Micah Redding — humanity, technology & the future

A Christian Band?

This weekend I was asked for the thousandth time if my band is a "Christian band".

It's a tricky question - with many ramifications on either side.

If I say, "Yes, we are a Christian band", then I pigeon-hole us in a way I don't want to be pigeon-holed. In many people's minds, at least, this would mean that we only play songs that directly talk about a spiritual or religious subject. To most people, it would mean we were playing "Contemporary Christian Music", a genre that has less to do with Christian subject matter than with a particular sound that has broad appeal among the Christian market.

Neither of those things are true about us. We do not play CCM (Contemporary Christian Music), nor do I limit my songs to ones that have religious themes.

My approach to music is from a different direction altogether. Rather than set out a genre that I want my music to fall into, I set out from the start to write music about things I cared about. The things I think about and immerse myself in become the subjects and the inspiration for the songs I write.

Rather than set out to write a song about the theological notion of God's grace, I write a song that arises suddenly and spontaneously from my experience of the utter depth of my faithlessness - and the recognition of God's presence even there.

How could I say we're a Christian band? But how could I say we're not?

The issue is that we've divided the world up into the "Christian market" and the "secular market", into "the Christian subculture" and everything else. We have Christian movies, Christian music, Christian comedians, Christian television, Christian books, Christian bookstores, Christian colleges, etc, etc, etc.

I don't think Jesus intended things to be done this way. Jesus didn't intend to set up a subculture - an insular group creating content only for themselves. Instead, he intended to create a group that would go out into the world and draw from his example to create, to transform the situations they found themselves in.

Rather than Christian movies, we should have Christians embedded in Hollywood, involved in the making of movies, influencing them to be deeper, more artistic, more authentic. Rather than Christian musicians, we should have Christians involved in the creation of music at all levels, embedded in the music culture, authentically expressing the human spirit.

If we shift from the idea of a Christian subculture to this idea of embedded Christianity, we will see something far more productive than simply an alternate version of whatever's popular in secular culture. Instead, we will see the rise of an entirely new level of cultural and creative development, as Christians everywhere begin to use their God-given creativity to transform all of their lives.

If we shift to this idea of embedded Christianity, we won't just see more songs written to be sung on Sunday mornings, we'll see songs written to cruise to, to climb mountains with, to sing to your friends and neighbors. We'll see music that addresses all of our God-given human emotions, that honors the depths of humanity created in the image of God.

And bearing the image of God in all that you do is definitely not a narrow genre.

Bre:

Amen!!

Dawn Wessel:

Re: Interpreting the Bible Does your interpretation show this: Evolution says that life came from the 'primordial soup (mud)' and the Bible says something similar: "And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground." (Gen. 2:7) Dust (as powdered or gray; hence clay, earth, mud:-ashes, earth, ground, mortar, powder, rubbish) ‘of the ground (soil - from its gen. redness). 1. When used in association with the feminine noun אדמה adamah = ground/dirt, the masculine noun עפר ‘apar means: dry earth/dirt, dust, dry loose earth/dirt. The operative word in the definition of עפר ‘apar is “dry”. The Strong’s Heb./Chaldee Dictionary of the Old Testament shows the verb root for the masculine noun עפר ‘apar to be עפר meaning: to be gray or pulverized, but nowhere does the BDB, Strong’s, or Gesenius Heb./Chaldee Lexicon show the Hebrew masculine noun עפר ‘apar as being associated with “red” or as being synonymous with “mud” or “clay” of the אדמה adamah = ground/dirt. (quoted from Gerry L. Folbre' III) Mr. Darwin said that human beings came from the primates, and the Bible again, leads in the same direction: (Genesis) Adam/man (Hebrew-synonyms) = ‘ruddy (red)’, rosy, the flush of blood "...man became a living soul" (Genesis 2:7b): soul (Hebrew & Greek) = breathing creature/the animal sentiment principal only 1. ha’adam=“the human archetype” was initially created as a נפשׁ חיה “breathing brute animal” in Genesis 2:7, with little or no difference between it and the brute animal נפשׁ חיה “breathing brute animals” created in Genesis 2:19.11 (quoted from Gerry L. Folbre' III) - does not suggest a ‘human’ being but rather a ‘ruddy’ creature (as coming from the ‘red’ earth - dust/dry ground) "Prior to being put into the garden, ruddy did not have 'spiritual' ability, he only gained that after he entered the garden; '...and the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man (ruddy) whom he had made." (parentheses mine, Gen. 2:8 & 15) So then, Adam/man was not initially a ‘human’ being as many believe but rather a ‘ruddy creature of earth’, an animal (somewhere along the line we picked up the chimp gene). It was the gaining of this other element that enabled one primate to change from animal to human, and unless he had gained it, could not have changed - thus the reason we don't see other primates in various stages of change. Religious tendencies are observed strictly in the human species. If human beings are in part ‘soul (animal)’ then why aren’t such tendencies evident in primates? Could it be because we have something the other animals don’t have? soul = mortal spirit = immortal animal = soul human being = soul + spirit (aura, metaphysical, sixth sense, etc.) The subject of 'what is wisdom' is covered in detail in the latter chapters of Redefining Bible Interpretation. I can send the free pdf if you'd like to read the entire book or books. Thanks

Bre:

Amen!!