To promote their latest studio album, Building 429 lead singer Jason Roy sat down with TheBlaze and had some very interesting answers to some very poignant questions. When asked about the challenges that come with fame and success within the music industry, Roy was quick to express that the number one priority of record labels, even though they are known as Christian, is money not ministry. He noted that it’s a misconception that the environment within the Christian music industry is always friendly. He went so far as to say, “There’s no such thing as a Christian label … The sooner that young artists figure that out, the happier they will be. If you come in thinking it’s just about ministry, you’re done.”
He made the statement, not to knock the industry, but to wake people up to the reality that the business side of things tends to dominate. Roy also said it was important for him to surround himself with familiar friends who know his real character as opposed to the persona of him promoted through the media.
When it comes to Christians interacting in their communities, the singer feels Christians are too easily intimidated and fearful when they face opposing views and then shy away from challenging conversations. The title of the latest album, “We Won’t Be Shaken” he says is to point out that Christians should find out as much information as possible to know what they believe and why they believe it in order to better prepare themselves when encountering different views and stand firm on what they should know.
Roy was even asked about gay marriage and agreed with Rick Warren’s views, calling it a human rights matter. He also said he believes homosexuality is a sin, but that Christians should not tell people they’re going to hell because it is “the least gracious and most prideful thing” for us to do that.
Although I agree with Roy’s take on Christians being ready to stand firm on their beliefs and educating themselves about what and why they believe, the interview brought up questions in my mind, namely:
- If the focus of “Christian” labels is purely money, won’t they be susceptible to the same weaknesses we see in churches whose focus is on money, such as diluting the message of the gospel? After all, Jesus did say “No man can serve two masters … You cannot serve God and mammon.”
- If those music labels were to seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness (i.e. ministry) wouldn’t God be obligated to bless them even more than they are right now?
- If telling people about hell isn’t gracious and is prideful, then what does that say about the Lord Jesus, who told people they would perish and would go to hell and spoke about hell more than anyone else in the Bible? And what does that say about the apostles, who come in a close second to Jesus on mentioning hell?
- Does Jason Roy have those watered down views on homosexuality because there are a lot of them in the Christian music industry? Is it because he doesn’t want to offend anyone and then face the possibility of selling less records and having less fans?
Anyway, you can read the interview at TheBlaze.com and see what you think.
Harry A. Gaylord