Today, we celebrate the 52nd birthday of our country music hero, Darius Rucker. To remember, several performers from other musical genres have tried to launch country careers in recent years, but none has achieved the level of success and acceptance Rucker now enjoys. Let us then celebrate his special day by digging down his most meaningful song. As a result of the writer’s research, this song includes the story of his successful career and marriage.
“True Believers” is the first single from Darius Rucker‘s third album, and was penned by the singer with Nashville songwriter Josh Kear and producer Frank Rogers. The song is about a married couple sticking together, something Rucker can readily identify with. He explained:
“It’s so me and so personal in my life. It’s the story about a husband and a wife who all their friends said were never going to make it. And all these years later all their friends are divorced but they’re still together and everybody is still saying they’re never going to make it.”
Rucker’s favorite line in the song is:
“Every roadblock was a chance to say; take my hand I’m here beside you.”
“True Believers” has received a positive reception from the music critics. Fred Thomas of All music told that:
“The thing is, with a few songs you have to be listening pretty closely to differentiate the country affectations from the pop songwriting Rucker’s been doing all along.”
True Believers debuted at No. 1 on the Top Country Albums chart and No. 2 on the Billboard 200, with 83,000 sold for the week. The album was certified Gold by the RIAA on February 12, 2014. As of April 2015, the album has sold 575,400 copies in the United States.
What the bible says about marriage
Since Darius Rucker has focused on the married life journey, we might as well review the guidelines from the Holy Bible about marriage.
Marriage: In the Secular World
Today, marriage and the family are regularly viewed as social conventions. A contract that can be entered into and severed by the marital partners at will. As long as a given marriage relationship meets the needs of both individuals involved and is considered advantageous by both sides, the marriage is worth sustaining. If one or both partners decide that they will be better off by breaking up the marriage and entering into a new, better marital union, nothing can legitimately keep them from pursuing their self-interest, self-realization, and self-fulfillment.
To be sure, there is talk about the cost of divorce and the toll exerted on the children caught up in the marital separation. But even such a toll is considered to be worth paying in order to safeguard the most cherished principles of individual rights-exalting culture. If one or both marriage partners want to get out of the marriage, nothing should hold them back. Or else the culture’s supreme values–individual choice and libertarian freedom–are not given their due.
Marriage: Biblically based
By contrast, the Bible makes clear that at the root, marriage and the family are not human conventions. It is not based merely on a temporary consensus and time-honored tradition. Instead, Scripture teaches that family was God’s idea and that marriage is a divine, not merely human, institution. The implication of this truth is significant indeed. For this means that humans are not free to renegotiate or redefine marriage. Instead, they have to preserve and respect the divinely instituted instructions.
This is in keeping with Jesus’ words, uttered when his contemporaries asked him about the permission on divorce:
“What therefore God has joined together let not man separate” (Matthew 19:6).
For this reason, marriage is far more than a human social contract, but a divinely instituted covenant.
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