When I think of how modern politicians have been so concerned about popular opinion and what the poll numbers are, it is rare to find people who just stand on their beliefs and act based on what will give them a clear conscience. It has been brought to our attention recently by TV biographies and books that Johnny Cash was a man like that. His producers were extremely concerned about public perception; how will this play? But Johnny seemed to go his own way, the way he thought was the “clear-conscience” way.
In the authorized biography The Man Called CASH: The Life, Love and Faith of an American Legend by Steve Turner (Thomas Nelson, 2005), the first Bible verse mentioned is one we have to consider often as American citizens. From the book (first page of the first chapter):
Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (Matthew 6:19–21)*
Of course, we may not agree with everything that Johnny supported throughout his life. But, in his later years, he seemed to have the main priorities straight. When it comes time for our loved ones to cross the chilly waters of Jordan, will we waiting for them there, reaching out to take them by the hand as they come into a new, peaceful existence in the presence of Jesus?
Song: “Waiting on the Far Side Banks of Jordan” available on iTunes or Amazon.com on the album Bootleg Vol. IV: The Soul of Truth
*Scripture quotation taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. NIV®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by Biblica, Inc.™ Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.