Why do we all want to be Rockstars?

I have a theory that deep down everyone wants to be a rockstar. How do I know this? Because I do.
Ben Pierce

Ben Pierce is the Director of Come&Live! and is the younger son of David and Jodi Pierce. Come&Live!’s vision is to create a worldwide mission community that will provoke and inspire Christian artists to use their God-given creativity to revolutionize the world for Jesus.
Instagram: @nzbenpierce
Twitter: @benalanpierce

Website: www.steiger.org/benpierce

I admit this is not a revolutionary thought, I mean what artist doesn’t want to be recognized and rewarded for their hard work?  

I have a suspicion, however, that the attraction to “rock stardom” is deeper than just fame and cash. It's not uncommon for prominent actors and athletes to start bands - almost all of which are terrible (see Russell Crowe’s band “30 Odd Foot of Grunts” as an example)!

Why is this? Aren't they already successful? Are they bored?

Maybe, but I think it's deeper than that. I was at a concert a few years back. I had a side view of the stage. I could clearly see the band and the “pit” (the tightly packed mass of young people at the front of the stage). As the band played, I had a profound experience. For a moment, I forgot the music was playing, and I became fixated on the crowd. Their hands were held high. They were screaming every word of every song. In the middle of this moment, I realized I wasn’t watching a concert - I was watching worship.

It was fascinating at first but then just sad. It revealed the human heart’s hunger for something or someone to worship in a way that I had never experienced before, and then it clicked. We all want more than anything to be rock stars. This desire seems universal. All of us, whether successful, unsuccessful, rich or poor, want to be a rock star. Why? I believe it's because being a rock star makes you the greatest recipient of human worship.

In sports the results are worshiped. In business it’s the profit. Actors come close, but they work away from the crowds and, for the most part, they aren’t present at the place where the worship is taking place - the movie theater.

That is why rock star stands alone as the most coveted, most sought after “job" in modern society. This has unfortunately made pursuing success as a musician, on any level, a risk-filled endeavor.

As Christians, we believe God is the source of all music.  James Sire in his book “Universe Next Door” writes, “human creativity is born as a reflection of infinite creativity of God himself.”

Unfortunately, our sin has corrupted everything; including music. Music is supposed to reflect and glorify the Creator, not produce human worship.

That is why, as artists, we need to be brutally honest with ourselves and our motivations. We need to examine our hearts and make sure we are playing music for the right reason, or we will find ourselves chasing the same prize as everyone else.

Music is an incredible gift, but I have personally experienced its power to corrupt. I have often wrestled with my selfish ambition and desire to be worshiped rather than to worship. What I have found is that if you are willing to surrender your music to Jesus and truly use it to worship Him you will be more fulfilled and released as an artist than ever before.

Related items

  • Episode 150: Following God When You Don’t Feel Him + a Conversation with an LA Label Exec.

    Without originally planning on it, Ben, Chad and David get into a conversation of what it means to truly follow Jesus with our lives, even when we might not be "feeling Him" or having incredible encounters with His presence.

    They then bring on Lance Brown, an Executive from LA based "DREAM Label Group" to talk on keeping it about Jesus while working with high end artists in a fame-sick city.

  • The Antidote for Our Fame-Sick World

    *This blog post is a follow-up to Episode 149 of the Provoke & Inspire Podcast: “Episode 149: I’ll Admit It, I Want to Be Famous but so Do You!"*

    To listen to the full episode click here.

  • Episode 149: I’ll Admit It, I Want to Be Famous but so Do You!

    If you had the choice, would you choose to be famous? 

    Fame seems to be such an idol in our culture today, and although many celebrities have come out and said that there isn't anything fulfilling when you reach the "top of the ladder," people still strive to try and achieve it. Why is that? Could it be that this desire is a corruption of something good that God put in us to glorify Him? 

    The regulars look at this topic and discuss these questions, in an attempt to unpack this cultural idol and look at it through a Christ-centered lens.

  • Give Me a Revelation of Hell
    I read about a ten-year-old boy whose house had caught fire. He realized that his brother and sister were still inside, so he risked his life and ran back into the burning house to try to save them.

    When the firemen finally put the blazing fire out, they found this ten-year-old boy with his brother and sister in his arms, in the corner of one of the rooms. All three of them perished in the fire, but he had risked his life because he wanted to save his brother and sister. He’d had to act no matter what the cost.
  • Episode 148: Fatherhood, Drug Addiction, and Redemption with Brian Head Welch from Korn

    Brian “Head” Welch from the band Korn joins the regulars on the podcast again! This time, to talk about his recent documentary “Loud Krazy Love”, the doors it has opened for him to share his faith even more than before, the difficulties he went through after giving his life to Jesus, and the struggles he had trying to raise his daughter while still fighting to overcome addictions in his life.

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