P.O.D and Thousand Foot Krutch to Play Rockstar Uproar Festival

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P.O.D and Thousand Foot Krutch to Play Rockstar Uproar Festival

P.O.D. and Thousand Foot Krutch (among many other well known bands) will be playing this year’s Write A Essay Online. on the Ernie Ball and Jagermeister Stages.

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70 Responses to 'P.O.D and Thousand Foot Krutch to Play Rockstar Uproar Festival'

  1. JoshJPC says:

    Speaking of P.O.D., I heard from John DiBiase (of jesusfreakhideout) that in one of their songs (off the new album) called “I Am” and it has them saying the F word a lot within the song. This is completely true. I was upset when I heard about this.

    • Research Papers Meaning view. says:

      Oh so I guess everyone is getting the version I also got ;) Yeah, it’s kind of edited a bit but you can hear the word said four times from what I counted. That’s all i’ll say. In my honest opinion, I think this is a solid P.O.D album regardless of the language issue.

    • Smacky X says:

      That’s pretty…dumb of them. People can go back and forth all day as to what is unwholesome talk and yadda yadda yadda, but regardless of those differing opinions and perspectives, this will alienate some fans, and exlude other fans from being able to listen to the album. And what’s the upside? What’s the value? I don’t see any…

    • joel says:

      so am I however I still want to get the album minus that last song

  2. Foul language should not be used in a christian album. The bible says not to use foul language, if you do you go against the Word of God. We aren’t trying to be all legalistic, but you have to at least try to live above reproach. I was talking with a close friend who was there when they were recording and he told me about the F-word being used and I was super bummed. Praying this doesn’t stumble kids cause it probably will. I know I had a tough time getting foul language out of my vocab which meant denying my old self so I won’t be listening to this song or maybe even the entire album. John

  3. http://americanmaint.org/how-to-write-the-discussion-section-of-a-dissertation/ How To Write The Discussion Section Of A Dissertation. says:

    Brandon: Is it Sonny himself or a guest vocalist who this says?

    • Ian says:

      John D. Said it was definitely Sonny that was singing it. He tweeted the lyrics of the chorus as well. Unless it is being taken out of context, it sounds like the song is being skeptical if God really can save us.

      I understand and support the use of bad language in cases such as Mumford & Sons’ Little Lion Man where they use it as a strong word where no other word would have the same impact and emotion. I hate it when other bands like Green Day just curse for seemingly no reason other than for appeal.

    • It is definitely Sonny. I am hearing though that we weren’t supposed to receive that version and that it was sent by mistake. Hmmmmm

    • Ian says:

      haha what? That is probably a really lame excuse for saving their album from negative reviews. Hey, bad publicity is good publicity right? Either way, they shouldnt have recorded that song to begin with. You were probably supposed to receive a radio edit or something

    • Smacky X says:

      I don’t think that the use of the f-bomb in Little Lion Man does anything for the song, and there isn’t any way of making a strong argument that there is no better way to express the thought with the same impact and emotion- their use of the word is just as gratuitous as anyone else’s. I actually think that line cheapens the creativity and emotion of the song in general rather than enhancing it in any way.

      Would “F*** you Satan!” be the most impacting and emotional way to describe a believer’s defiance of Satan, or could the lyrics of Oh Sleeper’s “The Finisher” be charged with way more emotion and creativity than a cuss-word that is used almost meaninglessly by people. Something is “F-ed” up in one sentence and then “F-ing awesome” in the next… In society ingeneral, the word is used more often in a casual way than in emotional ways. It’s overused. It’s easy. It’s cheap.

  4. Where can we hear the song mentioned in the above comments?

  5. http://www.proweb.net/?employment-application-letter Employment Application Letter. says:

    IF (and only IF) this is true I find the move confusing. That said, I know some Christians hold liberal views on profanity. I don’t doubt Sonny’s faith (have you read about the Whosoevers group?) and personally, I take more issue with people using God’s name in vain than using the F word.

    On the subject of the thread, good for the bands! Glad to see TFK getting out there beyond the Acquire the Fire/Christian youth circuit a bit (although those tours are great too).

    • Photoshop Military Discount view. says:

      Word up. Sayin Gods name in vain is 100x worse, imo. Its blasphemy, plain n simple.

  6. We asked the question should “christian” bands cuss in their music and got over 100 replies. You can check it out here. This all stems from the POD song. http://www.facebook.com/theforerunnerband/posts/401767806530295?ref=notif&notif_t=feed_comment

  7. Lucas says:

    I don’t know how any believer can really justify using the F-word in a song due to it’s connotations alone. Now I could understand it if it was an honest confession of the heart.. like someone saying to God “I’m so F***ed up.” Still I would never endorse it. Here’s the lyrics as posted by JFH:

    “Are you the one who’s come to set me free? Cuz if you knew who I am would you really want to die for me?
    They say you are the cursed man, the one who hangs from this tree.
    I know this is the one and only son of God, so tell me who the F*** is he?”

    Kind of surreal seeing the Gospel paired with the F-word. But they’re making a statement right? It’ll certainly appeal to the secular crowd right? Yes and yes, but not without alienating much of their Christian fan base. Besides that, it’s just a terrible choice of words. There’s so many other ways that would be MORE effective and much more tactful.
    But what REALLY makes me cringe is just how many believers are accepting it for the sake of tolerance. I think the Christian community is continuing to move to the left in terms of morality, especially ever since the phrase “Don’t judge” got really popular. This song just adds fuel to that fire..

    • Lucas says:

      By the way I still greatly respect Sonny Sandoval. But better judgement could have been used here.

    • MrM says:

      Whoa… That was… I don’t even know what to think on that actually, true, better words could have been used in place of it, however I definitely want to hear it now, it certainly sounds heartfelt

    • Smoore says:

      What REALLY makes me cringe is just how many believers are flipping the hell out over this. I don’t remember such a squalor when Sonny sang, “Do I believe in heaven and hell? Shoot, hell yeah I do.” In clear issues of morality, judgment can and should be made. But “swearing” is not defined in Scripture. There are only two “curse words” that are actually swearing—damn, and improper uses of God’s name. I hear scores of Christians abuse the latter. Personally, I find that more offensive than saying “fuck” now and then.

      Jesus used words ruder than that—ruder than any word in the English language except for perhaps the c-word. He used them in applicable situations, not flippantly, and they helped Him get His point across. Paul used the Greek equivalent of “shit,” but of course that gets edited out by all mainstream English Bibles. And I have yet to see an English Bible actually use the word “vagina” in the Song of Solomon—somehow translators thought that “navel” was a better word, despite completely changing the meaning of the sentence.

      My point is that American Christians have confused politeness with holiness. There is a time to be polite, but there is also a time to be rude and offensive and deal harshly with people. The Church in America have forgotten this, so we get caught up in petty arguments such as whether Christians should/n’t use obscene words. In reality, when non-Christians hear a Christian band swear and they feel like they can relate a little more, but they get online and see the blatant legalism of the Christian media, they are turned off by how the Church is so quick to jump down the throats of the few who have the boldness to confront politeness with words that are more honest and powerful.

    • Nick says:

      I just feel that everyone is going to have their own opinion on whether or not putting the F-word in the song is right or wrong. I refuse to get worked up over the issue because I am constantly reminded that humans are not perfect and I do believe that the “Don’t judge” phrase should be exercised. This is not to be mistaken that we can’t offer constructive criticism or a more “blatant” way of help or ideas through the use of bad words. But again the use of the so called “bad” words is nothing more than personal opinion to different people.

      On the subject of the F-word being in the song, I just believe that to many people, they made a mistake and a bad call to put the F-word in the song. They are humans and they make mistakes as well. It’s also pretty clear that because of this mistake, realized by a lot of people, they will definitely feel sorry, or sad, or whatever emotion may come because of their action. So they try to hide it like they did.(but not really) But also I feel that many people also feel that It does not matter that they put the F-word in their song. So again it all comes down to personal opinion.

      I just feel that people have to make sure they are not judging the band because of their mistake(if it is a mistake in anyones eyes). Because in no way is anyone any more perfect than they are. Everyone else make mistakes too. So people should judge themselves and make sure they are perfect before they judge anyone else. The same discussion could arise if people found out the band members did drugs, or porn, or even murder or different criminal activities. Which those are the same things everyone else falls into as well. So in all, they are no better than anyone else. The only difference is they paste their faces and names all over the world. So if they sin or do bad even just a little bit, everyone will know about it. As compared to other people, close to no one will know besides themselves and maybe God.

      Again though, there are always going to be times when being gruff and upfront with some attitude on certain issues is necessary. A lot of people say in no way was Jesus all happy go lucky and just loving with a smile on his face every second of his life. But to my recollection he never outed someone based on what they did. There is always room to improve and to change and be saved. But only if the individual truly wanted it… Well there is my 2 cents.

  8. John says:

    I don’t have a firm opinion on cussing in general, but for myself I try not to. It feels wrong, I’m usually angry anyway when I do, and it offends people. To me that’s enough for it to be sinful regardless of what the word is. But not everybody’s me so I don’t have a problem with other people doing it. However there’s a time and a place and this isn’t it. Weather POD thinks it’s wrong or not, plenty of their fans do, especially the ones brought in from their new music getting played on Air1 and other CCM stations. Using that kind of language in a song (even if it’s not on the “Christian version”, or whatever the situation was), is incredibly disrespectful. I mean just think of all the parents and kids who listen to them. What’s the point in letting your kids listen to them if they’re doing the same exact things as the bands you *don’t* want them listening to? This shouldn’t even be an issue. If a band is involved in CCM (and weather or not POD admits it, they are), gets played on Christian radio, etc. it should be expected that they’re the kind of bands you don’t have to worry about your kids listening to. It should just go without saying. I realize different bands have different kinds of people they minister to, and that’s fine, but I’m talking about bands that specifically place themselves in CCM – and therefor the “family” audience. If POD wanted to move away from the family audience and do something else, that’d be a bit different, but they don’t seem to be doing that, even though their music apparently isn’t family friendly anymore, and I have a big problem with that (probably moreso if I was a parent). It was a very irresponsible move.

    • JahWarriah says:

      Then again, maybe this could be a way to weed out the CCM’ers and “family audience” from the others. Maybe it’s a test to see who are the “tried and true” warriors and fans. Not saying I agree with it either way, I’m just saying it’s a possibility. From the looks of it I will still jam this song just as much as everything else on the new record. So stoked for it to drop!

    • TheArchangel says:

      I have to agree with John here…
      P.O.D. have been in the CCM/Christian music scene QUITE a long time now. They should understand that including sinful language in their songs is not acceptable in the Christian market. Sure, I know some artists have used some ‘questionable’ language before (ie. hell, heck, bastard, etc) and I don’t really like it when they do, but words like the f bomb are not condonable. They’re completely unnecessary and wrong.

      Now, JahWarriah, I think if P.O.D. wanted to “weed out the CCM’ers and ‘family audience”‘ they would’ve told everyone that they’re no longer want to be known as a Christian band. And using sinful means (evil language) to strengthen their fanbase (“test to see who are the ‘tried and true’ warriors and fans”) is not acceptable. This just shows that P.O.D. is testing the water to see how close they can get to the world (how worldly of a band they can become) and still be connected to the Christian scene.

    • Lucas says:

      “This just shows that P.O.D. is testing the water to see how close they can get to the world (how worldly of a band they can become) and still be connected to the Christian scene.”

      To be completely fair to the band I highly doubt that’s their intention. If so there’s something horribly wrong, however I think in this case it’s about honesty. I think P.O.D. is just trying to be “real” with their audience and, after all, the song is supposed to be written from a non-Christian perspective.
      I personally am a huge fan of honesty when it comes to lyrics, but there’s a line between “honest” and “immoral”. And considering the meaning/connotations of the word I think it’s safe to say P.O.D. has crossed it.
      All this to say, it’s certainly not worth hanging them for. But they really need to be called out on it. It’s a bad move on so many levels. (morally AND economically)

    • TheArchangel says:

      “To be completely fair to the band I highly doubt that’s their intention.”

      No, I suppose not…

      And I understand what you’re saying about them wanting to be real to people, but doing so in the way they did is NOT the way to do it! I’m not hanging them up yet either, but I’m really astonished at this move of theirs.

    • JahWarriah says:

      Okay like I said I’m not saying I think this myself, it’s just an idea some probably have. @Lucas how do you mean that it’s a bad move economically? I understand morally, but economically? Please explain. @TheArchangel, heck is a “bad word” for you? I guess to each his own. And hell is a place. It should only be considered swearing if it’s used out of context. I’m not saying we should condone the fact that P.O.D. is using swearing in the song, I guess I’m just saying that I don’t understand why everyone’s making such a big deal out of it. I understand the “rebuking when a brother or sister in Christ falls” part, but I think we’re all getting just a little bit too legalistic here. Of course we as believers are not of this world, and are called to live against the ways of this world, but P.O.D. has always been honest and forthright about these issues. And I will never understand why they recorded that word on this song, like many others have said, when they could have expressed themselves just as effectively without the dreaded “f-word”. But you guys need to remember that they are struggling Christians just like you and I. They’re no different from the next guy trying hard. And if they truly used the “f-word” to make it more real, what are we supposed to do about it? Call them out like so many have already? Remember that P.O.D., from the very beginning, never wanted to be a Christian band. They wanted to use their music as a ministry to the hurting in this world. I don’t know if this will make any sense; maybe I should have read it all before I hit “post comment”, lol.

    • Lucas says:

      Economically was a bad choice of words. I meant they’ll alienate a lot of their fan base for this which will probably lessen record sales. Although thinking about it more if the controversy gets big enough it could actually gain more attention.

  9. Smacky X says:


  10. this whole controversy reminds me of when Derek Webb released Stockholm Syndrome album with the song What Matters More

    • Smacky X says:

      The controversy of whether TKF will play courtesy call on the Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival? I think they’ll play it.

    • JahWarriah says:

      Ah, I see, Dylan. I didn’t realize this was a controversy. I agree with what you said, Smacky X. I think that is only fitting…

    • Lucas says:

      Derek Webb is a master of controversy. I still remember all the buzz around “Wedding Dress” when he released his first album, except that song was 100% biblical. (and incredible I might add) “What Matters More” was a different story though…I don’t think profanity is ever necessary.

    • Smacky X says:

      Lucas, I don’t want to embarrass you, but your comment had nothing to do with TFK playing Courtesy Call at the Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival. I think you missed the connection that we are making.

    • Lucas says:

      My apologies. I have a habit of skirting around the real issues at hand. However, and while I do believe the inclusion or exclusion of “Courtesy Call” in the set list is indeed a dire matter, I think the most serious issue is the use of the “C” word (“club”) in the song.

    • Lucas says:

      Never mind. Upon further listening it seems the “club” referred to in the song is not the evil kind where people go to dance but is, in fact, a sandwich. And the “danger” I believe may have something to do with jalapenos or other assorted peppers, but that part is open for interpretation.

    • Iaya97 says:

      I really didn’t like his use of s*** in What Matters More. He just uses it to get a reaction.

    • Smacky X says:

      Woah. MIND BLOWN! You do good work Lucas.

    • Smacky X says:

      “we gonna turn it out ’till it gets too hot.” Clearly this is a jalapeño reference if I’ve ever heard one…

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  11. Iaya97 says:

    I think P.O.D is just doing this as an “artistic” decision, not anything meant to generate sales or anything. I really like the lyrics surrounding the use, and I think they are just trying to prove that the character in the song is in a dark place. I would really like to listen to this song, though.

  12. We posted this today and I think it applies to cursing in christian songs.

    Christians, before doing anything in life ask yourself this. “Am I doing this to bring attention to myself or am I doing it to bring glory to God?”

    • JahWarriah says:

      The thing is, if they’re doing the latter to begin with, why should everyone be freaking out so much about it? Because it’s out of their comfort zone? If they’re truly doing it to bring glory to God (which I think they are), then what is the problem here? Not really directed at you, John. I was just making a blanket statement, and your comment is very relevant to the discussion, so I figured it should deserve some feedback. Thanks for being so awesome and forthright about your faith, guys. We need more bands like that.

    • Tim says:

      Surely it therefore also applies to posting your original question on Facebook? Surely it therefore also applies to my reply to you here?

  13. Knowing the nature of the band’s background, their musical influence, and their cultural audience, I’m just very surprised that a song like this has taken so long to show up in the band’s repertoire. I’m not surprised at all. But I like the fact that their message is just as bold, if not bolder, on this album, from what I’ve heard so far. A disappointment to the Christian industry? Yes. It does seem over the top from that perspective. But does it still have much potential to for their mainstream audience to listen to a earnest gospel message? For sure.

    I don’t use colourful language myself. But even I wonder if this album supposed to be for me anyway. Almost all of their albums have references to gang violence and stuff like that. Not something I personally relate to. This song is only an extension of that cultural language. And I don’t imagine this album was supposed to be Satellite 2.0. Anyone been to a Whosoever event? The backgrounds of people that I’ve seen at them are the ones I think this album is geared towards. Some rough people, but many more with broken stories, broken hearts, broken homes, broken relationships. Whether you agree with the use of the word, the band has decided to use it to describe the intensity and desperation of needing God. Ultimately, the band is accountable to God, and not me, for how it affects people. And if Sonny was wrong in using those words, God will reveal that to Him with time and He will still experience God’s forgiveness. In the end, God will be lifted high and I personally don’t believe a stupid f-bomb will stop that for a second. We should pray that God will have His way with this album and that it will reach many people with hope and the truth of Christ crucified.

  14. David M says:

    All I have to say is this: for those who are slamming P.O.D. for swearing, don’t forget that Jesus calls out pharisees for being whitewashed tombs. You may not be dropping ONE f-bomb, but there are others that we have justified in our own eyes. It’s about the heart, folks. Don’t fool yourself. I’m not saying this is right, but I know when people get on me for swearing, I just remind them that you can use whatever word you want, but God still knows what you mean.

  15. Brandon says:

    I think this is getting a tad out of hand. Why don’t we all just take a step back and wait till the “official” album release to see what version is released on the crowd. Maybe they’ll cut the “I Am” song altogether.

    • Brandon says:

      *Even if the “I Am” song is left on, don’t go bashing the band. The album is 100% spiritual and has quite a bit of lyrical input coming from a Christian perspective so just wait till you hear it.

    • David M says:

      Because no one would have anything to talk about. Christians love drama. :)

    • JahWarriah says:

      WORD to both of you! lol. Cannot wait to hear it all, front to back!

    • Smacky X says:

      David- has it crossed your mind that people are actually trying to wrestle through the issue? Or that the discussion in rooted in people’s heartfelt convictions? It’s not hard to see that the bible speaks to the topic, regardless of whether we all agree on how to apply the truths. It’s pretty disrespectful to imply that people here are just trying to generate conversation for drama’s sake. Like I have said of similar discussions in the past, it’s not just about pointing the finger at this specific artist in order to judge or put them on the spot, it’s about trying to discern (in community) where these lines are and how we should apply them to our own lives. People are being challenged to think more deeply about the issue in general and are being prompted to figure out what it means for them. Is the band setting an example of christian freedom that we can all learn from? Maybe we need to get less hung up on this language and be more comfortable using it for the sake of connecting with others? Or is this a line that shouldn’t be crossed? Because people tend to put Christian artists (rightly or wrongly) on a pedestal. It’s no stretch of the imagination to consider that their language might have an impact on the decisions of young and impressionable fans regarding their language. Maybe some of those same fans are dialoging here or reading through the discussion, and it will help them to actually consider it more deeply.

      I don’t think the people involved in this discussion are haters of POD. I don’t think they are looking for a reason to attack them or judge them. I don’t think they are “slamming” them. If someone thinks I have made a poor decision and they express that, I don’t think I have been slammed. I simply think that they are concerned about the decision I made. If I am characterized solely on the basis of that choice, then I might feel slammed. Saying, I love this band, I love what they’ve done, I love what they are about, but I don’t like this decision is not slamming them. And having a discussion about it helps us all refine our thoughts and opinions as we share perspective with each other.

      People here are discussing an issue of “faith and music” (pretty in-line with what this site is about) because this song/word/choice is relevant on both fronts (music and faith). The fact that there are such diverse opinions among Christians in this conversation only goes to show that this is an unsettled issue among Christians. And a few “one anothers” from the bible can happen in a conversation:
      spur one another on towards love and good deeds…
      admonish one another…
      teach one another…
      bear with one another…
      seek after that which is good for one another…

    • David M says:

      Of course I have. However, due to a possible job position, I am going to withhold any more commenting on the matter because I don’t want to get tangled up in all of this drama. I’ve just learned Christianity and internet forums bring out the worst in some people and although there is ignorance being spewed here and other sites about the matter, people who perpetuate that ignorance deserve to be loved, as well.

    • Smacky X says:

      You need to read a lot more closely if you think the worst of people is coming out here or that people are just “spewing ignorance”- there are mainly a lot of thoughtful responses.

    • Lucas says:

      David, I was about to to respond to your “Christians love drama” comment earlier but now I think I’ll just keep referring you back to Smacky’s oh so brilliantly worded post.

      Whatever the case I think your comment about ignorance is, ironically, very ignorant. It would be ignorant for us to say something about the band’s motives or criticize their heart, but nobody is doing that. You see this as “drama”? I see this as a group of believers who are trying to work out what we believe could be a potential issue and earnestly seeking the Truth. Tell me where that’s wrong in the Bible?

      If you really truly think about it, I think better judgment could have been used. I’d even be pretentious enough to say it’s the truth. There’s a way to express a powerful message to unbelievers without causing anyone to stumble. Just read The Forerunner’s comment above. Nothing he says is remotely ignorant or judgmental…he’s just speaking out on legitimate concerns. Some personal ones too.
      I personally have no doubt about the band’s intentions. It is not my place to doubt another person’s heart. I also think God will ultimately use this very song to bring people to Him. But I also believe God uses pastors who preach nothing but fire and brimstone and I wouldn’t endorse that either.

    • David M says:

      Fair enough. Both of you weren’t people I was addressing, but that’s okay. :) I’m realizing more and more how it’s hard for me to accurately describe my thoughts and feelings when it comes to this kind of stuff online, so that’s why I was trying to bow out earlier. I just wanted you to realize I did read your statements, will assess them, and go from there. My concerns were more directed towards the mentality that you can’t be a “Christian band” and do these things, which I have seen directed towards P.O.D. for these actions already, which is depressing. It’s not as if they denied Jesus (like some of the apostles did) or are preaching a false gospel. They’re making a decision that most of us wouldn’t and we have yet to see why, so I don’t see how these conversations are God glorifying, despite the sentiment being brought up. However, as I said, I am bowing out and will not be checking this thread again. I knew I shouldn’t have said anything, haha.

  16. Lucas says:

    No worries about being able to accurately describing your feelings. Online is just not the best place for such things, but unfortunately in cases like these it’s all we have. Hahaha! :)

    I understand completely where you’re coming from and in many cases would side with you. I just thought your “drama” comment was off putting, not just to myself, but to a lot of people discussing this issue. It struck a chord with me because it’s the very thing unbelievers (wrongfully) think of us when we take a stance on moral issues such as these. It didn’t seem edifying and I knew that wasn’t your intention so I felt the need to address that. (IT NEVER ENDS!!!! MUAHAHAHA!!!)
    Anyway, I have personally been impressed with the way believers have handled this controversy with grace and maturity. Between this thread and the JFH thread I only recall two or three truly out of line and judgmental comments out of many. Sure they’ve voiced a lot of issues but it has (for the most part) been spoken out of love and even those in disagreement have given the band a benefit of a doubt.
    Sounds pretty God glorifying to me. :)

    • Lucas says:

      Whoops meant to put that as a reply. I think I’m bowing out myself since I obviously have trouble shutting my mouth. Or should I say…tying my fingers? (shutting your mouth doesn’t really help when you’re typing on a keyboard)

  17. Dru James says:

    You know what Christians live in a box and think that all bad things happen outside of the church. Well you know what bad things happen inside the church as well. Christians need to take off the blinders and see and understand that it’s not all lollipops, rainbows and praise and worship retreats. If you would listen to the song it is about a person that was abused and one who is questioning who God is. I have asked the very same question several times in my life. I have asked where and who the F*&% God was and is. It was that low place in my life that God finally became real to me. It was not in a church, fancy conference, or by a preacher or church leader. I was led to God through a homeless person who had nothing but God. She had been though hell but she never let go of GOD. So I commend POD for being real and tackling real issues that adults and kids face everyday. They did not sugar coat it. Parents, Church Leaders, and mom’s and dad’s need to wake up and be real and deal with topics head on. Kids are faced with real issues and the church has no idea how to address their issues and it is this reason why our kids, our country, and our churches are a mess. There is no fruit, and if there is fruit it is pretty on the outside but is rotten on the inside. I have kids come into my office everyday, CHURCH kids, suburb kids, that are addicted to drugs, selling their bodies for money, experimenting with the same sex relationships, addiction to porn, broken homes, parents in prison, huffing, shooting and snorting anything to get them high. It all boils down to the fact that non of them were ever taught about life and the challenges they would face as they continue to get older. In my school district there are around 23 girls ranging from 11 to 14 who are pregnant. This is stuff our kids and adults alike deal with on a daily basis. Then we have Christians getting on their high horse being all holy and mighty condemning a song that is speaking truth and giving people a glimps into the real life that people live everyday. Get your heads out of the christian sand you got it crammed in and look around, and once you do you will see that this world is a very evil place. Our praise and worship session and 5 million dollar churches are not the answer. The only way we will win is if we deal with our issues head on tell it like it is, and show people the love of our God in the middle of all that chaos. So I thank POD for being real and giving us a small glimps of the anger and hurt that is going on in our world, because with out God I would be “I AM”

  18. Chris Barnett says:

    Id like to hear an official statement from Band and the person who actually sang the song/recorded to hear what he meant by it. Until then, the songs and lyrics are powerful and made me see how much help people need in the world and how people are all the same going through hard things. And I am so sinful I should be blown away and don’t deserve the love Jesus has for me. Because i am one of the people he mentioned.

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