From her multi-platinum and Grammy-winning album “Revolution,” Miranda Lambert’s latest single, “Heart Like Mine,” is a great message song about the judgment of humans toward the weaknesses or “sins” of others and how a person’s fate and salvation is really between them and their God.
Lambert admits the song about a “sinner” who drinks and smokes is autobiographical. Lambert grew up in a Christian church and admits she doesn’t always live the life of a “model” Christian as reflected with lyrics that go:
Even though I hate to admit it
Sometimes I smoke cigarettes
Christian folks say I should quit it
I just smile and say, “God bless”
‘Cause I heard Jesus, He drank wine
I bet we’d get along just fine
He could calm a storm and heal the blind
And I bet He’d understand a heart like mine
Daddy cried when he saw my tattoo
Said, he loved me anyway
My brother got the brains of the family
So I thought I’d learn to sing
The song ends with: These are the days that I will remember, when my name’s called on the roll, they’ll meet with two long stem glasses and make a toast to me coming home.
The fundamental truth is everything we do is really only between us and God and no matter what others may think or see on the outside, God knows our heart and that is all that matters.
The song while having a Christian message is charting elsewhere. Billboard has it as the #3 song on the Country Chart, #33 on the Radio Play Chart and #45 on the Hot 100 Chart. Its message seems to be resonating with more than just Country and Christian listeners.
I am far from perfect and just love songs that keep it real. We’re far too judgmental of others and their “evil ways” when in fact we struggle with our own faults both known and unknown. Like a parent who loves his daughter in-spite of her tattoo, God loves us in-spite our vices and weaknesses just the same.
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