Rock Bands, Electric Guitars and Loud Music

1:21 PM

Hola everyone and Happy 4th (though it feels as though it should be the 5th considering my family celebrated yesterday).
Today something has been on my heart and mind and I wanted to bring forth my opinion about music (rock in general).
About the time I was thirteen my Mom got me a Skillet CD for Christmas. Neither of us knew who the band was and quite frankly I was very much against rock music for a long time. If you know anything about skillet then you know they're a loud band with electric guitar, drums, occasional screaming (OK. A little more then that), and the wild hair and need I continue?
Later I found I loved Switchfoot (much tamer), Disciple and Fireflight.
I have rock music in me - I love it, but coming from a more conservative home rock music wasn't a part of my life until I actually began listening to it myself, and I know that a lot of Christians are against it for some of the following reasons...
•It's loud
•They scream for no apparent reason
•They're covered in tattoos
•They wear black clothing and/or have dyed hair
•They probably have at least one piercing (ears, lips, etc, etc).
If you've seen Skillet's latest CD Invincible then you know where I'm coming from. Just to give you a taste....

It's wild. I know. Some people have told my parents that Christian Rock Artsists are going to hell or are following the devil. Others say they're fake Christians who need to reexamine their hearts.
Deep down in my heart I don't believe that. I will use Skillet as an example here:
The leader Jon Cooper is definitely a tattoo clad man, but he has a heart for the Lord. I believe that his heart is totally in the right place when it comes to his and his band's music.
I also believe that while Rock music is not really close to what we consider worship, if the lyrics are glorifying God and there is no provocative dancing or anything inappropriate going on, I believe that it is indeed God-honoring.
And I believe that we need more bands like Skillet in the music industry.
 Think about it - Skillet, Disciple, Fireflight, Red (though I'm less familiar with that band), can impact so many people for the Lord! Skillet specifically seems to lead towards teens, and it's inspiring.
Their music is dark but shows us the Light.
It helped me through many times of feeling depressed and alone as a young teenager. It helped me see that I was far from alone and that God is walking right beside me, defeating the monsters that clawed.
I think that what they wear (the hair styles and tattoos) may appear strange to those with a more conservative view but who can rock artists impact with their different personalities?
I think of the people who dress in black clothing and listen to rock music for the rebellious reasons. They won't even touch on other music and what happens if they so happen to see Skillet? What if they hear them while they're touring with secular artists?
What if because of Skillet deciding to be Rock and wear what they do, they actually lead people to the Lord?
God has made us a diverse people and we love different genres for many different reasons. I believe that if your heart is in the right place then being a Christian Rock artist doesn't make you a bad person. It doesn't make you less of a Christian.
And frankly you shouldn't judge either. You just can't.
God mentions in the Bible about letting Him be the judge and not looking at outward appearance. We can't take His place and go to a Festival and see a Christian band and instantly say they're not Christians by their long hair or black clothing or the fact that they scream during different songs.
Maybe I'm being naive but I believe that it's wrong to point fingers, to tell someone they're going to hell.
What do you think? What is your opinion?

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2 of your thoughts

  1. What an interesting post! I've been thinking about this a lot, actually.
    I, personally, am not a fan of heavy rock music, even ones with Christian lyrics. It's just not my thing. However, that doesn't mean I think it's evil. On the contrary, I think it can be used, like you are saying, to influence people who may never otherwise listen to anything Christian, especially teenagers who like that sort of music. The only thing that bugs me is that sometimes you can't tell the difference between "Christian rock" and "secular rock", even if they have great lyrics. But anyway....
    Sorry to ramble, and thanks for the post! Yours are always wonderful. :)

    1. Yes, I agree. I think sometimes you can go overboard with rock, especially when it comes to showing off with your guitar skills and the heavy mascara on the guys (that's just too weird for me).
      I think every genre in the music industry has it's "look" though. I have a hard time sometimes telling the difference between any genre because they each have their own dress style, sound style, etc, not matter if they're Christian or not. Know what I mean?
      And hey, I loved your rambling! Your comments are beautiful. =)


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