In light of this current difficult and polarized social, spiritual and political climate, we artist types need to open our big mouths and share the light a little louder. ~Maynard James Keenan
Until recently, Maynard James Keenan was one of the many hard-rock & rollers I’d never heard of. Then, through no fault of my own, I was exposed to his band’s new song, “The Doomed.” (Yes, it’s every bit as pleasant as it sounds.)
Though “The Doomed” ain’t exactly my jam, its message is jarring.
Behold a new Christ
Behold the same old horde
Gather at the altering
New beginning, new word
And the word was death
And the word was without light
The new beatitude:
"Good luck, you're on your own"
Blessed are the rich . . .
Blessed are the envious
Blessed the slothful, the wrathful, the vain
Blessed are the gluttonous
May they feast us to famine and war
What of the pious, the pure of heart, the peaceful?
What of the meek, the mourning, and the merciful?
What’s your gut reaction to this?
If your initial response is “righteous indignation” at such a “blatant attack on Christ,” I urge you to look again.
I don’t think the song assaults Jesus. Rather, it’s a blistering commentary on the church.
I think the artist is screaming: Christians are twisting the words of Jesus! They’re turning His teachings upside down!
I know. It’s more than a little tempting to think that God wouldn’t stoop to speak through rockers or bloggers.
But then again, there was that time when God spoke through a donkey…so…?
At any rate, the song strikes ambivalent chords in me.
I’m saddened that A Perfect Circle sees some things clearer than evangelicals. Yet I’m hopeful that more folks—inside and outside the church—will rediscover the true Christ and walk in His Way; that we will undergo a radical reformation.
Maybe it’s not only the “artist types” who need to “share the light a little louder.”
Know what I mean?