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Rocking with God

December 7, 2009
By Samantha Carpenter BRONZE, Pierre Part, Louisiana
Samantha Carpenter BRONZE, Pierre Part, Louisiana
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Although you may not be within the confines of your local church as you sing along with some of your favorite rock songs, taking deeper thought towards some of the messages conveyed in many popular songs may very well be similar to listening to a sermon coming from behind a pulpit. Many bands, such as Switchfoot, Relient K, and Flyleaf, can be heard on secular and Christian radio stations alike.

The difference between being a Christian band as opposed to a band with Christian members is that although the artist may be a Christian, he or she does not necessarily always make a public display of this. The band Creed, for example, was first signed under a Christian label and then spent years trying to branch away from the label that is the “Christian” genre. The members are Catholic, but do not wish for that to influence their music. Daughtry is another band not nessisarily labeled “Christian,” yet the first thing Chris Daughtry acknowledges in his album Daughty is his gratitude for his personal Savior, Jesus Christ. Their music, however, is not generally dedicated towards relaying the evangelistic message of God.

What sets Christian rock bands apart from the others is their common goal of spreading uplifting, Christian world-views. “These bands send a deep message about their view on today's society. It's not about sex, drugs, and violence,” says one junior, who then adds, “If you took the time to meet these artists, you would realize their true knowledge on how Earth is today. The Devil Wears Prada, one of my biggest influences, as well as Underoath, knows the real right from wrong. The songs are not about slitting your wrists and all of the stereotypical stuff that comes with its genre.”

Having been to many concerts, including Hawk Nelson, Flyleaf, and Red, I’ve come to the conclusion that these artists are not at all about the fame and glory that comes with being well-known in the secular world—unless of course referring to the glory of God. After a Thousand Foot Krutch concert, a friend and I were privileged with the opportunity of speaking with the members of TFK as they were packing their instruments. After talking to the band for a while, I thanked them for providing me with music that fit my tastes while coinciding with a Christian world-view. Trevor Mcnevan, lead vocalist, said that they didn’t want any credit for their music, because it is only possible through the gifts in music and the inspiration that come from God. Thousand Foot Krutch, well known for their songs “Falls Apart” and “The Flame in All of Us,” simply want to see God glorified. Dawn Richardson, lead vocalist of Fireflight, said something similar upon speaking with her.

In an interview, Lacey Mosley of Flyleaf said that as they were recording their album, the band prayed that the Holy Spirit would move and work the will of God through them to touch and heal lives and that God would be glorified through their music. She then goes on to tell of an experience where a fan heard the song “I’m So Sick” on the radio and at first just liked the song because it sounded good. The more he began to listen to the words of the song, he felt more and more like he could relate to what was being said. The admirer, atheist and on the verge of suicide, then went to the band’s website to read Mosley’s testimony and realized that it was so much like what he was going through. As a result, he began to read the New Testament in the Bible, hungry for more encouragement, as well as listening closer to other songs.

Flyleaf has shared the stage with the likes of bands such as Korn and Stone Sour. Red, a personal favorite of mind, has recently gone on tour with Breaking Benjamin, showing that it’s not necessarily about the lyrics, rather than the music when selecting a particular genre.

The musical phenomenon that is Skillet has been propelled by album sales as well as active rock stations and music video channels such as Fuse and MTV2. One particular sophomore loves Skillet because it makes her happy. She said that both the lyrics and music were really good. One of her favorite songs by this group, “The Last Night,” includes lyrics like, “This is the last night you'll spend alone/Look me in the eyes so I know you know/I'm everywhere you want me to be./The last night you'll spend alone,/I'll wrap you in my arms and I won't let go,/I'm everything you need me to be.” When asked what she thought this song was about, she said it was about a girl whose parents did not care. She lived an abusive life, and the guy who cared about her and was assuring her that even though she felt alone, she wouldn’t ever truly be anymore. She’s pretty close to what the writers had in mind. When introducing the song, lead vocalist John Cooper explains that it was written from the perspective a girl who was hurting. She felt hopeless, desperate, worthless, and ultimately alone. The boy in Cherie’s interpretation of the song is actually God. Cooper says that God is saying, “Hey, look. I love you just as you are. I love you for your imperfections. I love all of you, and if you just let me, I’ll help you through all of this pain.”

Jackson Waters has performed for the teen drama One Tree Hill on several occasions including songs “Come Undone” and “Center of Attention.” Group 1 Crew’s “Forgive Me” can be heard during the two hour season premiere. Francesca Battistelli’s “It’s Your Life,” has landed on the Billboard Top 200. Like Flyleaf, Anberlin has been featured on one of the popular Guitar Hero games. Rather it be P.O.D., Lifehouse, or any other hit band, artists will continue rocking with a reason in today’s very cultural society. Perhaps the next time you find yourself listening to a catchy tune, you’ll notice a deeper meaning—a message of morals or maybe a promise of hope—beyond the killer beats.

Other artists you might want to give a second listen to include: As I Lay Dying, August Burns Red, Norma Jean, Haste the Day, Demon Hunter, Kutless, The Fray, Disciple, Pillar, Decyfer Down, and Family Force 5

The author's comments:
This was an article I had written for the Entertainment section of our school newspaper.

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This article has 16 comments.

on May. 10 2016 at 3:53 pm
hoperunsunderneath GOLD, Hummelstown, Pennsylvania
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Favorite Quote:
"Out of infinite time, out of infinite place, we are right now." -Jon Foreman

This is super old and a bit of the information is outdated.. haha but I totally agree with this!! A lot of my favorite bands fall under this category, like twenty one pilots, Disciple, TFK, and #1 being Switchfoot. There are so many solid quotes from Jon Foreman, the lead singer, that completely back this article up! Very well written!

on Jan. 5 2013 at 7:49 pm
carothesparrow GOLD, Lilburn, Georgia
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Favorite Quote:
dont give up she will talk someday my friend made this quote she is really cool cause she understands about my sister
it starts with ONE to make a differerence!!! i learned this quote at a leadership camp

ohana means family no one gets left behind

epic work :)

EnderWiggin said...
on Nov. 4 2011 at 2:06 pm
EnderWiggin, Pittsfield, Maine
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I agree with this, sort of. Unfortunately, not only do the Christian bands that people show us in youth ministry always sound nearly the same, I have recently discovered that I am an atheist. 

on Jan. 13 2011 at 6:33 pm
blackrose326 GOLD, Burlington, North Carolina
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Favorite Quote:
If who I am is what I have and what I have is lost then who am I? Anonymous
Beauty can not be found in worldy views for these are; corrupted veiws straight form the gates of hell - Anonymous

I LOVE switchfoot. Especially their song This is your life. You should check out Barlowgirl if you like superchic[k], skillet' fireflight etc.

TheJust ELITE said...
on Nov. 17 2010 at 4:10 pm
TheJust ELITE, Ellenton, Florida
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Favorite Quote:
"I feel that a hero is somebody who will stand up for their values and what they believe in and that can take any form. People that have values and have thought them through rather than those who just do what they’re told."-Skandar Keynes

"When it’

Ooh, and Superchic[k]! Can't forget about Superchic[k]! :P

TheJust ELITE said...
on Nov. 17 2010 at 4:09 pm
TheJust ELITE, Ellenton, Florida
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Favorite Quote:
"I feel that a hero is somebody who will stand up for their values and what they believe in and that can take any form. People that have values and have thought them through rather than those who just do what they’re told."-Skandar Keynes

"When it’

My faves are Skillet, DC Talk, Julianna Zobrist and Micheal Card! Love this article! :)

on Jun. 1 2010 at 6:09 am
Samantha Carpenter BRONZE, Pierre Part, Louisiana
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I like Fee too! Thanks for the comment! :)

on May. 25 2010 at 7:05 pm
krazykathleen BRONZE, Edwardsville, Illinois
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Favorite Quote:
"7/5 of all people do not understand fractions." -Unknown

I loved this- it was great!! Have you ever listened to the band "Fee"? I love them. They are a Christian band that sing Christian music. The leader is Steve Fee, and you can look them up on the Internet. Just if your'e interested or something. Great article!

on May. 11 2010 at 5:35 am
Samantha Carpenter BRONZE, Pierre Part, Louisiana
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I love the fray too! :D

on May. 10 2010 at 8:14 pm

Yayyyyy you mentioned the frayyyyyyy. The fray is thee BEST band EVER. FRAY FRAY FRAYYYYYY


on Jan. 28 2010 at 7:35 pm
Samantha Carpenter BRONZE, Pierre Part, Louisiana
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I know exactly what you mean, believeeee me. lol

on Jan. 28 2010 at 7:19 pm
TFkNS_14 SILVER, Bowling Green, Kentucky
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Favorite Quote:
"Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best."
-Henry Van Dyke

wow dude, you listen to some really good music! i freakin love every one of those bands you listed! :) when i heard the last night i couldave cried. i live in a stable household, but i had a pretty unstable life at school, even at church. i was stuck in a rut, i couldnt get out of the darkness. i was afraid to really believe that those lyrics were true! and i found out they were! :) btw, diehard switchfoot fan ;)

blondie said...
on Dec. 25 2009 at 7:46 pm
sam is a friend of mine and i think she did an amazing job. she is absolutely right. there is a lot of good messages inh the songs today just people interpret them differently.

on Dec. 23 2009 at 3:36 pm
Wow Sam that was great. very good message to get across. there is alot of meaning behind the songs of todays world. in every genre. because i listen to almost all sorts of music rock, metal, punck, classic, oldies. they all have messages behind them and either hopes or maybe even ways to help people cope. GREAT JOB :)

on Dec. 22 2009 at 10:25 am
ReflectionsofYou GOLD, Mason, Tennessee
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Good job and good title. I'm very familar with most of the bands you mentioned, I'm glad someone decided to write about them and their message.

on Dec. 21 2009 at 1:30 pm
writer1211 BRONZE, Pierre Part, Louisiana
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Favorite Quote:
"The most beautifal things in the world are some of the most useless."

Sam, this is avery good atricle. You expressed yourslef very well in it.