After last week’s concert, I’ve been listening a lot to the music of Casting Crowns, which gets even better by familiarity. I have especially warmed to the song “While You Were Sleeping”- which is about how humanity too often ignores God, even when He’s right there in front of us. It’s still a very good song, but my impression was somewhat tainted when I discovered a political agenda hidden in this song.
Observe the fourth verse: “United States of America //Looks like another silent night// Every son deceived by philosophies // That save the trees and kill the children” It seems to me that CC are expressing a stance against the environment and against choice (in abortion).
I know this is a touchy subject, and perhaps not as controversial in the U.S. But I strongly believe that politics and religion should be kept separate. I am happy that the Seventh-day Adventist Church promotes religious liberty and separation of church and state. I believe that, as a Christian living in a democracy, you ought to take part in that democracy, but nobody should expect you to have this or that political view because of your religion.