Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Walk the Line

Deb and I saw the film on Johnny Cash last evening http://www.walkthelinethemovie.com/. From our perspective we found it moving and realistic. The actors who portrayed Johnny and June seemed to me to hit homeruns. Hollywood left out a clear conversion to Christ which I believe, both Johnny and June Carter Cash professed. Here is a page about Johnny's life. Especially helpful is the information from wikipedia: http://www.answers.com/topic/johnny-cash

I remember watching Johnny on a Billy Graham telecast. My memory tells me that he talked (as only he could) about God's grace, the cross and forgiveness of sins, his sins. I think he and June were friends with the Grahams. Recently on "Jesus Creed" we had an interesting conversation about and surrounding this movie: http://www.jesuscreed.org/?p=590 We know of someone who was turned off years ago because Johnny Cash did a concert in their city, drunk.

This movie, for those of us who know "the rest of the story" is a powerful witness of God's grace in the lives of those in the margins who often fall between the cracks. It was one of those movies that I was glad to have seen and will not forget.

2 comments:

Scot McKnight said...

Great movie, Ted, with natural shortcomings, but still -- we liked it a lot.

Ted Gossard said...

Thanks Scot. Yes, I agree.

Went to the library to try to borrow some of his music but none there. Instead ended up with Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. I think the first Beatle record I bought as a boy.