20 Aug

I saw this music video of Johnny Cash’s Hurt a while back and the combination of the lyrics, the images of from the music video, and the life of Johnny Cash left me thinking one word: haunting.

The other day, I came across this post by Russell Moore in which he discusses the theological implications of this Nine Inch Nails remake by The Man in Black. Here’s an excerpt from that post:

The video of “Hurt” communicated exactly what the dying Cash seemed to understand, echoing Solomon of old: wealth, celebrity, fame, all of it is vanity in the maw of the grave. By contrasting images of the young celebrated Cash with images of the old, gasping, arthritic Cash, his “House of Cash” closed down and boarded over, the video turned then to what Cash saw as the only real alternative to his empire of dirt: the cross of Christ Jesus.

Here’s the actual video:


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