February 07, 2014

Why Mutemath Matters to "Christian" Music


Why can't you; be more like your older brother

Why can't you; (blood pressure)

Why can't you; do a little more for Jesus 


These opening lines from the song "Blood Pressure, help explain why Mutemath is performing at Gordon College on Saturday, February 8. Although the band sings about faith, truth and even Jesus, unlike songs by Chris Tomlin, Jesus Culture, Hillsong, etc. you probably would not sing a Muteamth tune on a Sunday morning with your local congregation. In fact, in some ways, the members of Mutemath have attempted to distance themselves from the Christian subculture/music industry. 

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You could say that Mutemath doesn't belong in the church. And I don't think they would object to this. But I think they would be quick to add that the Kingdom of God doesn't cease to exist outside the church's four walls either.



The band's third album, Odd Soul, unapologetically wrestles with spiritual legalism and guilt. I think this notion of wishing one "did more for Jesus" is not unique to this band. Dealing with self-perceived failure and confusion over what is right and true is par for the course for most Christians. 

In September the College will host the band Rend Collective Experiement. Rend Collective is a worship band, and I couldn't be more thrilled that will be playing at Gordon. There is certainly a place in the Christian walk for simply worshipping our creator. But there is also a place for questioning and longing--a time and place for wrestling. In fact, I would argue that neither should be excluded from the Christian commitment. 

In many ways, I think Mutemath's message sounds a little like this (from Psalm 13):
How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever?
How long will you hide your face from me?
2How long must I wrestle with my thoughts
and day after day have sorrow in my heart?
How long will my enemy triumph over me?
3Look on me and answer, Lord my God.
Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death,
4and my enemy will say, “I have overcome him,”
and my foes will rejoice when I fall.
5But I trust in your unfailing love;
my heart rejoices in your salvation.
6I will sing the Lord’s praise,
for he has been good to me.

Most Christian have been in this same place, and uttered these same words. In fact, I think it's even important to say these words every once in awhile.

Perhaps I still haven't sold you on Mutemath. If that's the case...check this out...make sure you fast-forward to the seven minute mark.


And there is a chance this might happen...


If you're interesting in tickets, there are still a few tickets available here. Plus, if you would like to see Mutemath in 2014...your only chance is at Gordon College.















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