Skillet’s John Cooper Can’t Even Watch The News Anymore: ‘Everything’s Exploding’
John Cooper, the frontman and bassist of the Skillet, talked in his recent interview with Plugged In director Adam Holz and addressed the challenges Christian parents face in raising their children in line with their values amidst today’s media landscape.
Cooper emphasized the pervasive nature of what he calls ‘wokeness’ – a worldview that encompasses and impacts every aspect of life. He said:
“I think that — this isn’t what you asked, but I think this is a really good example to explain to people that might not quite understand why this is such a big issue. What I call ‘wokeness,’ maybe you refer to as ‘being woke,’ wokeness is a totalizing worldview, and a lot of Christians still don’t understand that. They think we’re just — ‘Why are you harping on culture war? Why are making such a big deal about the fact that…?'”
To illustrate the depth of this cultural shift, Cooper shared a personal experience that highlights the tension between traditional Christian beliefs and contemporary societal changes. He continued:
“One of the things that happened with me recently with drag queens coming to the Christian music industry calling themselves Christian drag artists. ‘Why are you making such a big deal about this culture war?’ What they don’t understand is that wokeness is a totalizing narrative. And that is the reason that everything is being — in other words, it’s not just views of sexuality that are being upended.”
Cooper further explained how this shift isn’t confined to a single aspect of life but extends into various domains, challenging fundamental beliefs and practices. He said:
“It’s not just political views being upended. It’s not just views on the Middle East that are being upended. It’s every single aspect of your life because wokeness is a totalizing religion. Christianity is a totalizing religion. The kingdom of God is a totalizing kingdom. Christ is king over everything. That’s the reason it feels like I can’t even watch the news. I can’t even have a conversation. Everything’s exploding.”
Cooper’s Advice To Parents On Communicating Values
Expanding on his insights, Cooper then shifted the conversation to offer guidance to parents, drawing from both his personal experiences and the advice he penned in his book. This approach underscores the generational challenges and the evolving dynamics between parents and children in the context of faith and modern culture. He shared:
“I’d like to share something that I wrote in the book that might help parents, maybe. It helped me. When I was a kid, it used to annoy me so much when my parents would say, ‘Don’t wear your hair long.’ And I’d be, like, ‘Why? Why?’ And they’d be, like, ”Cause I said so. I’m the parent. When you get your own house, you can wear your hair long.’ … But you kind of extrapolate that conversation on to more important topics. ‘Don’t watch pornography.’ ‘Why?’ ‘Because I said so.’ ‘Don’t blah, blah, blah.’ ‘Why?’ ‘Because I said so.'”
Watch the entire interview below.