“I found God on the corner of 1st and Amistad… I said, “Where have you been?” He said, “Ask anything.”…Lost and insecure, you found me, you found me. Lying on the floor, surrounded, surrounded.”
These lyrics from the song “You Found Me” by The Fray don’t sound like those one would typically hear on a mainstream radio station like Birmingham’s 103.7 The Q, and that’s the way the Fray wants it. They want their songs to reach a crowd they wouldn’t were their music sequestered solely to a Christian audience.
The Fray has had tremendous success in the mainstream music industry. Singles from their first album “How to Save a Life” landed consistently in the Top Ten, and their second album was certified gold and earned the band a Grammy nomination.
All the band’s members are Christian.
According to an article in Christianity Today, the band feels that God called them to a secular market and that a Christian record label would be a limitation.
(For full article, see: https://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/music/interviews/2006/thefray-0706.html”
In my opinion, commercial success by secular bands with Christian ties, such as The Fray, serve to develop the Christian faith by reaching listeners who otherwise wouldn’t hear the Christian message. Music like this has the potential to touch a non-believer, urging them to search for something they otherwise would not. Even if those who listen to The Fray don’t become a Christian, at least they hear the message when perhaps otherwise they would not, and, to use Christian lingo, a seed is planted.
To view the “You Found Me” music video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFg_8u87zT0