An Open Letter To George Perdikis
On January 21st, former Newsboys guitarist and co-founder George Perdikis wrote an article titled, “I Co-Founded One of the Most Popular Christian Rock Bands Ever… and I’m Now An Atheist” which gained quite a bit of buzz. I saw it popping up over and over again on social media and finally decided to read it; after reading my heart broke. I didn't feel like this article was an attack on Christianity (as so many of the comments had suggested) but rather the confession of a man who is a whole lot like me. In the article, Perdikis describes his experience of Christianity and how it contributed to his decision to become an atheist. He writes:
I always felt uncomfortable with the strict rules imposed by Christianity. All I wanted to do was create and play rock and roll… and yet most of the attention I received was focused on how well I maintained the impossible standards of religion. I wanted my life to be measured by my music, not by my ability to resist temptation… The Christian music scene is populated by many people who act as though they have a direct hotline to a God who supplies them with the answers to the Universe. There seems to be more ego and narcissism amongst Christian musicians than their secular counterparts… They demonized everyone while giving a pass to their own particular brand of Christianity, making themselves look like fluffy white angels with perfect, synchronized lives… Instead of wearing a mask of “righteousness,” they should acknowledge that they are struggling as much as everyone else.
These statements compelled me to write the following letter, because I mostly agree with them… and I’m a still a Christian.
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