Emery Left Tooth & Nail to Become Bad Christian Music

Emery
Emery. Tooth & Nail Records

Matt, Toby and Joey -- collectively known as the Christian metal band Emery -- made a pretty big announcement in September 2013 ... They decided to leave Tooth & Nail Records (the label home to Family Force 5, Hawk Nelson and Icon For Hire, as well as several other popular bands) to form their own record label (called Bad Christian Music). While that was big news, it was not really profound news because artists change record labels all the time.

The profound stuff was the rest of the story ...

These three guys are all Christians. They write music and sing about life as Christians. But that is where the similarity to many other Christian bands ends. They go out into the world, playing bars and clubs (think Mark 2:17 "And when Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of a physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners") in order to share Jesus with the world instead of just the church. They openly admit that they are flawed and that they are sinners. "As Jesus pursues change in our hearts, our most effective response is BEING HONEST and transparent with our weaknesses and struggles," they share.

This honesty, both about their faith and their weakness, has gained them detractors from both sides of the fence. Some Christians apparently don't think they're "Christian enough" because they "squander their platform of positive influence" by staying outside of the church bubble.

Those who don't know Christ think they're "too Christian" because they openly talk about "religious BS." (All comments courtesy of a press release provided by the band). Despite the anti-fans from both sides of the fence, they continue to do what they have been doing for over ten years now ... making music about life as flawed people who have a Great Savior.

In a total and complete movement to what I call a "no mask zone," the band members openly embraced being "bad Christians" by changing their blog un-learning.org to badchristian.com and forming the new label. In a press release, they explained the term "bad Christian" by saying, "In short, a common theme and belief of ours is that the pursuit of being a 'good Christian' is a flawed goal, as it circumvents and distracts the pursuit of Jesus Christ himself. We liken the pursuit of being a 'good Christian' to what the Bible would label as being a good Pharisee. We prefer to label followers of Jesus as Bad Christians who fortunately have a Great Savior. We also believe that Jesus grows, changes, and makes people better."

As a poster-child for God's grace and one of the most flawed people and imperfect people you will ever meet, I can definitely say "Amen and Amen again!" to that. If being willing to admit that my sins are big but my Savior is bigger makes me a "bad Christian," then go ahead and enroll me in the club! I'll proudly wear the t-shirt because my life is a living example of Ephesians 2:8-9, "8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast."