As I have said, on more than one occasion, the nature of country music is to tell a story. Good country music not only tells a story but also directs us toward a truth. Jim Lauderdale does this, in a nuanced way, with his country song, No Right Way to Be Wrong1. The nuance is in that he is not telling a story but stating a truth and or giving a warning about the consequences of the choices we make. In short, he is giving us a series of proverbs.
A false witness shall not be unpunished, And he that speaketh lies shall not escape.
(Proverbs 19:5 KJV)
Look out, when you think that you just have to lie. There won’t be a right way to be wrong!
For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: But the wicked shall fall into mischief.
(Proverbs 24:16 – KJV)
Well, when your world comes crashing down and you need to escape, your mind starts a sayin’, “Do whatever it takes.” Get yourself in deeper then farther from the truth. A different kind of danger’s got ahold of you! (J. Lauderdale)
Our use of the Narrative Lectionary, in worship for the past several weeks, has taken us from Creation through some of the faith journey of Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebecca, Jacob, Leah, and Rachel, and Moses and Zipporah. We have seen them make mistakes, at times we have seen them make good choices, and we have seen them grow in their faith. Throughout these stories, we have seen these people living out the consequences of their choices. We have also seen God using their choices and the resulting consequences of those choices to work out his will in our world.
It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: But the honour of kings is to search out a matter.
(Proverbs 25:2 – KJV)
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28 – KJV)
The works of God and the direction of his Word point to the salvation that can only be found in Christ.
And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. (2 Timothy 3:15 – KJV)
For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
(Romans 1:20 – KJV)
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (John 14:6 – KJV)
Yes, there is no right way to be wrong and there is no way to be truly right without Christ.
Yours in Christ,
Rev. E. C. Walls
1 Jim Lauderdale, No Right Way to Be Wrong, London Southern, ℗ 2017 Ginger Dragon Music (SESAC) / Songs of Bug (SESAC) Admin by Bug Music, Inc., June 6, 2017.
Listen to No Right Way to Be Wrong at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-PL_pomSPYU