to stardom was built on the self-admittedly hard-core song Redneck Woman featuring the glorification of bars, sex and in-your-face raunchy behavior.

Wilson let no doubts about her party-hardy personality remain when she expounded on lyrics from Redneck Woman with her follow-up, Here for the Party, where she boasts of her drinking and flirting skills, and how she wears her jeans a little tight so she can "watch the little boys come undone."

Then came the oh-so-pleasant and encouraging When I Think About Cheatin' where Gretchen explains that the only reason she doesn't give in to the temptations of other men is because the one she truly loves would leave her, and that would make her feel bad. Gee, I guess that works for the thousands of married couples whose marriages collapse because of infidelity.

Then in 2005, rising to the #2 spot on the charts, Gretchen sang about what she would to if someone like her came along and tried to steal her man away. And in a brazen move, the following lyric appears in the song:

Now honey I'm a Christian, but if you keep it up I'm gonna go to kickin' your pretty little butt, is that clear enough?


What Gretchen's idea of a Christian is, is anyone's guess. But the Lord Jesus said, "by their fruits will you know them" and anyone can see what kind of tree Wilson is from the fruit she bears. Furthermore, the implication of the lyric is that a good little Christian doesn't do any butt-kicking. Someone should break that news to the great heroes of the Old and New Testament, including Christ's excursion into the Temple to drive out the money-grubbing televangelists.

Next, Gretchen lauded the merits of drinking one's self into a stupor in All Jacked Up.

Following that, Gretchen actually scored well on the morals chart with I Don't Feel Like Loving You Today, which promptly tanked on the charts, her lowest ranking since her debut. This was the first song from her that I didn't smash the radio knobs in an effort to turn off.

Next, a musical marriage of opportunity, Gretchen sang Politically Uncorrect with Merle Haggard. Like her previous single, this song barely made it into the Top 25.

Following that, Gretchen released California Girls, which may have been the first mention of Paris Hilton in a country music song. The song comes off as a politician attempting to identify with a certain demographic, in this case the stereotypical country redneck crowd. Hence, references to fried chicken, Merle Haggard and George Jones.

And finally, we come to Gretchen's newest single, currently populating the charts at #32. The song is a tender effort at reconciliation, perhaps similar to Terri Clark's I Just Want to be Mad but with more romantic overtones. Except, if you catch the song on CMT as I did a few weeks ago (before I'd heard the song on the radio) there was no doubt about what the song about. Gretchen Wilson rides a horse out to her significant other, and they both make it back to their home before a storm opens up on their picturesque farm. Evidentially, whatever offense Gretchen is appealing to be forgotten was not terribly big, and for the rest of the song, the two are ripping clothes off of each other and having sex. Sure, fine, if their married, but don't show US that. The song might be okay, but falls under the heading of "only okay for married people," and regardless, they shouldn't act it out on the screen. (And yes, for those of you out there saying "just turn it off!", I did.)

So, in conclusion, Gretchen Wilson praises and embodies those great American values of profanity, drunken binges and seduction. While claiming to be a Christian, she personifies every value contrary to Christian doctrine. What an excellent role model.

Gretchen Wilson: maybe one day she'll stop representing the darkest side of country music.

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