This past Saturday, Justin and I were lucky enough to be invited into a group of discounted block tickets to see Chris Tomlin and Kari Jobe in concert at the Consol Energy Center! I’m not sure what the normal ticket prices were, but within our group, we paid $17 a ticket. My friend heard about this group special on the radio (you had to have 20 people in your group to get the deal), and she immediately got on Facebook and started trying to put a group together. Justin and I took the last two spots! And it was definitely worth it.
I feel embarrassed admitting this, but I didn’t realize for AWHILE that Chris Tomlin was on the stage. Our tickets said that Louie Giglio would also be there, and I had no idea who he was (I know! I should know this!). Louie Giglio is the pastor of a well-known church in Atlanta, and he is an excellent speaker. However, I thought that he was a singer, so when Chris Tomlin came on the stage, I thought I was listening to Louie Giglio (because of the order the names were listed on my ticket). I got upset because my camera died pretty early on into the show, and I thought, “Now I won’t be able to take pictures of Chris Tomlin! I only got all these pictures of this Louie Giglio guy who I don’t even know!” And then Louie Giglio came onto the stage to speak….and it all made sense. And I realized, I did have pictures of Chris Tomlin after all. No wonder I happened to know all of those songs he sang! 😉
I felt really silly about my misunderstanding, since I was probably the only one in my group who didn’t know what was going on. (Justin tried to tell me, but I could barely hear him through the loud music.) But after I thought about it for awhile, I decided that it’s more of a testament to Christian artists that I didn’t know what he looked like (or what many Christian artists look like, for that matter). When I hear a Taylor Swift song, I can immediately picture her singing it with her bright red lipstick on. When I hear a Kelly Clarkson song, I can imagine her singing it in to the microphone, bouncing up and down to the beat on a stage. When I hear a Chris Tomlin song….I don’t picture Chris Tomlin; I picture God instead. I think most Christian artists carry out their careers in a way that doesn’t point back to them, or create fame or vanity for themselves. They write and sing their music intending it to point to God, and lead us closer to him. And that’s a good thing. 🙂