“Your Cheatin’ Heart” by Hank Williams
— Friday, February 3rd, 2012 —
In this week’s episode of “The Cross and the Jukebox,” we take a look at an old song by Hank Williams, “Your Cheatin’ Heart.” For many, this song represents exactly the caricature they envision country music to be: sad songs about failed love. But what this song actually reveals is a very sophisticated view of sin and the human heart.
When Williams insists, “your cheatin’ heart will tell on you” he says something very true about the conscience that God has placed inside every human being.
Part of the fabric that God has designed to point men and women to the gospel is this conscience, which testifies to the individual what they know to be true about God, about sin, about judgment and obedience. And while this conscience is individual, on the Last Day this same conscience will bear witness to every human being’s deeds in the flesh. If you have a conscience, one day at judgment your heart “will tell on you.”
In terms of this song, Hank Williams may not be right in the short term. The cheatin’ heart of the woman he loved may not tell on her in this life. But ultimately, her heart will tell on her, and so will yours. So in this week’s episode we’ll talk about this conscience, and how Jesus answers the accusing heart.