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Behind EP2 – Halo(s)

Posted by Jason On July - 2 - 2009


Behind EP2 – Halo(s)

My friend Jon commented on the EP2 page asking me to give a little background on the EP2 songs, so I thought I would begin with Halo(s).

Halo(s) got it’s start after a long practice where we worked on a “trouble song.”

By “trouble song,” I mean a musical idea that we just haven’t been able to complete.  This little piece of music has been on the back burner for nearly a year.  We’re actually working on a little mini-documentary on the development of the song.

As usually happens with this “trouble song,” we came to a standstill during practice.  Sometimes when we’re stuck  I’ll just ask Corbin to just play a cool beat, or give us a good groove so we can just have a clean musical canvas.  So he did, and the creative juices got kicked started again.  About an hour later we had the basic skeleton for Halo(s).

Lyrically, Halo(s) is about my frustration with Christianity, or more so, popular American Christianity.

I am a Christian.  I will not deny that.  I know some who believe what I believe, but try to avoid the label Christian because of the weight or preconditions that come with it.  When it comes to my personal faith, I can’t separate myself from the wake of destruction I feel a lot of Christian groups have caused because it’s my problem.  I am part of that group, whether I like it or not.

So what are my frustrations?

Really, there are a lot of them.  Ultimately, it boils down to the fact that instead of being renewed and transformed through a relationship with Christ, the American church has diluted Christianity down to a list of rules, practices, and political alliances.

In the church there is a lack of transparency, so much so, that it’s much easier to hold the line and appear as if everything is okay, than to be transparent about your insecurities and struggles.  As a result, Christians become great actors, but horrible reflections of Christ.

The public generally believes that Christians hate homosexuals.  They get this impression because our actions show that the evangelical church does hate homosexuals.  Divorce rates within the church are no different than divorce rates outside of the church.  A lot of Christians will fight to the death to make sure abortion is banned, but do little, if anything, to help single mothers, or women who are in situations where abortion is the easiest option.  I can go on, but I think you get the idea.

I’m ready for Christians to start living what is required of us, and start making a difference through compassionate action, rather than pushing for mindless, self-gratifying legislation.

I apologize that these have been such harsh words, but they are my frustrations.  I feel that I can voice them because I am as much to blame as the next Christian.

The general idea of Halo(s) is that we (Christians) are no different than those who are not Christians, except that we have accepted grace through Christ.  We should not hold ourselves on a pedestal, but should instead, be humbled and understand the responsibilities that come with the acceptance of our faith.

3 Responses

  1. Paul Osbon Said,

    I really liked this.. I’ve wanted Taylor to do the same thing for his songs.
    and I love the EP. I can’t wait to hear these tracks live.

    Posted on July 2nd, 2009 at 3:25 AM

  2. Taylor Said,

    I agree that the American church is a far cry from the church that Jesus talks about. Essentially, one is capitalist and one is almost communist. I really respect that you said you can’t separate yourself from the awful things christians do. That’s not a position that modern christians usually take, and its refreshing.
    I, personally, still think christianity (and pretty much every religion) is harmful, dangerous, and requires that people “do away with reason” as Martin Luther put it, but I think the world would be a much better place if christians took your possition more often than not. This is the only song I’ve heard so far from the new ep but its great.

    Posted on July 2nd, 2009 at 9:19 AM

  3. Jon Wilson Said,

    Jason, I just read this post and the next. First of all, thank you for explaining a bit of your thoughts. I always find this interesting. Next, thank you for your honesty as well. I find myself having similar thoughts at times. I am a parent of two children and I see myself at times teaching them something that I haven’t mastered and I feel like a hypocrite. I like your last line that says “…but should instead, be humbled and understand the responsibilities that come with the acceptance of our faith.” I am constantly humbled by my children and feel a similarity to what you are talking about here. My hope for myself as a parent and a Christian is that I am always trying to learn and apply that to my life. To always be growing. I believe that the biggest problem with Christianity is the Christians. Hopefully people can see Christ and look past us. Once again, thank you for these posts, as a fan of your music, it’s nice to get some of the inside scoop. P.S. You missed a great rock-n-roll weekend in Springfield this last weekend.

    Posted on July 29th, 2009 at 12:24 AM

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