Julie Lyles Carr: Metal Sunday

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Metal Sunday

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I don't know.

I don't know if Mike can pull off the metal rocker dude thing.

He still looks awfully all-American. Whatever that means in this gorgeous melting pot of a country.

We had the opportunity to meet some amazing guys this Sunday as they came to our church to talk about Jesus and redemption, hitting rock bottom in the midst of great fame and surrendering to the Lord.

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Just in case it's confusing, Mike is the guy on the right. The rocker dude is the guy on the left.

And that guy on the left is Brian "Head" Welch. For years he was part of a very successful heavy metal band called Korn and during his time with the group, Brian achieved all the world has to offer. Fame. Money. Women. Which turned into...Drugs. Depression. Despair.

At the height of his fame and the bottom of his inner darkness, he prayed a prayer of desperation to be healed and cleansed and set free.

And he was.

He's now part of a ministry called the Whosoevers, traveling and telling his story along with Sonny Sandoval of P.O.D. and Ryan Ries, a well-known icon of the skateboard set.

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Because of their authenticity with a tough crowd, these guys have been able to speak into the lives of young people who are jaded and hardened by the world. They can speak directly to the apparition of rock and roll success.

In talking with them at lunch afterward, I was so struck by the tender hearts and gentle nature of these supposed tough metal guys. A couple of the guys are daddies and we talked about kids and orthodontia, family and home.  And it made me appreciate again how Jesus strongly scolded the Pharisees for being white-washed tombs, clean and shiny on the outside but dead on the inside. I thought of the words of the Lord in I Samuel 16:7 when He says, "The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart."

There are people who will only listen to the Whosoevers because of their rocker look. And there are those who might be looking at the pictures on this post with their left eyebrow raised practically to their scalp.

But I love serving a God who sees beyond all fashion statement, who sees as pure and undefiled a faith worked out in serving people and in speaking hope and light to a generation living in darkness.

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