It’s still ringing in my ears, but wow was that great. Michael W. Smith visited Herning, Denmark tonight, and of course I had to go–along with more than 5.000 Christians from all over the country. He was here for the first time two years ago, and today’s concert was just as good as the last one.
The great thing about the concert is that while it was very much a rock conert–great musicians, loud music, and an over-the-top crowd–at the same time it was so much more: a worship party, a time of devotion, an evangelistic meeting, a gathering of friends.
How often do you go to a rock concert and stay behind for an hour afterwards, talking to somewhere between 50 and 100 friends from near and far who just happened to be there?
How often do you go to a concert and sing along and jump up and down to the music, but see the band giving their praise to Jesus and praying with the crowd?
How often do you get to fill a 5.000-seat arena in ultra-secular Denmark with people praising God together? And this was not camp meeting–it was a regular scheduled concert at regular prices.
You should definitely come next time.
Interesting, though, is the complete absence of media attention. Given, not all concerts deserve the attention they might want to have. But it seems as if in Denmark committed Christians are a closed cirle of people which the media has a silent agreement to totally ignore. Unless, of course, they abuse human rights (by daring to question gay marriages) or ridicule common sense (by teaching kids that Evolution may only be a theory).
Michael W. Smith is huge in the US. He’s a Grammy winner, and well known, even outside Christian circles. He even performed at the Republican Party Convention before the last presidential election. In Denmark the name would hardly raise an eyebrow. For he’s a Christian, probably right-wing too, and that’s just something them uncivilized, backward Americans still haven’t got rid of. Thank god we’re not like that.
Danish society has come a long way the last 20 years when it comes to public acceptance of faith and religion. But I think that Michael W. Smith becoming mainstream is still way down the line.