Friday, August 10, 2007

Top 10 Worst Religious Country Songs of All Time: #10 - Jesus Take the Wheel

Over the next 10 weeks, I will reveal a different religious country song and explain why it should be banned from the face of the earth.

This week's song is Jesus Take the Wheel by Carrie Underwood.

The song starts off with some woman driving home in the snow with her baby in the backseat. She hits an icy patch and the car starts to spin out of control. Our genius driver decided to take her hands off the wheel, and as she does so she is thinking the following:

Jesus take the wheel
Take it from my hands
Cause I can't do this on my own
I'm letting go
So give me one more chance
To save me from this road I'm on
Jesus take the wheel

Now, any certified driving instructor will tell you that when you lose control of your vehicle, the best thing you can do is take your foot off of the brake and steer in the direction you want to go. Seeing as how cars were not around during Jesus' time, I hardly think he is qualified to deal with the situation.

Fortunately, she and her baby survive the ordeal, but it is only from sheer dumb luck rather than magical intervention. And yet here we have this song telling people that when they are in mortal peril they should ignore everything they learned in driving school and hope that some mystical dead guy swoops in and saves the day. I don't think this is something we should be teaching our children.

Of course, it doesn't end there. After living through the crash, the woman decides that it would be wise to let Jesus "Take the wheel" in all aspects of her life. This really is not a smart move. Jesus didn't save you from that car crash, and he sure as hell isn't going to get you out of jury duty or pay that mountain of parking tickets. So while you are letting Jesus run your life, I'll be over here taking care of things on my own.

Songs like this just disturb me.



Anonymous said...

Haha I can't wait for the next ones.

Lazlo said...

Awesome. Country has gone decidedly downhill since the days of Willie and Waylon.

Josh said...

You obviously don't like country music at all if you don't like this song. The song is referring to how she needs Jesus to take control of her life, not how she is going to just let go of the steering wheel of her car and just let Jesus drive. That would be crazy. There are some bad country songs out there but not this one.

Josh said...

On a heavier note, who are you to call Jesus a "mystical dead guy"? It would be nice if you respected other folks' beliefs.