Protesting "Monk Rock"
by Diane Marie Ferrara
(The following letters was sent to John Talbot)
Dear John Michael Talbot,
I listened to segments of your new "Monk
I have to say I was really shocked and
saddened that you have reduced sacred themes to such a profane setting.
There is absolutely no justification for this.
If I were you, I would pray long and
deeply for light on this.
Putting sacred music to rock themes is
tantamount to desecration.
The true Christian, the radical Christian,
who has the mind of Christ, puts the world away from him; he does
not try to pour sacred themes into "old wineskins" -- into vessels
sullied with passions and profane culture. Rather, he labors to rid
society of those corruptions of culture that conduce to a debasement
of life and living.
You left the rock culture behind years
ago....why do you go back to it now? It wasn't evil just because of the
drugs and drinking. It was evil because it was one and the same thing
with all that. Rock is the product of a fallen civilization.
You should be working against such things,
not marketing it and -- worse yet -- desecrating sacred themes by
dousing them with a heavy rock infusion.
Do not pretend to be serving God and
Christ in all this.
Let us pray for one another to be faithful
to the end.
Yours in Christ