Author: Laura Bennett
Chris Llewellyn has probably done a lot of movie-watching this month; along with the rest of the Rend Collective troupe, the Northern Irish singer has recently made his first ever trip to Australia—those long-hall flights!
It is the first chance Aussies have had to get a live taste of the band’s folk-worship-rock flair.
Unlike a lot of high profile worship artists, music and Jesus weren’t Chris Llewellyn’s first love, as he grew up in the Irish seaside town of Bangor. For years, Chris played high school football, enjoying the ‘tough guy’ image it fostered, and the attention it drew from fans. Sport was a career he was set on pursuing, until a shoulder injury forced him into some introspective downtime.
“I kind of started thinking about life and [wondering], ‘is there more to it than colliding with other people?’ Chris joked. “I started to investigate the Bible for myself instead of letting my parent’s views influence me, and I profoundly met Jesus in those words.”
“Sometimes the impression we get of Jesus is that He’s just ‘super nice’… When I started to understand who Jesus is, I found He’s almost the original activist.”
The ‘Jesus’ Chris discovered in that season, was unlike any he’d encountered before. “Sometimes the impression we get of Jesus is that He’s just ‘super nice’,” said Chris. “To me… that wasn’t all that compelling; I’ve met a lot of ‘nice’ people and usually what that means is ‘passive’.
“When I started to understand who Jesus is, [I found] He’s almost the original activist. He’s the very best part of every civil rights movement that’s ever happened… There’s something so much more compelling in a Jesus and a God who is active, and isn’t just ‘nice’, but is ready to speak truth with power, and overturn empires.”