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Johnny Cash: Rebel and Christian

Updated on January 7, 2012

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.


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    • Rolly A Chabot profile image

      Rolly A Chabot 6 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Loved his style and the man he became later in life... a testimony in itself.


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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, I loved Johnny Cash too, In fact I sat and watched an old tv program about him and his music the other night, it was amazing, all the old songs, really interesting, cheers nell

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      Smokes Angel 6 years ago from Broke Alabama

      thank you for reading Clara and Johnny Cash is truly an American Legend!!

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      Clara Kish 6 years ago from Mt. Perry. Ohio

      Hi Smokes Angel. When I saw Johnny Cash on here I just had to take the time to read it. He has long been a favorite of mine ,I never actually saw him but I saw him on TV different times and heard his songs, There will never be anyone like Johnny Cash again. I saw June and her mother and sister with Carol Lee Cooper years ago at Hillbilly Park in Ohio before she and Johnny were married .They were very friendly and I enjoyed meeting them I still have a couple of pictures that I took of them that day.I didn't mean to ramble on like that, I did enjoy your hub,it was interesting . thanks for putting it on Clara

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      anndavis25 6 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      You can hear his soul in his voice. He and June were best friends with Billy Graham and his wife. I didn't meet Johnny, but when he started out at Sun recording in the 50's, I was in a gospel group that backed up his first album. We had no idea he would become a legend. So I guess my back-up group will be legend too. Just nobody will know it. lol.

      Johnny and June knew the Bible, and visited places that Jesus walked. Both were spiritual.

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      Brett Winn 6 years ago from US

      I loved Johnny Cash. Grew up listening to his music and saw him in concert when I was in the fifth grade, in a fifth row seat! I believe that was the night his wife was in labor with their son. He was a wonderful man ... troubled at times, but I think he had many good years, as well. I look forward to meeting him in heaven ....