Skillet’s John Cooper On How Christian Music Can Impact Culture
By Movieguide® Contributor
Skillet lead singer John Cooper sat down with actor Kirk Cameron to talk about the role Christian music has in today’s culture.
“The power of music is kind of quite important,” Cooper told Cameron on TAKEAWAYS. “I think the Christian music has done a good job of saying what we value, which is worship. We worship God.”
“I think the Christian music should have an element of John the Baptist saying to Herod, ‘You are defying God with your sexual immorality. There is an authority above you. You need to repent.'” he continued. “There’s an issue there that I think Christian music has either lost or maybe never had, I’m not sure.”
Cooper said that Christian music needs to find a way to combat the messages people hear in secular songs by addressing various topics and “holding people accountable.”
The singer recently launched a podcast, Cooper Stuff Podcast, where he covers topics like music, faith and marriage.
“I felt the Lord speaking to me,” Cooper said of his new venture. “He was shifting my mission a little bit…and it was time to move from just a ‘proclaiming Jesus’ stage into a little bit more of a ‘defending the faith’ stage.”
Cooper has become quite vocal about his faith and Christian culture in recent months, speaking out especially about the deconstruction movement within evangelicalism.
Movieguide® previously reported on Cooper’s other efforts to spread God’s message, such as speaking to fans while onstage:
Skillet’s lead singer John Cooper recently spoke out against the rise of the “deconstruction Christian movement.”
“It is time that we declare war against this deconstruction Christian movement,” Cooper said at a recent concert. “I don’t even like calling deconstruction ‘Christian.’ There is nothing Christian about it. It is a false religion.”
In a video, which a fan shared via the video-sharing platform TikTok, Cooper called people to live their “authentic” lives when worldwide, anxiety and depression have risen.
“I want to know why these celebrities’ lives are so absolutely screwed up if they really believe they are so happy,” Cooper added. “And then they brag about their debased lives in front of our young people. And they check into rehab over and over and over again, and they keep leading all of our young people astray.
“I’m here to tell you — especially you young people who have been ripped off — we’re here to tell you this tonight: The world will tell you that you need to separate yourself from Christianity in order to find happiness.
Watch Cooper and Cameron’s whole conversation here:
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