Written by Lance Steinhibel
For the past couple years, I have made an effort to not bring up certain topics I have issues with when it comes to Christians in society. However, I’ve hit my breaking point. I hope through writing this article that I can get this off my mind, and it will not annoy me as much anymore.
Have you ever been exposed to any form of “Cultural Christianity”–the bubble that Christians put themselves in, and hide inside of? This culture goes to great lengths to make its members seem hip and cool with all the trends. I have no problems with this. My problem is that we can’t come up with original ideas. “Cultural Christianity” sees something that has hit it big in pop culture today (or most of the time in years past), and twists it into something that they deem to be “okay” with God. They do this by either by slapping a Bible verse on it or by changing all the lyrics to a classic song and making it about Jesus.
I have put up with “Cultural Christianity,” but that all went out the window when I found out about a new video game that has come out called Guitar Praise. Now, unless you have been living in a cave the last four or five years then I am sure you have heard of the video games Guitar Hero and Rock Band. They take songs from pop culture and allow you to try your hand at playing guitar, bass, or drums along with the song. Well, leave it to Christians to never leave a good thing alone. They had to take it and change it so it would not corrupt our youth of today. This is what all the reviews are saying: according to some reviews of Guitar Praise, parents were afraid to let their children play games in which songs were being played that did not glorify God, or where there were more than three guitar chords, and they were being played faster than watching paint dry. All right, I might have made up the paint-drying thing. But honestly are Christians really doing this, are they really trying to take anything that does not have a mention of Jesus in it, and hide our youth from it?
Now I am not going to tell you how to raise your children, so please no emails about parenting. But, I will say that I do get hurt when I hear Christians talk about non-Christian bands, and say that they do not glorify God. After having the opportunity to meet so many bands now, and talk with them in person, it amazes me how many of them believe in God and truly love Jesus. They just really enjoy playing the style of music that they play, which I will stand behind them one hundred percent. I am tired of seeing Christians putting each other down because they feel these bands are not using their gifts for God. At least they are out there in the real world with a chance to talk with someone outside of the church.
Last time I checked, the “lost” were not lining up at church doors on Sunday waiting for services to start. We are called to go and spread the love of Jesus to everyone we meet, but it seems Christians are doing the opposite. We are putting ourselves into a bubble. But when that bubble pops on our younger generations, what is going to happen when he or she is exposed to the world?
We must be able to stand on what we believe, and that happens while we are out in the real world, living actual reality. We must not hide from the world. I would have liked to see some of these bands on Guitar Praise try to get one of their songs put into Guitar Hero or Rock Band. But instead we are living the stereotype of Christians forcing an alternative identity onto pop culture. We can’t keep putting ourselves into this box. We must reach out to the world and that does not come by making our own video games. On the other hand, if we do make our own video games, let’s at least be creative and come up with an original idea.