I don’t listen to music much anymore. I find it more distracting than helpful. But when I did listen, my preferences fell a bit out of mainstream.
The band, One Bad Pig, proves my point. Let’s just say their music is an acquired taste. (They were an 80s, Christian, punk, screamo band—and I liked them!)
Their classic song “I Scream Sunday” is a lament over the shallowness of Sunday-only Christians, while offering hope for something more. In fact, they insist there’s something more, if only Jesus’ followers are willing to see it and embrace it—or as they say, to dream.
On many a Sunday, this song was my pre-church anthem—maybe it still is. The words draw me to God, crying with him over what is, while yearning for what can be, for what should be.
For me, it’s a powerful call to repentance and an imperative push for a deeper, nonconventional commitment to the savior of the world and our life within the world he created.
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[For those open to alternative musical styles, check out the lyrics or listen to the song; focus on the chorus, and sing along with me.]
Peter DeHaan writes about biblical Christianity to confront status quo religion and live a life that matters. He seeks a fresh approach to following Jesus through the lens of Scripture, without the baggage of made-up traditions and meaningless practices.
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4 replies on “I Scream Sunday”
Never heard of that particular band, but I totally agree with the message in their song! I’m happy to say that I get to experience this all week long and especially on the Lord’s day at our church, New Day! Were they one of the churches you checked out?
Roxanne, I’ve not heard of that church. Thanks for mentioning it.
I would never have pegged you as a punker! It sort of blows my mind.
The Lord has used music to speak to me and encourage me in many ways. From leading worship on Sundays to blasting punk and indie rock on my ipod throughout the rest of the week, He encourages me to rejoice in the gift of music and creative minds. Music does something to my heart and spirit that allows me to move onward without becoming apathetic in the daily grind of life. All through the week the Lord is rockin’ out with me. I love it!
Yeah, I don’t quite look the part, but the edgier tunes are more likely to catch my attention.
Fortunately, God uses different styles of music to reach each of us in the best way possible.