Can Church Be Hip? Ctd

by Chris Bodenner

A reader writes:

A good example of the genre would be “If You Find Yourself Caught in Love” by Belle & Sebastian.  You’d be hard-pressed to argue that they aren’t indie hipster darlings, and lead singer Stuart Murdoch is a pretty devout Christian.  He rarely makes direct religious statements in his songs (there are lots of sidelong references), but this song is pretty straightforward. It doesn’t get much more Christian Hipster-y than the lyric, "If you find yourself caught in love/say a prayer to the man above/You should thank Him for every day you pass/you should thank Him for saving your sorry ass."

Stuart spoke about his faith with the Guardian in 2004:

"I'm not actually a Christian with a capital C," he says. "I'm still asking questions. But I had this time when I found myself singing all these old hymns in my kitchen and I couldn't work out why I was doing it. Then one Sunday morning I got up, looked at my watch, and thought, 'I wonder if I could make it to a church service?' It was so welcoming. It just felt like you were coming home. Twelve years later, I've never left."

Although he has now reluctantly given up his job as church caretaker, he still sings in the choir every Sunday, which has done more to broaden the congregation's demographic spread than any evangelist could dream of.

(Bonus tracks: Daniel Radosh, author of Rapture Ready! Adventures in the Parallel Universe of Christian Pop Culture, made a playlist of "10 great Christian rock songs. Really."  Listen to them here.)