You r not alone as a gay loving cash hehe. Also I agree religion was always a big influence on his music, but is that a bad thing? He was very sincere and showed his faith in a beautiful way. I'm Jewish and I have no problem relating to how strongly he can sing about Jesus, religion and god.
His early work was great but I really like his later work with produce rick rubin (who produced groups from the beasty boys, to the chili peppers, to system of a down)
I really like the song country boy. It's def not intended as a "gay" song, but just makes me think of sexy southern boys in boots, a cowboy hat, jeans (no shirt) with a piece of straw sticking out of their mouth.
Below is the more modern version from the 90s of country boy.