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Scott Stapp's new creed

"Scott Stapp's new creed" Continued...

Issue: "Rathergate," Sept. 25, 2004

On writing for The Passion of the Christ:

Stapp: The Passion of the Christ opportunity came along at a time when I was dealing with a lot of things in my personal life. I had no other way to look but up.

I have been broken down as a human being. So many various painful things. An unfortunate divorce. I've had friendships and relationships that went astray. I was just hurt as a human being. I don't think I'd ever dealt with my divorce, or with my other struggles, because I was so busy with Creed, always going forward, going forward, going forward.

When all that shut down, it forced me to deal with the struggles, and my spiritual life was always over in the corner calling out to me. When Creed broke up, I finally didn't have anything else to distract me. I had nothing else to do but cry out to God for help. For me, it had to get to the point where there was nowhere else to turn but to God. Once I did, I started to get some freedom in my life. I started to grow as a Christian and a person.

When I was called to write for the film, it was a final confirmation I was on the right path. With going solo, it's just ironic that Creed had to handle all the Christian connotations and questions, then that I would launch my solo career on the heels of The Passion of the Christ movie. It's really weird to me that as I'm going solo and as I'm getting my life right with God, when I step back into the public eye, that I'm doing it stamped right on the cover of the Passion CD. It's like my spiritual life and professional life are now finally going hand in hand.

On where he's headed next:

Stapp: I don't have anything to hide behind anymore. I don't have a band to hide behind anymore, and say, "We're not a Christian band." I was always afraid to speak about my faith publicly. I would always talk to God about it: "I'm not perfect. I don't want to be a stumbling block." What's helped me is that people are starting to realize that Christians don't have this holier-than-thou attitude, that we're not perfect.

Being a Christian is part of the three-dimensional person that I am. I'm not going to be having altar calls at my concerts. I'm just an artist who talks about his faith sometimes.

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