on Friday night i went with Hey-Pay, Pola, Pants and a few others to the Rock & Worship Roadshow! the people i went with and i are all LDS, and the performers and most of the audience were some other denomination of Christians, but we had little trouble rocking out together. the music (for the most part) was great! very uplifting and pleasant to listen to, upbeat and fun for dancing. a lot of the theology was very similar to what we believe in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints too. there was a lot of "Jesus loves you" and "be a believer"; "be doers of the Word," and "once you know Christ you are more willing and better able to reach out and lift up those around you." good, Christan values!
the show opened with a band called Luminate who i particularly enjoyed.
i really like their song "Banner of Love"
the next band was Kutless, also very good. their song "Even If" was really good.
i believe Adam Cappa was next. adorable and very humble and sincere in his testimony and conviction.
another performer was Jeremy Camp. i had a little trouble with his entrance. he started with a video about being "reckless" in your approach to God. being a word person, i didn't really like the use of the word or the way he applied it, but then as he explained and performed his song by that title it made more sense and i liked him better.
the next group was called Tedashii and they rapped. i am not a fan of rap so i'm not going to post anything by them. i couldn't understand most of what they were saying and i just generally was not a fan. you can look them up if you'd like.
the last group to perform (and it seemed that they were really the ones in charge of the whole show) was MercyMe. i'd heard a couple of their songs on the regular radio, "I Can Only Imagine" is a great one you're probably familiar with. my favorite one they performed was "The Hurt & The Healer"
at the end of the show, the lead singer for MercyMe Bart Millard, who had been the one who seemed in charge of things, got up and talked about what he believed. i think that the point he was trying to make is like what it says in Romans 8. "Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?" basically he was saying that God loves us so much no matter what we do or don't do that nothing can make Him not love us. he kind of presented some ideas that i don't think are true, like he mentioned we can't possibly keep all the 10 Commandments so we should stop trying...i personally think the 10 Commandments are not impossible, and even if they are we should still do our best to keep them, but i think he was trying to say that we shouldn't beat ourselves up and let guilt and sin overcome us to the point of making us forget about God's love and mercy. anyway, like i said, some of his beliefs coincide with my own, some are not so similar but that's the great thing about life, we're all allowed the agency to decide for ourselves what we believe!
anyway, i hope you enjoyed a little taste of the concert. it was a lot of fun to go out with the girls and sample some other ideas and theologies...and rock out in the process! i'm definitely interested in going again next year if the Roadshow comes this way.