Music & Culture
Should Christians Attend Coachella and Other Music Festivals?
Written by Christi Given | April 21, 2017
Since music festival season is upon us, I wanted to see what you, the Project Inspired community, think about believers going to places like the Coachella Valley for the music and arts annual festival in April. Do you think it is wise to go to these types of concerts or are they too worldly? Some of the music festivals like Stagecoach (the country music festival), Lollapalooza and the iHeartRadio Music festival can be wild with lots of drinking and drugs, but some people go for the fashion and music. What do you think, PI Girls?
At some of the different music and art festivals, there can be a lot of opportunities to be a light and to celebrate the creativity, but there can be a lot of darkness, too. How do we navigate being in the world and not of it? Of course, in the Bible there were a lot of feasts, festivals and celebrations, and we are not called to be legalistic or religious. Jesus ate with the sinners, but He was there to make an impact on the world, not to be impacted by it. I think the key is to go to these events with the mindset of being a light and enjoying life, versus going in blindly and getting caught up in the worldliness of it.
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. (Romans 12:2)
Some of the artists that are in the lineup for Coachella are Banks, Lady Gaga, Radiohead, Space Jesus, Elohim (a name of God), Tove Lo, Swet Shop Boys and more. Some of these artists can be inspiring, while others can be blasphemous and vulgar. Where do we draw the line of copying and supporting the secular versus changing culture and contributing to the positive? I’m not saying you shouldn’t go to Coachella or the iHeartRadio Music Festival (to each her own), but I am presenting some questions as food for thought to pray for our society and the next generation, and to challenge you to not just hop on the bandwagon of what is popular in our day and age.
In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:16)
Sometimes there will be events that we are called to go to and support to be that voice, that salt or light, and at times God will want us to refrain in order to focus on the things that build His Kingdom. I believe it’s very good to maintain a mindset of balance of enjoying life and culture while keeping a healthy fear of God and respect for what the believers are doing as well. We can be in the music industry and not of it, but also what we sow into is what we support. Pray and ask God if He would want you to be in those surroundings.
If you believe you are able to be that light and want to share the Gospel in the world, that’s beautiful, but if you feel it will lead you down a road that could tempt or take you off course, just pray and ask God, and do not let FOMO (fear of missing out) convince you to participate in events that you may not feel peace about. In the meantime, you can also make a difference to others in these places who may never step into a church. We are the church as the body of Christ (it is not a building), but we must stand for what we believe in through our actions, and really live out our message, amen?
You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. (Matthew 5:13)
[Source: fuse.tv/2017/01/best-music-festivals-2017; news.iheart.com/features/2017-iheartradio-daytime-village-presented-by-797]
PI Girls, have you attended Coachella and other music festivals? What was your experience like? Comment below!