“Before He Cheats” by Carrie Underwood
40 Days Of Country – Song #18 – Lent 2016
Not only is Carrie Underwood the only artist on this list who was also an “American Idol” winner, she is actually the highest earning American Idol contestant of all time. As a matter of fact, with countless awards and number one singles, according to RIAA, she is currently the top selling country artist of all time, even once breaking her own Guinness World Record for number one Billboard singles.
After her wildly successful debut, “Jesus, Take The Wheel,” Underwood too a darker and more raw turn with her third single, “Before He Cheats,” which at the time, became the most download country song of all time. The song tells the story of a woman who suspects her lover of having an affair, but instead of waiting on heartbreak, takes matters into her own hands. Of course, by, “taking things in her own hands,” what Underwood is actually saying is, “That I dug my key into the side of his pretty little suped up 4 wheel drive,” and “I took a Louisville slugger to both headlights, slashed a hole in all 4 tires…”
In the Gospel, “cheating” in relationships isn’t something Jesus looked to fondly on either. In Matthew 5:27-30, he teaches, “27 “You have heard that it was said, Don’t commit adultery. 28 But I say to you that every man who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery in his heart. 29 And if your right eye causes you to fall into sin, tear it out and throw it away. It’s better that you lose a part of your body than that your whole body be thrown into hell. 30 And if your right hand causes you to fall into sin, chop it off and throw it away. It’s better that you lose a part of your body than that your whole body go into hell.” Come to think of it, the imagery Jesus employs to condemn adultery might actually be even more violent that Underwood’s song!
God of Faithful Love, let us take a moment and thank you again for the relationships you have blessed us with in life. For those who have made romantic commitments of faith to another, may we honor those vows and always be true to those promises. Amen.