Singer Joe Bonsall of the legendary country music group The Oak Ridge Boys has enjoyed more than four decades of musical successes while performing with the famed ensemble — a dynamic that he chalks up to the band members' personal faith in Jesus Christ.
"It's really a blessing to be in the position that we're in," Bonsall said, calling his band — which still performs more than 100 gigs per year — "forward thinking." "We're not the New Kids on the Block anymore ... but everyone's feeling good and singing good."
He continued, "I also give Jesus Christ the honor and the glory for this, because it could easily not be the case."
In a sweeping interview with The Church Boys podcast, Bonsall, 67, discussed his new book titled, "On the Road With the Oak Ridge Boys," his Christian faith and what he believes is driving some of the social and political problems facing America.
"This progressive, left-wing, 'let's get further away from God' attitude that has been prevalent in a lot of our leaders — our president probably at the head of it — I think is the reason for a lot of the problems," he said.
Listen to Bosnall discuss his faith and career at the 32:00 mark below:
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Despite worrying about some of society's plagues, Bonsall said that he believes the country could heal with the right politician at the helm, though he's not quite sure yet who's the best fit for the job.
"My biggest concern is that the young people today may not have been taught the same things my mother taught me," he said. "I fear that ... our young people don't know what it took to make this country the free, great nation that it is. I fear that a lot of kids may not know the importance of having Christ in their lives and reading the Bible."
His fears aside, Bosnall said that he believe that good people will rise up and that middle America is still a strong force in society.
As for the successes of The Oak Ridge Boys — who will be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame this year after previously being added to the Gospel Music Hall of Fame — the performer said that the band has been lucky to have never fallen prey to some of the entertainment industry's many pitfalls.
"The Oak Ridge Boys have had incredible upbringings. ... we were luckily enough to have parents that brought us up the right way," he said. "We were all lucky enough to have Jesus Christ in our lives."
He continued, "That's why we're still an entity, I believe because we've honored God, we've honored this country, we've honored our veterans, we've honored the right way of doing things."