Anonymous asked: Is Switchfoot still a Christian band? If you google "This is why Switchfoot won't sing Christian songs anymore" he kinda explains it, which in a way, makes sense, but I'm not convinced because I believe music was created by God. Do you agree with what he says?
They claim to be Christians but they no longer play Christian music. I no longer listen to or buy their music for that reason. There is a video about it. I will put it up. God bless you and Maranatha!!! :):)
If I may contribute to the discussion here:
I claim to be a Christian, and I write poetry that doesn’t always have to do with my faith. Am I any less Christian because of that? Of course not. There’s no such thing as Christian poetry. It’s not saved; only humans get saved. Likewise, there’s not a single song that is Christian. So if someone is going to label a band as Christian or not, that shouldn’t concern Christians. What should be the measuring rod is if the content is an expression of beauty or an expression of sin. I listen to songs (and write) about injustice, love, brokenness, beauty, Jesus, and a whole lot of other things, and all of it is just the beautiful creativity that God has placed in us as human beings.
If you’re the type of Christian that only likes to listen to music about Jesus, I’m not knocking that at all. My concern here is that the image of Christian musicians is that every single song they write has to be about their faith, and if its not then they get thrown out the door and Christians complain about them. Bands are made up of people like you and me, and they have the freedom in Christ to be creative and expressive with all aspects of life, just like we do on a daily basis.
Again, I’m not against anyone who only listens to music that is explicitly about Jesus, but I am concerned at the lack of grace for others who express and appreciate the beauty of life and the world that God has made, or the expression of grief for the way it has been marred. Every song is an expression of creativity, whether it is about God, love, tragedy, experience, or anything else. What matters is if that expression of creativity is sinful or beautiful.