(CMT Offstage keeps a 24/7 watch on everything that’s happening with country music artists behind the scenes and out of the spotlight.)
“We’re not a band on a crusade,” Rascal Flatts‘ Joe Don Rooney told the Chicago Sun-Times “We’re Christian men with families and children and with deep faith in God and country.”
He even admits to the newspaper that while the band may not use the stage as their pulpit, they do profess their faith inside their albums. “I think we have been very open if people read our liner notes. We always thank God and the Lord Savior Jesus Christ,” he says.
But then he says that Christianity ain’t what it used to be, and he’s sad to see that: “I feel like we’re losing the fabric of what made America America a little bit. It’s slipping through our hands a little when it comes to the Christianity on which our forefathers founded this country — putting God first.”
As the band looks ahead to touring, making music and raising children, Rooney says they are not afraid to share their faith publicly, citing freedom of religion and freedom to choose how you live your life as his rationale.
So will Rascal Flatts start every show leading 20,000 fans in prayer from now on? Probably not. But it really warms my heart to know that backstage Rooney, Jay DeMarcus and Gary LeVox probably gave God an all-access pass.