It was almost as if contemporary Christian band Newsboys subconsciously predicted the political and social unrest of 2017 when they released their latest studio album "Love Riot" last year.
Songs such as the title track "Love Riot" urged listeners to start a revolution of love in a broken world by spreading the message of salvation and allowing God to work through them.
Newsboys drummer Duncan Phillips laughs and agrees it was a timely coincidence. He hopes Big Church Night Out, an event much like the Rock and Worship Roadshow the Newsboys headlined in early 2016 at The Broadmoor World Arena, will inspire an outbreak of kindness and acceptance.
"This was before any of the crazy rioting," said Phillips about the album. "We were just feeling it. We're not here to convict you or stand on a soapbox and preach to you. We just want to share the love of Christ with you. That's what's going to bring us together. It's not me thinking I'm better than you or telling people they're going to hell if they don't change their ways. That's just unkind. We're doing a George Costanza (from 'Seinfeld'), and doing the opposite of what the churches do."
The Newsboys will headline the Christian music-centric event Thursday at The Broadmoor World Arena. They'll perform alongside Sidewalk Prophets, 7eventh Time Down, Derek Minor, Blanca, worship leader Jamison Strain and others.
The Dove Award-winning band has been around for more than two decades, sold more than 8 million albums and scored 33 No. 1 radio hits, including "We Believe," "He Reigns," "Miracles" and "The Cross Has the Final Word."
"What we're trying to do is have people come to church with the Newsboys," Phillips said. "It doesn't matter what denomination you are, or what color or race or age. It's an opportunity for people from all walks of life to come together and celebrate those things we can celebrate together, and that's our lord and savior Jesus Christ at the end of the day."
JENNIFER MULSON, THE GAZETTE, 636-0270, JEN.MULSON@GAZETTE.COM