Perhaps, no people are more idolized in modern society than rock stars, but the “freedom”, fame and money does not ultimately satisfy the heart and soul of a man. Jesus came to seek and save the lost.
If there was ever anyone that seemed most unlikely to become a Christ follower, it would be Brian “Head” Welch from Korn. Here is Brian’s story.
One of the most iconic bands of the 1970’s was Kansas. Kerry Livgren was a rock star and a seeker, and he was seeking everywhere but in Christianity. Songs like Carry on My Wayward Son and Dust in the Wind are examples of the Kerry’s seeking heart before he had an encounter with God and found what (Who) he was seeking. He is his story 20+ years later.
Alice Cooper is another unlikely Christian. He grew up in the church. His father was a pastor, but he became a prodigal son and “Rock’s ultimate villain”. Many years later, this his story.
Bono and UR are the stadium band gods, but Bono knows who God is. God informs his life. Here he is in a classic interview about what he believes and examples of U2 songs that are informed by faith.
Ex-Black Sabbath singer, Jeff Fenholt, lived a life far from God and was suffering panic attacks that no one knew about when an ex-mafia construction worker who had become a Christian asked to pray for him as he was working inside his home.
Barry McGuire who sang the 60’s rock anthem, Eve of Destruction, was an original hippie. It led him to fame and fortune as a member of the New Christy Minstrels, but there was no fulfillment in it. So, after the typical drug induced trip, he took a different turn and there found what he was looking for.
When his mother died unexpectedly, Austin Carlile cursed God. He turned to music, and he used alcohol and drugs to numb the pain. It turns out he had the same syndrome that took his mother’s life. He needed heart surgery. It become difficult to continue to perform. He went on a sharp decline. He felt empty, hurt and lost. When his father asked him, “Where is God in your life?” Those words hung in the air. He decided to give himself back to God. This is his amazing story.
(Young) Will Stone grew up an atheist. The few times he went to church he didn’t like it. He became a typical partier in college, and got into playing music, but his life was coming unraveled. Then he had a firsthand encounter with Jesus. There was no question who he encountered. This is his story:
Two years after the video above, this is Will Stone a bit more grounded, and he continues to grow in his faith.
Paul had a life-changing experience with Jesus Christ in which he felt the profound love and sadness of Jesus. He questioned the encounter as he was going through it, but he engaged in dialogue, asking “a million questions”. Jesus pointedly told him to read the New Testament. He didn’t know much about the Bible at that point. The only verse he knew was John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only son….” Paul asked, “Is this you?” And, Jesus said, “Yes.” Paul wept, and his T-shirt was wet from his own tears. It took him months to try to put the whole thing into context. It was the most profound experience of his life.