Listening In: Third Day's Mark Lee & Brad Stine
- Tuesday, March 29, 2005
Christians are constantly “tap dancing” through every answer because somehow every answer we give is going to be construed as “I’m not being modest” or being more concerned with whether it’s a No. 1 hit. I don’t know that it’s necessarily the best way for art to evolve and develop into a more interesting — and even dangerous — place that forces the listener to deal with this moment. How many unresolved psalms were in the Psalms? Why not leave it with: I believe You, God, but I have no idea where You are right now? I believe in You, but right now, I’m in the valley of the shadow of death; and I’m going to leave you, the listener, for a while so you can think about how this applies to your life. Do you find yourself constantly concerned about how you’re going to be perceived?
Mark: Oh, constantly. We’re a rock band, so we like to, well, rock. As you’re doing that, there’s this perception that, “If I’m doing this rock thing, isn’t that kind of self-absorbed? They’re not really worshiping.” I think people are more concerned with our thought process than giving us the benefit of the doubt that because we’re a Christian band, we’re seeking God every day. If people could trust each other that, “Well, maybe they’re not doing this the way I would’ve done it,” there would be a lot greater freedom.
Brad: One thing I always say in my show is that the message of Jesus never changes, but the messenger does. What I’ve oftentimes seen is that Christians have a habit of judging content over context. They’re more concerned about what you say than what you mean. The value of communicating through words is what you mean! I wish there was more grace given, which is supposed to be our mantra as Christians because we’re all sinners, we’re all flawed, none of us deserve it, and we’re saved in spite of ourselves.
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