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Ring of Fire – Johnny Cash
Shabbat Shalom = A Peaceful Sabbath
Johnny Cash and June Carter began touring together in the early 60s and they fell in love with each other; both were still married at the time. Cash’s first wife, Vivian, said she filed for divorce in 1966 because of his infidelity, drug and alcohol abuse, his absences and relationship with June Carter. Their divorce was final in 1967. June Carter was divorced in 1967 from her husband. Johnny and June married in 1968. Cash had four children with his first wife and Carter had two children; they later had a son, John Cash, together. June Carter, with the help of her uncle, wrote Ring of Fire about her love for Johnny Cash. Johnny and June Cash were of the Christian faith, and despite his drug and alcohol abuse and their infidelity, they likely repented of their sins and moved on. In fact, God forgives every sin, except one, according to the Word of God. The only unforgivable sin is blasphemy against the Holy Spirit (Matthew 12:31). If they repented of their sins, they were forgiven. God forgives of the sin of murder, rape, fornication (unlawful sexual sins [now lawful, but not before God!]) of all kinds… The cleansing power of the sacrificial blood of Jesus, spilled on the cross to bear the penalty for our sins, is ALL POWERFUL and washes away every sin, except one (Matthew 12:31).
Why have I just written about June Carter’s inspiration for this song? Their sins were likely repented of and long forgiven. For one reason only, and that is to point out that the couple’s ending was likely good, but we can all learn from the tragedies and heartaches endured from such sins. Johnny Cash was married when he met June Carter and he had four daughters with Vivian Cash. Does anyone believe Vivian and their four daughters didn’t suffer from the divorce of that marriage? June Carter was married to Edwin “Rip” Nix when she fell in love with Johnny Cash and later divorced Nix. They had a daughter together, Rosie. It would be foolish to think that neither one, June’s husband and daughter, suffered when their family broke apart and they were divorced.
My point in all of this is that Johnny Cash, a married man, and June Carter, a married woman, didn’t have to go on tour together while they were married to other people. They started on a tour that was forbidden by God, for His Holy Word says,
“Abstain from all appearance of evil” 1 Thessalonians 5:22
“Neither give place to the devil (give the devil an inch, and he will take a mile!)” Ephesians 4:27
God bless the memory of both of them, Johnny and June Cash. I trust they repented and made it to heaven. Sincere repentance is all it takes!
Again, my point is that had they adhered to God’s Commandments, they would never have fallen in love and they could have been faithful to their own spouses and avoided many tragic broken hearts, the hearts of their children and former spouses. More importantly, God takes covenants very seriously (Romans 1:31), the marriage covenant for one.
“He (Jesus) said to them, Moses, because of the hardness of your hearts, permitted you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so. And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for fornication, and marries another, commits adultery; and whoever marries her who is divorced commits adultery” Matthew 19:8-9
God’s people who make a covenant to stay together “for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health…” need to keep their covenant between themselves, and with God. Certainly, it isn’t always easy. A person has to make up their mind they are going to be faithful, it doesn’t happen by accident. Faithfulness comes about by a commitment to be faithful, even in the most difficult times. That commitment doesn’t allow for compromise, such as tours with the opposite sex when you are married, and while the other party is married to someone else… In other words, temptations have to be CUT OFF before they even get started.
I know a minister who will not even look at another woman straight in the eyes. He diverts his eyes in another direction when he speaks to someone other than his wife. Now that is a commitment! If Johnny Cash had done the same thing, he would never have had to think of his own infidelity as he sang June Carter’s song, Ring of Fire.
I’m speaking to someone today, because it wasn’t my idea to upload this song, or write this admonition; it was inspired by God.
Do you love God; are you committed to Him? Even if you aren’t quite getting along with your spouse today, you need to think about your covenant with God first, your covenant with your spouse second, and the many hearts and lives you could tear to shreds if you do something stupid, something against your covenant with God, and with your spouse. Trust me when I tell you that you will suffer if you fail to adhere to God’s commandments, no matter how infatuated you might be about a potential Ring of Fire love relationship. You will suffer and you might not even have time to repent of your sins, as Johnny and June Cash did! You could risk ending up in the real Ring of Fire forever!
Salvation is offered to everyone who repents of sin and receives Jesus as their Lord and Savior, unless a person crosses a line with God, to the point of becoming reprobate, having no conscience (Romans 1:21-32; Hebrews 6:4-6). Now is the time of salvation for everyone; tomorrow, or even the next hour, could be too late.
Hundreds of Bible prophecies have been fulfilled and those remaining shall surely come to pass. Are you prepared to stand before God and give an account of the life you have lived on this earth (Revelation 20:12-15)? If not, salvation is only a prayer away. Please visit the How Can I Be Saved page – your eternal destiny depends on it. God bless you.
“The Spirit and the bride say, Come; and let him who hears say, Come; and let him that is athirst come, and whosoever will, let him take of the water of life freely” Revelation 22:17
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