They have tattoos and piercings all over their bodies, play loud music, and shout their message out to the world. Although their music does not sound like the one a Christian band would play, they are.
In fact: P.O.D. (Payable on Death) is considered to be one of, if not THE, most successful Christian rock/rap metal band of all times. On August 21st P.O.D. will release their latest album “The Awakening“. On their website singer and lyricist Sonny Sandoval states:
“The Awakeningis meant to be listened to in its entirety… Every song ultimately explores a character dealing with life, making mistakes, fighting, trying. But we also live in a singles-type world, and it works on that level, too.”1
The featured song on their new album is called “This Goes Out To You“.
It is about respect and that we have to earn the same because respect is not something which is simply given to us.
P.O.D. was formed back in 1992 in San Diego, California. The name „Payable On Death“ is tied to the Christian theology and reflects that all of our debts have been payed for with Jesus dying on the Cross. Despite their lyrics and name they do not identify themselves officially as a Christian band but more a rock band that loves God. And this is where the critics come in. They say P.O.D.’s songs are anything but religious. During an interview with the Rolling Stones Magazine the band states, however, that:
„There’s a thousand different definitions of what a Christian is, but we don’t feel like there are any lines.“2
They have their own way of believing in God. Just as Willy Wiedmann did which you can see in his life work “The Wiedmann Bible“. Some Christians might be surprised about how his hand-painted pictures reflect the Word of God. In order to create the world’s longest painted Bible he studied over 40 different versions of the Holy Scriptures and included this knowledge into this paintings. However, you should make up your own opinion. Download the free “The Wiedmann Bible” app and let us know what you think.
2 Rolling Stone, Dec. 14-21, 2000, p. 102