November 6

The Gospel Songs of Hank Williams Sr. III

The more I listen and study Hank Williams’ gospel songs, the more I understand of his character. Raised a church kid yet notorious alcoholic and a womanizer in his adulthood, I wish he had repented before his unfortunate demise at age 29. Well, we can only hope. Nevertheless, the lyrical style and content in all his gospel songs show that he was no amateur in religion. He had learned and heard enough teachings to be able to come up with sacred songs that were warmly welcomed into the faith community.

Here is another good pick of Hank’s songs that is likewise a good reminder to us all, professing Christians. In it, he talks of the detrimental habit of judging others we knew less to nothing of. For even if their wrongdoings were true, what business do we have gossiping around?

 “A tongue can accuse and carry bad news
The seeds of distrust, it will sow.”
(lifted from the song’s chorus)

Scriptural references were on James 3:7-10.

“All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures are being tamed and have been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be.”

We, Christians, ought to be the kindest speaking people in town. How can we say we have God’s Spirit when we cannot even control our tongues? Would it not shame God when we bless people in His Name, yet gossip afterward?

But unless you’ve made no mistakes in your life
Be careful of stones that you throw.
(lifted from the song’ chorus)

Bet we are all familiar with the story of Jesus defending a woman caught cheating in the book of John, chapter 8. The indignant people wanted her dead, but Jesus shuts them by saying, “..let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone.”  In other words, we are in no position to hurl judgments. That is God’s department, not ours. In effect, God expects us to show grace to people who sin differently than us.

Be Careful of the Stones You Throw by Hank Williams


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