So anyway, tomorrow we head north for 3 shows over the Easter weekend. I’m pretty excited - it’s the first time we’ve done a QLD band trip since I’ve been married (not that being married stopped us, but it just didnt work to go over the last 3 years). 2 acoustic shows and a full band set. All of it is exciting, the acoustic set is solid and fun, we get good feedback from those that have seen it and it is a good link to what we do as a whole band. And the rock set is so unbelievably tight! Plus, I get to see one of my favourite bands ever (POD), a group who definately helped shape my musicianship, particularly in the use of the guitar.
Which got me thinking about the second thing, being a Christian band, you often get the feeling that you need to be preaching to everyone all the time. Certainly on Facebook over the last 6 months I’ve been watching some people (and bands) write some pretty ‘christian’ things on their pages, obviously thinking that they are being evangelistic. Most of them were fine, and got good reactions. But there was the odd post here and there that made me really uncomfortable - it was like they thought the best way to promote being Christian was to bag out other people’s lifestyles and beliefs. A lot of anti-gay messages, some putting down depression (but in a way that puts down people who are depressed), and others intentionally picking fights with those who don’t believe in creation.
Here’s the thing for me - I’ve never met anyone who has been intellectually convinced into believing in God, not to mention becoming a Christian. And those that you have discussions with over the internet are almost always looking to provoke a fight, not searching for answers. Sometimes I just want to throttle people who go around shoving beliefs down the throats of others - and I’m a Christian!
To me, God is someone with whom I have a relationship. It’s not a set of rules and decrees that must be followed, it’s a friendship. And we are better off for having friends, it shows in our countenance, or mood, our actions. And that’s what others see. They don’t care what you say - talk is cheap. My aim is to let my actions reflect who I am, and what I believe. No bashing, just living.
Off on tour!