What SwitchFoot has to say to rock and roll protestors:
Hey, @123squirrel here. Just so you know, presented here are my thoughts, opinions, and a few facts. If you are offended, please forgive me. I AM NOT WRITING THIS ABOUT ANY OF YOU. I KNOW SOME OF YOU MAY HAVE READ THE TITLE AND THINK I AM TRYING TO SAY THIS ABOUT YOU. This article was not inspired by anyone on scratch, and when I say "some people", i am not talking about any of you.
Reliant K, SwitchFoot, TFK, Fold Zandura… what do these bands have in common? They're Christian. And they all make rock and roll music! Today I will be discussing if those two things (Christianity and rock) mix.
I'm not comparing the lyrics of ACDC's “Highway To Hell” wth PETRA's “Road To Zion”.
And I'm not comparing “Helter Skelter” with “Righteous Rocker”.
I am talking about the music side of this, no lyrics included.
I'm not talking about rock musicians and how they act, whether or not if they are Christians.
I have heard many people say, in many different ways, rock and roll music is of the devil. I have something to say about that, and have done enough research to do so.
Here we go.
Now, I've seen some people say that rock and roll can affect your mood. Yes, it has been scientifically proven. It can make you happy, say, angry, among other things. Can music make you want to go and sin or kill someone? No, it has not been proven, and it can't be. the Devil cannot speak through the instruments.
Next, I've seen many people say that, not even depending on the lyrics, rock and roll is of the devil. Oh, so it's the music that is “of the devil”? That, frankly, doesn't make sense, let me explain…
There is no possible way for the music to be “from the devil” or to even be “Christian” music at all. You see, I have, and I'm sure you have, been saved by the blood of Jesus. If we have accepted Jesus into our lives, we are Christians. The reason music cannot be “of the devil” or “Christian” is that the tunes themselves cannot be saved as we have. We have been saved, but our tunes may not be redeemed.
There is no such thing as "Christian music", instead, there is "Christian's music", music made by people who are Christians. So, there is also no such thing as "devil music".
Music, especially rock, can affect your mood. But, there is no way that playing an electric guitar real loud is of the devil,
“Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.” You see, the Bible actually says to praise the LORD loudly, and to “speak to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit.”
“Musical expression is a combination of lyric and melody. God gives us all a talent to which we seek in our lives. It’s up to us to find our talent and utilize it. Musicians are artists who have a unique ability to entertain us. And, for the most part, they’re doing so in a productive manner conducive with Christian values. I truly believe that. There will always be somebody who ruins it for all. But, guess what, you don’t have to listen to them.”
You see, when Lloyd Loar invented the electric guitar, his intentions were not for it to be played in worship for the devil.
Next, music can change people's lives, no matter what style, it's the lyrics that matter.
I have seen people changed by contemporary Christian, worship, and yes, even rock! You see, I AM ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE! I wouldn't be where I am today if God had not spoken to me through SwitchFoot. God can speak through lyrics, and the music, no matter how loud, won't stop that.
Now, what I'm saying is, God and rock DO MIX! I do not, however, say church and rock mix. I don't think church worship should be like a Christian rock show. Keep the rock shows with the rock shows and the church with the church. But, God and rock can mix (gasp!), Same as God and hymns, contemporary, and worship mix. God has never said rock is wrong.
Next: "rock and roll is bad for you ears"... Not true. In a way, that is. Can't harm you if the volume is at a normal level.
So, I'll leave it at that, peace out bro, and I hope I didn't offend anyone :) just my opinion
Why do people say rock and roll is of the devil?
“Rock, while being a combination of cultures and styles, originates primarily from the Blues. Blues was thought to be associated with the Devil at its time by skeptical people.” - Kabir Singh, quora.com