“Famous People” by Brad Paisley
— Friday, March 2nd, 2012 —
In this episode of “The Cross and the Jukebox,” we’ll take a look at a song by Brad Paisley called “Famous People.”
This song, about a Hollywood celebrity stopping into a small-town country service station, is farcical on one level. As Kurt the mechanic speaks to this movie star he refers to himself as famous—because he “caught the record small town bass out on Kentucky lake” and “threw the winning touchdown pass the night that we won state.” As he does, you realize we’re talking about two completely different levels of fame.
But this song, on another level, is very believable, and very serious. You really can be famous not only on a global scale, but also on a very narrow, local scale as well. And you can spend your life in a quest for fame and glory, whether it’s the fame of Hollywood or the fame of Dollywood.
On this week’s episode of “The Cross and the Jukebox,” then, we’ll talk about the ever-present pull towards fame and glory, and how God is upending all of that in Christ. We’ll see how fame—whether local or global—ultimately doesn’t last, and how the name of Jesus will live on forever.