Last year I found myself at school in Athens, Ga, unsure about a lot of things that I had once been convinced of and looking for honest people who I could be honest with. I like to be honest, but I’ve found that not everyone really wants you to be honest with them. I also like to play music. Through a couple encounters with people like Justin Kimmel and Aaron Slaten, I then found myself doing music at Christ Community Church with Mission Athens Music. I quickly realized that these people weren’t just a band who played at a church, but a group of people who lived life with each other, knew each other, and shared each other’s burdens. At practice, we would talk, some people would pray and we would make honest music to share with the people on Sunday.
A year later, I am still not sure about a lot of things. I’m still trying to figure out who God is, what his intentions are, and why belief in him is so difficult most of the time, but groups of people like the men and women of Mission Athens Music give me hope. They give me hope because I can see that I’m not alone. We play music that resonates deeply with the restless and unbelieving heart, music that reminds us that if the Gospel is true, then we need not worry about the depth of our sin and the dimness of our faith, music that reminds us that all things are being made new, whether we like it or not, and music that can cut through the darkest moments of doubt. Whatever I am or am not sure of at the end of the day, I know that the heart of Mission Athens Music is to point people toward the fact that hope is not lost.