I didn’t know Rich Mullins, met him once on the Steve Taylor tour but was nothing more than “Hi, nice to meet you”. This quote from a creation festival press conference makes me wish I would have known him. Thanks to TG for typing this out.
I’ve been blessed to be a part of Christian music and while it’s not perfect, I’ve seen it touch people’s lives. But, really if you think about it, music can’t be ‘christian’. I’ll say it again: music can’t be Christian. It can’t receive salvation, it can’t be baptized, it can’t repent, etc.. Only people can be Christian. At this point in my life, I’m happy to write about my experience through the eyes of a believer. No musical commercials for christianity, just real, raw, honest, confessional words of struggle, doubt, failure, victory, joy, peace, hope, love, and especially grace. C.S. Lewis inspires me. Just create remarkable art and do it to bring honor to God. The honesty is worth way more than any coin that could trickle in. When the new Guardian album releases, I’ll be glad to elaborate more. I think you’ll feel the authenticity.
“People expect Christian musicians to take the place of Pastors and instructing kids on how to live and all that.. I don’t think the responsibility of doing church work should be on the shoulder of the Christian music industry. The Christian music industry is a capitalistic endeavor period. If anyone is interested in spiritual vitality, they need to invest in the church, not in an industry…. That’s why you have a bunch of Christian musicians saying a bunch of religious stuff that they don’t really mean because you demand it of them, and they’re dumb enough to play along … ”
- Rich Mullins
UPDATED Dec. 6:
Yesterday, Jon Foreman from Switchfoot went on the record and said what I said above. But stated it way better than I did! Check it out here.