Let us take a gander as a few of Jesusí disciples discuss one of their favorite topics... Music.
John: God, I love punk music.
Peter: Wait. Wait! You cannot be serious. Christians canít be punk.
John: Uh...yes, they can.
Paul: Says who?
John: For starters, the punk mentality. I mean, Christians totally go against what todayís standards are.
Paul: Oh yeah, and I bet you are going to say that Jesus was the first punk rocker.
John: He was. He flipped over tables.
Paul: Even Tom Gabel uses tables as weapons, and his band is on a major label.
John: Well, Jesus disobeyed authority.
Paul: Right...except for his dad, and we all know what his dad made him do.
John: Dude, Jesus started a group of followers to go against the Roman Empire.
Paul: Yea, and now they are called Christians. They follow orders like a bunch of sheep and claim everything they do is for the greater good.
John: Not all of them. Even Ian MacKaye regrets starting straight-edge because of some of the crazy followers.
Thomas: Excuse me...but what exactly is punk rock?
Paul: You donít know?! It is basically rock music with an edge. The lyrics are usually politically charged.
Thomas: Hmm...Iíd have to see it to believe it.
John: And not every band has politics behind their music. Take a look at MxPx, they are a punk band with Christian members, and they usually just sing about girls.
Paul: Not true; I mean, they have an album called Teenage Politics.
John: Yeah, but being punk is also about having fun. Check this out, MxPx just released a Christmas album. A PUNK Christmas album.
Paul: Whoa, two of my favorite things, combined.
John: Yea, all the songs but two are compiled from previous releases, though.
Paul: Oh, cool, that is kind of like my favorite book. How are the songs?
John: How do you feel about teen angst mixed with Jesusí birth?
Paul: Oh, I guess it is okay.
John: Have you heard any other MxPx albums?
Paul: Only one, but I donít really remember it.
John: Yea, this one is pretty forgettable too. Do you like '90s skate punk?
Paul: Yea! So I should get this?
John: If you like Christmas, and are a fan of the band. Otherwise, it is an okay listen once.
Paul: Punk Rawk!