I am amazed with the Thomas Rhett song, which he wrote with Lance Miller and Rick Huckaby, Beer With Jesus. It was 21st on the country charts in December and still played today. Here’s an intriguing report about the song:
The core complaint with ‘Beer With Jesus’ lies in the direct conflict between religion and alcohol, a dichotomy that is distilled in most major Christian belief systems. Rhett acknowledges that the track even conflicts with his own upbringing as member of a predominant religious group.
“I grew up Church of Christ,” the singer-songwriter spills. “You’re taught that beer is wrong and alcohol is wrong.”
It wasn’t until the 22-year-old singer moved out on his own that he was fully able to form his own personal belief system, deciphering the differences between his lifestyle choices and the religious values he was raised on. Rhett’s personal growth lead to the writing of ‘Beer With Jesus,’ which was penned with Music Row songwriters Lance Miller and Rick Huckaby.
Clever use of the word “distilled”, almost a pun! But the deep meaning is this: This song calls out to the deep desire of every heart for a relationship with Almighty God. And you can have it! Go here for details. But if you are a follower of Christ Jesus, you can be Jesus to another who is hurting:
“Those moments stick out in my mind because those were some of the best conversations I had with my buddies … just getting below the surface and talking about deeper life stuff and things that matter,” Rhett says of his inspiration, recalling a life-changing campfire conversation with a beer in-hand (quote via Valory Music Group).
So it is my prayer that every time the song Beer With Jesus plays that someone will cry out for that and the Holy Spirit will say something like, “Here’s how you can have a personal relationship with God…” We need revival in our nation today.