I had the opportunity to attend a Jeremy Camp Concert Thursday night at the House of Blues in Hollywood, CA. I am a pretty big fan of Jeremy Camp, and this was the first time I saw him live in concert, and I have to say his testimony is powerful. The music was awesome and to me Jeremy Camp stands tall as a man of God. He read from the gospels, Ephesians 3, gave some testimony, gave a small altar call at the end of the show.
There was a cover band playing last night that I was totally impressed with, The Myriad. I keep up with even underground Christian bands often, but I was shocked hearing this band from Seattle, Washington. I was blindsided by a talented, charismatic rock band that had the right message and yet they are not on my iPod as of yet. I am downloading their album right after this post though.
Now to the heart of the matter at hand. I usually do not write articles simply covering a band, artist, preacher, or politician without my personal take on them. Jeremy Camp and Myriad were in the right place spiritually it seemed, but the crowd was awkward. Don’t get me wrong they were extremely excited and loud, but lacked spiritual depth as far as I am concerned.
First we all walked in and they were offering the “over 21″ bracelets, and all the guys in our party refused the offer. So I am already thrown off, and I walk in and discover that the booty-shakin videos are playing everywhere pre-concert. I was believing for the best in the crowd at first until I saw the bars pretty busy upfront. Yes, there were cokes, sprites, waters, and other non-alcoholic drinks being served, but I saw plenty of scotches and Coronas being served as well. Somehow the picture of a woman attempting to lift her hands in the air to Jesus with a rum and coke was a bit distasteful to me.
So Myriad is done, and they played a great set. Jeremy Camp comes out and the shrill of screams from the girls on the bottom right of the place was slightly uncomfortable but expected I guess. Jeremy Camp begins with a mix of songs, sharing from the Bible, and his testimony. Jeremy Camp talks about laying down your pride for Jesus, and immediately an “I love you Jeremy” was shouted out for all to hear. Then Jeremy shares from Ephesians 3 and soon after the “I love you Jeremy” is shouted again. Jeremy Camp then shares from the gospels about the veil being torn in two at the temple, and how we have access to the Holy of Holies, the crowd is quiet and seems to get it…. “I LOVE YOU JEREMY!!!!!!!!!!” Jeremy Camp did not respond to these disruptions of course, but it gave me a picture of where the Body of Christ is today in Southern California.
If only the church would have open bars, girls dressed like prostitutes, disruptions to the preachers sermon, and chants of I love you to anyone but Jesus. Now that would get the people in church, would it not? All this to say I am a little fearful of the future of the Church and how many will take on a life of holiness. It’s all or nothing to me, it’s all or nothing according to God's Word. There were probably quite a few who felt as I did, and I cannot generalize everyone there as being ungodly either.
I can only pray that message of Christ penetrated the hearts as intended.
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Great article, and by the way, welcome to FW! Very nicely written and yet we get your point. It would be great if some magazines would pick this up. There are parents out there that need to see this as well as other youth pastors and pastors. This is a topic that should be addressed from the pulpit!
You painted a picture but left us to come to our own conclusions. Good work!