JUST three years after he traveled from the US to Canada to take part in the country’s 52nd Annual Canadian National Prayer Breakfast, Jonathan Steingard, above – lead vocalist and lead guitarist for the Christian pop-punk band, Hawk Nelson – yesterday announced on Instagram that he no longer believes in God.
In an interview a while back the Canadian-born Steingard was asked where he finds his inspiration to write and where he likes to be when writing. He described the circumstances which give him the best environment for being able to get the needed inspiration and to be able to focus on God speaking to him:
I write most of my music when my body is busy, but my brain is not. When riding in a plane, or mowing the lawn. Those are times when I am doing something mindless. My body has to be in a certain place, but my mind is free to think. I used to struggle with wondering if the thoughts I had were mine or if God was bringing them to me.One day, God gave me the revelation that everything I have is from Him. He gave me everything. I couldn’t come up with an idea for a song if not for what He has given me.
Christian music is more about the lyrics as opposed to secular music which focuses on the music itself.
Steingard feels God deserves all the credit for his music, but he admits that:
Drops in the Ocean was the most difficult song for me to write because it is written from God’s perspective, not my own.
Talking about that song, he banged on about God’s “love” and “grace.”
As of writing, news media appears not to have cottoned on to Steingard’s move from the dark side to the light. I only learned of it via Reddit.