Worship Artist David Crowder Shares His Own Experience With Deconstruction


Worship Artist David Crowder Shares His Own Experience With Deconstruction

By Movieguide® Contributor

Christian artist and worship leader David Crowder recently opened up about his own experience with deconstruction.

The GRAMMY nominee shared his thoughts on the matter in an interview with The Christian Post, saying, “I was at a place in time where I found a community of believers that felt like refugees, that we were setting down a lot of baggage that we had because of the institutional experience we’ve had with Church. Jesus is so not like that.”

Deconstruction is a philosophical and literary analysis of any subject. However, recently in Christian culture, the term has taken on the meaning of a critical examination of one’s faith often leading to a change of heart and mind, and sometimes even Atheism.

As previously reported by Movieguide®, other well-known Christian artists have made public statements about their own dabbling in deconstruction:

… many prominent people who professed to be Christians have walked away from the faith or chosen to embrace the term “ex-vangelical.”

Fellow musician Kevin Max, who previously performed in Christian bands Audio Adrenaline and DC Talk, voiced he was having a “crisis of faith,” in May 2021.

John Steingard, formerly of Hawk Nelson, announced in 2020 he was no longer a believer in God.

John Cooper of Christian rock group Skillet takes a hard stance against the trend, stating in an article on Faithwire:

I’ve been outspoken about what I believe to be the dangers of deconstruction and relativism within Christianity. Everyone that I know who has left Christianity in the last five years began with what he or she described as “deconstructing my faith.” It is an epidemic that some still refuse to acknowledge. A friend of mine texted me a few days ago and asked, “Why are you so brazen in your words about deconstruction?”

… I believe it’s being used deceitfully by those who truly do wish for Christians to not only deconstruct their faith but also to deconvert…  These not-so-subtle arguments are poison, yet they are tempting to many Christians, because they fall in line with current popular culture. …

Crowder, however, has not rejected Jesus Christ. He says:

“It feels like in our cultural moment, all of these difficult conversations, our response as followers of Jesus is the most adequate response you can have because it’s all based on grace. We’re known, seen, heard, loved by a Creator who knows your innermost thoughts. That’s a mind-blowing statement. And then, to be able to demonstrate in moments of heightened social turmoil, the grace to say, ‘The response right now is, I love you.’ And I haven’t seen a lot of that.’”

“I kind of love the moment; I feel more like an evangelist than a singer, songwriter, artist. I think we carry the best message ever for a moment as turbulent and difficult and confusing as what we’re in.”

Crowder’s recent single, “In the House of the Lord,” also addresses how the artist finds comfort in Psalm 122.

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