Why Does So Much Christian Art Look Like Wallpaper?

My band No Longer Music recently played at a Christian festival. After we had finished our show, we decided to check out the festival headliner. The arena was full when they played and their charismatic singer connected well with the audience.
David Pierce

David Pierce is the founder of Steiger International and the band No Longer Music. He is also the author of "Rock Priest" and "Revolutionary".
Instagram: @therockpriest
Twitter: @TheRockPriest

Website: www.steiger.org/davidpierce

After one of their songs, he explained that while they had been in the middle of shooting a documentary about a tour they were on, he’d begun to think more deeply about the purpose of life. His thoughts troubled him so much that he’d decided to postpone the project entirely.

As he was explaining this, I kept waiting for the resolution. I thought for sure he was setting the stage to give a clear explanation about the seriousness of knowing Jesus and how we need to follow Him above all else. Instead, he said, “I realized that life is all about love and we need to love everybody." This is a nice message, but it is not the Gospel.

I believe that we need more confrontational Christian artists today! It’s tough to find ANY who dare to say ANYTHING boldly or to make clear statements, unless they’re trivial or politically correct.   

I’m not trying to exaggerate or be overly critical. I do know there are some exceptions, but I honestly find the Christian art scene so sweet, safe and non-confrontational, that it drives me crazy.   

When I talk about being confrontational, I’m not referring to the compromising Christian artists who think they’re radical because they swear, or get drunk on a Friday night. They’re just more zombies in the PC herd! I mean truly creative artists who are courageous enough to boldly proclaim the message of the Cross, even if it costs something.

Jesus said to be careful when everyone speaks well of you, for that's how they talked about the false prophets. (Luke 6:26)

If I am an authentic follower of Jesus - whether an artist, businessman, teacher, or whatever role God has asked me to play - I need to confront the lies in today’s world. And this means I won’t be loved by everybody.

When I see the world burning all around me, I have to challenge the status quo, and I must confront. I think the world needs more artists today with a prophetic, “John the Baptist” edge.  

Where are the voices crying out in the wilderness?

On our first tour in Beirut, Lebanon, my wife Jodi and I were riding around this desperate city with a young Lebanese girl, and she pointed to buildings with bullet holes left from past conflicts. As she was doing this, she began to weep, and she shouted in Arabic, “KHALAS!!” (Enough!!) Then she implored us, “Please tell the people in Beirut that Jesus is about love and NOT hate!” This moved Jodi and me to our core, and we promised her that we would.  

For several years, we toured Lebanon, sharing the Gospel on big outdoor stages, in clubs, and in cafes throughout Beirut.

For some, our message seemed very provocative and confrontational, but when you're at war, the rules are different. It's not the time to do nothing when so many lives are on the line!

I do not set out to be offensive, but our world today is hostile to the Gospel, and if we are willing to preach, we will offend. If Jesus offended people, we will too. Jesus said, “In this world, you will have trouble. But be courageous; I have overcome the world!!” (John 16:33)

Commercial success is fleeting, and popularity a false prize. Life is short, so why not make your art count for something?!  

Don’t be silent while the world burns and the eternal destiny of countless millions is at stake. I believe there has never been a time in history when we have needed more prophetic, confrontational artists. My prayer is that some of those reading this will fall on their knees and receive that call. KHALAS!!!

Related items

  • Episode 155: Why Have Our Prayers Become a Dead Ritual?

    You’ve heard the regulars talk about the importance of praying and seeking God many times on this podcast, but what does that look like? How do we seek God with a desperate heart?

    Ben, Chad, David and Luke continue the discussion around this subject and why it seems to have become a dead ritual. They share their personal experiences on the matter and then give some practical examples of how you can grow in your personal prayer life.

    Oh yes… and David returns to Virgin Man in his Random Story…

  • Episode 154: Finding Jesus in the Midst of Anxiety - Featuring Matty and Brittany Mullins

    While in Hawaii for a Provoke&Inspire conference, David, Chad and Ben sit down with Matty (Memphis May Fire) and Brittany Mullins (Beneath The Skin) who share their stories, Matty's struggle with anxiety and panic attacks and how God has been working through their lives to tell others about Jesus.

  • Episode 153: If God Takes His Hand off Me for a Second, I’m Dead!

    In this week’s edition of the Provoke and Inspire Podcast, the guys turn their attention from understanding the secular culture to how to go about reaching them. They dive into the critical topic of prayer and ask the question “why is it that for so many of us prayer has become a dead ritual?” This is a crucial conversation for anyone wanting to reach the secular world for Jesus!

    Oh and David relives the infamous ‘no sex tax’ kerfuffle.

  • Rachel Hollis and the Gospel of Me

    *This blog post is a follow-up to Episode 152 of the Provoke & Inspire Podcast: “Rachel Hollis and the Age of Me - Featuring Courtney and Jodi Pierce."*

    To listen to the full episode click here.

  • Episode 151: The Porn Podcast with Sy Rogers

    Sy Rogers joins the regulars again on the podcast to talk about a prevailing issue in our culture today—pornography. They look at the impacts it is having on our society, how it is affecting people globally, and most importantly, what we should do if we are personally struggling with this addiction.

Come&Live!
Sign up for our newsletter and receive a FREE digital copy of "Revolutionary, Ten Principles That Will Empower Christian Artists to Change the World" by David Pierce.

Country
Please wait