Johnny Cash: Rebel and Christian
picture of Johnny over the years
Who was Johnny Cash
Who hasn't heard the household name Johnny Cash AKA "The Man in Black"? Always dressed in black, he was one of the greatest country singers of all time. Even teenagers today listen to his music. He was an emotionally troubled man. He did time in prison. He was addicted to drugs. He was a legend in his time.
Did you know, however, that he was a born again Christian? Many of his albums were Christian music. He was also human. He made mistakes, he sinned, but he did his best to be what God would want him to be. He STRUGGLED with his walk just like you and I.
Johnny was brought up on a cotton farm, working in the fields by the age of five. He remembered those times as good times. He was actually born J.R. Cash. When he enlisted they wouldn't allow initials so he took on the name John R. Cash and took the stage name he was so well known for later.
Johnny Cash also wrote a book called "The Man in White" as well as being in the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame, The Country Music Hall of Fame and the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. He started his career in the fifties and often shared Jesus at his concerts. He gave free concerts behind prison walls and also recorded the entire New Testament.
Even with all his beautiful gospel music, his Christian witness, Cash declared himself "the biggest sinner of all". He is an example of a wonderful, troubled Christian. He followed his wife June Carter to heaven who died on May 15, 2003. Complications from diabetes took this man to His Father God on September 12, 2003. The world lost a great singer and song writer as well as a wonderful testament of our Lord Jesus Christ that day and Heaven gained a true, Jesus loving soul.
Are you a Christian who is emotionally scarred? Are you perhaps addicted to something? Drugs, or even physical abuse? Take this moment now to give it to Jesus.