This past Sunday night on 60 minutes Steve Kroft interviewed Coldplay just before the Grammies, where the band won best rock album and song of the year.
I’m not saying they’re Christians, but I could see much of God’s common grace in the interview. For example:
“We rely more on enthusiasm than actual skill,” lead singer Chris Martin said. “Whatever you do, do it enthusiastically and people will like it more.”
Enthusiasm should be the hallmark of Christians. We serve the most glorious King in the most glorious cause. How enthusiastic we should be about worshiping Jesus!
“And the other reason why we do well is because U2 is still on holiday. So…they’re back in March. So, you know, as soon as they come back, we drop down the ladder a bit,” Chris Martin joked. “So, we’re in our last week of substitute teaching.”
Chris Martin was self-effacing. That’s how Christians should be. We shouldn’t take ourselves seriously. “To the humble he gives favor” (PR 3.34)
“They all share equally in the profits and Will Champion [drummer] and Guy Berryman [bass player] are thrilled that Chris Martin gets all the attention.”
“I couldn’t imagine coming out of my house and there being photographers out there. I wouldn’t be able to just walk away from that,” Berryman said.
“It’s a blessing to be in this band and to not be the singer,” Champion added.
“They seem perfectly happy to let you have…the spotlight,” said Kroft.
Believers should be glad when others are honored. “Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another” (GA 5.26).
“I can’t dance like Usher. I can’t sing like Beyonce. I can’t write songs like Elton John,” Martin said. “But, we can do the best we can with what we’ve got… And so that’s what we do. We just go for it.”
Believers should do the best we can with what we’ve got. “The hand of the diligent makes rich” (PR 10.4)
“Look, you guys are one of the biggest groups in the world right now. How did that happen?” Kroft asked.
“All we do is, we try really, really hard,” Jonny Buckland, lead guitarist said, laughing.
Christians should try really, really hard to work out our salvation, since God is working in us to will and work for his good pleasure (PHP 2.12).
Enthusiasm, humility, diligence. Let’s pursue these qualities for God’s glory!
Quotes from CBS.com
photo by Christoph!