Billy Corgan: End Rock 'n' Roll's Crisis Theology
Earlier this summer, Paula Bolyard asked the question: "What great things will God do with our generation if we admit our inability to fix this on our own?" She cited actor Rainn Wilson's remarks on "The Next Big Thing":
I think there’s another revolution coming. I’m not sure what it’s going to look like but I think it’s going to be very interesting and it’s going to unfold over the next ten years. And I think it needs to be a spiritual revolution because I think that our systems are broken. I don’t think our political system will ever work. No matter how great a man, if you cloned JFK and Abraham Lincoln and made them president it wouldn’t matter. Our system is just too corrupt and too broken.
Corgan's remarks are revolutionary not because he noted the boring nature of Christian rock, but because he detailed the transition an individual and a nation must make in order to grow and improve. Talking about God isn't talking about religion, or what certain people of a particular religion think about God -- talking about God is talking about yourself and your nation in relation to the Almighty.
And, lest we be considered rude, talking about God should also involve talking to God: "If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land," the verse goes. Considering that the champion of our faith spoke to God face to face "as one speaks to a friend," I'm pretty sure He'll reply. We already have an entire book of His answers to give us a running start.