Atheist APX Fan Asks a Question
Tue., Jun. 4. 2013 2:03pm EDT
We received an interesting email last week from a young man in Maine who said the following:
I want you to please hear me out. I am an atheist and also a huge ApologetiX fan (I was raised Baptist and am also a young parody artist). You are amazing at writing parodies! He raised some questions, so we wanted to share with you what our lyricist, J. Jackson, wrote back to him:
I was just wondering why you feel you have the right to write songs like "Lazy Brain" and "Smells Like Thirtysomething Spirit." As I said, I am a huge fan, but those songs actually really hurt and I know that was not your intentions.
I just think that since you are good at writing pro-Christianity songs, you should stick to that and not bash other views.
First of all, we are honored to have you as a fan. Second of all, thank you for being so polite in your questions. Third of all, thanks for your very kind words about our ability to write songs.Please pray for our atheist friend. ApologetiX is not about promoting Christianity; it's about proclaiming Christ.
I think you misunderstand what "Lazy Brain" and "Smells Like Thirtysomething Spirit" are about. Neither of those songs is aimed at atheists. Songs like "Timeline" and "The Atheists" are about atheists, but they are not meant to be mean-spirited either.
"Lazy Brain" is actually addressed toward Christians who assume that anybody -- even people who dabble or pretend to dabble in Satanism like Ozzy -- is beyond the reach of Jesus Christ. It's a song about God's grace.
"Smells Like Thirtysomething Spirit" is exhorting anybody -- including Christians -- to not be self-absorbed but to open up their eyes to good things in life that God has given to all men, whether they choose to worship Him or not. It is not about people who deal with real depression; it is about people who choose to dwell on the negative and spend their lives complaining.
We are not trying to write pro-Christianity songs. We are not trying to get anybody to embrace a particular denomination. We are trying to get people to read the Bible for themselves and to look into God in general, and Jesus in particular. I hope that explains things better.