by Steven Ertelt
June 14, 2007
Winona Lake, IN (LifeNews.com) — Thousands of teens and young adults will attend the nation’s largest pro-life rock concert next week in Indiana as they gather at the Pro-Life Music Festival in southern Indiana. The festival features dozens of Christian rock bands all of whom agree with the pro-life community that abortion is wrong and destroys the lives of unborn babies before birth.
The rock band Skillet, which has received critical acclaim in both the Christian and mainstream markets, heads a lineup of 36 bands which will entertain concert-goers.
The event is held at Grace College athletic fields in Winona Lake and organizers say they expect anywhere from 8,000 to 10,000 people to attend.
"Our purpose is to communicate the truth about God and who He is and to become a voice making a difference on the issue of abortion," says Matt Clupper, the event organizer. "We believe there’s never a need for an abortion. There’s always a better solution. We feel like if we have an event where the bands are great and just speak openly and honestly, we can make an impact."
Some of the tope-named bands that will join Skillet on stage include Rebecca St. James, Tree63, Stellar Kart, Starfield, Seventh Day Slumber, Leeland, Fireflight, and Ayiesha Woods.
Attendees will enjoy music from artists whose styles range from hard rock to pop to R&B but the main message of the concert is to educate young people about abortion and encourage their involvement in the pro-life movement.
"It’s largely about trying to effectively communicate to the youth culture," Clupper added.
"We’re trying to be credible and culturally relevant and to be different than some of the other voices they’re hearing. Music is a powerful way of connecting with the youth culture. It’s a pretty effective communication tool."
Though the festival is an effort to teach teens and young adults that abortion is wrong, it’s not an attempt to bash women over the head who have had abortions. Instead, Clupper wants the young adults to understand that such women need Christian love and forgiveness.
"The Pro-Life Music Festival isn’t about pointing a finger at people, but rather it is an effort to acknowledge that life is a precious gift from God,” he says on the festival’s web site.
“If we show those in need the righteous plan that God has in mind for us, and let them know of the awesome forgiveness, mercy, and love that God offers through Jesus, then we will be well on our way to ending abortion, growing the eternal Kingdom of God, and making the world a better place to live along the way.”
Admission to the event is free and there is a $5 fee for those who want to camp out on the festival grounds.
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