“The One On The Right Is On The Left” by Johnny Cash
— Friday, August 30th, 2013 —
What do you mean when you say the word “we”? Who are you primarily talking about? Your team? Your generation? Your political affiliation? A friend of mine asked that question not long ago, and listening to a Johnny Cash song I was reminded of the question once more.
This song, “The One on the Right Is on the Left,” is a playful song that tells the story of a folk group that falls apart because of “political incompatibilty.” But it points, I think, to a larger issue—the way many of us find our identity not in Christ but in our political affiliation.
Listen with me, then, as we think about this song, and how the gospel calls us to engage the culture, but to view issues with a prophetic distance, as “we,” the body of Christ, find our identity, not in a party platform, but rather, an empty tomb.