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There is no denying it: Americans are obsessed with politics. Turn off the television, close your laptop, silence your phone, and you are likely to still be buzzing from the swarm of public conversations on who will occupy the oval office this January. Whether opining on their policies, platforms, or personal lives and convictions, culture is staking their claim and taking sides.

And the Church is anything but immune to the conflict.

Feeling the pull between a nation divided and a Kingdom united, Christians are feeling the cultural sway to trump (pun intended) faith in the Eternal to place our hearts in the alluring vices, yet flaky positions, of politics. As thirty-something husbands and fathers and responsible citizens who strive to pattern their lives after the example of Jesus, the members of Tenth Avenue North understand living in the twenty-first century tension between God and country.

After the band’s last recording performed less-than-expected commercially, the thoughtful collective pushed pause to beg the question, “Why do we make music?” Having long been respected as a band willing to plunge beneath the surface of radio hits, industry achievements and sales successes—all of which have been awarded to the band several times over—to utilize music as a channel to provoke thought in the Church, the band emerged from their motivations with a revival in their hearts and a refreshed definition of “success.”

Lead less, follow more.

And so amid a season where culture is channeling all of its energy into promoting the next leader of the free world, Mike, Jason, Jeff, Brendon and Ruben are focusing their efforts on cultivating followers, presented on the band’s brand new, and aptly titled, playlist—Followers (Providentbuy).

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About The Author

Andrew Greer
Contributor

Andrew Greer is a multiple Dove Award-nominated singer/songwriter, respected author, and co-creator of the innovative Hymns for Hunger tour with Cindy Morgan, raising awareness and resources for hunger relief organizations in hundreds of cities across the country. On tour, Andrew has shared the stage with folks like Amy Grant, Brandon Heath and Andrew Peterson. His songs have been recorded by artists like Jaci Velasquez, Seth & Nirva and Nic Gonzales (of Salvador). And his first book – Transcending Mysteries – co-authored with Ginny Owens, was published by Thomas Nelson in 2015. Andrew is also host of CCM Magazine’s “Features on Film” series, featuring one-on-one conversations with some of music’s biggest artists. For more information visit: andrew-greer.com or hymnsforhunger.com.

  • Lisa Mericle Graham

    These guys are the REAL deal. Love God, their families, and their fans. Always encouraging with their lyrics, and willing to talk about topics most sweep under the rug. I have been one of their fans since “The Light Meets The Dark” and they just keep getting better and better. Great article about God loving guys who walk out their faith through their music, and give glory to God in everything.