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The Cross & The Jukebox: Tammy Wynette’s “Stand By Your Man”

In today’s episode of The Cross & the Jukebox, we talk about Tammy Wynette’s “Stand By Your Man.” Though some might use this as a shorthand for fidelity in marriage, I think that the song is not about covenant faithfulness but rather a fatalistic view of human nature, especially in how it pictures how men and women relate to one another. However, as Christians we should expect more of men and women in marriage and in how they treat one another. This is not a protest against divorce culture, but rather a hyper submission and fatalistic view of marriage. But the view of the Bible is so much higher and requires trust for the one-flesh union. 

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Biography: Tammy Wynette: Tragic Country Queen by Jimmy McDonough

We live in a fearful and cowardly time. The crisis we face is not a crisis of clarity but a crisis of courage.


About Russell Moore

Russell Moore is Editor in Chief of Christianity Today and is the author of the forthcoming book Losing Our Religion: An Altar Call for Evangelical America (Penguin Random House).