When I taught middle school choir, there were times that I had my students sing music from other cultures and religions. I stressed the fact that, in some instances, a musician is an actor. I told them that, when they sing about God, they don’t have to believe in Him.
But the audience needs to believe they do.
When a musician has a reputation and makes a living as a Christian artist, there should be a certain validity in their music. They sing words of worship, and they come forth as the overflow of a Spirit-filled life.
No acting required.
Gungor sings about God making beautiful things out of dust, and then equates belief in Adam and Eve with belief in Santa Claus. At that point, I believe retroactive analysis is necessary.
What else does he sing about that he doesn’t believe? The next line in the song says “You make me new; You are making me new.” Does he really believe that?
When I hear the theme song to “The Greatest American Hero,” I don’t really believe that the writer of the song believes he’s “walkin’ on air.” But he doesn’t claim to, either.
Gungor sold a lot of records because those of us who listened to his music were under the impression he BELIEVED it.
So, for me, now that I know… I’ve stopped listening.
I never thought I could feel so free.