Alice Cooper speaking on his faith in Jesus Christ and Christians are called to follow God (taken from “Alice Cooper is a Christian” published in Jesus Journal Tuesday March 28th, 2006):
I was pretty much convinced all my life that there was just one God and there was Jesus Christ and there was the Devil.
You couldn’t believe in God without believing in the Devil. I always tell bands that the most dangerous thing you can do is to believe in the concept of the Devil or the concept of God, because you’re not giving them full credit. When you believe in God, you’ve got to believe in the all-powerful God. He’s not just God, He’s the all-powerful God and He has total control over everyone’s life. The Devil, on the other hand, is a real character that’s trying his hardest to tear your life apart. If you believe that this is just mythology, you’re a prime target because you know that’s exactly what Satan wants: To be a myth. But he’s not a myth, of this I’m totally convinced. More than anything in the world, I’m convinced of that.
We have to make a choice. And everybody, at some point in their lives, has to make that choice. When people say, ‘How do you believe this? Why do you believe this?’ I just say nothing else speaks to my heart. This doesn’t speak to my intellect, it doesn’t speak to my logic – it speaks right to my heart and right to my soul, deeper than anything I’ve ever thought of. And I totally believe it. That being said, I’m not a very good Christian. I mean, none of us are ever ‘good’ Christians. That’s not the point. When you’re a Christian, it doesn’t mean you’re gonna be good, it means you’ve got a harder road to pull.
I’m the first one to rock as loud as I can, but when it comes to what I believe, I’m the first one to defend it too. It has also gotten me in trouble with the staunch Christians who believe that in order to be a Christian you have to be on your knees 24 hours a day in a closet somewhere. Hey, maybe some people can live like that, but I don’t think that’s the way God expected us to live. When Christ came back, He hung out with the whores, the drunks and miscreants because they were people that needed Him. Christ never spent His time with the Pharisees.
It’s obvious humanity is craving for answers directly born of awareness. That’s the healthiest thing I’ve seen in a long time because there is something better and everybody’s gotta find it in their own way. People aren’t feeling fulfilled by how many cars they own or the size of their stock portfolio. Even the addicts are saying, ‘It doesn’t matter how many drugs I take, I’m not fulfilled. This isn’t satisfying.’ There’s a spiritual hunger going on. Everybody feels it. If you don’t feel it now, you will. Trust me. You will.
I like the comment that Alice made about there not being any “good” Christians. We tend to rank Christians in categories such as “good,” “bad,” “serious,” “kind of,” “hard core,” and “some what” Christian. The truth is there really are just two classifications, “Christian” and “Not Christian.” The moment a person has faith in Christ, that person is a Christian and has salvation. Alice also nails that we’re always looking for love in the all the wrong places! Even Christians fall into this trap from time to time, but Jesus and what he offers is the only way we can be satisfied, because what he offers is eternal; it’s permanent!
Some might have problems with Alice’s stage antics and image but I know that he has said in other interviews that he doesn’t sing any of his old songs that encourage or glorify drunkeness, drugs, or adulteress sex anymore. He also sees that what he is doing is showing people that evil is real, that Satan is real through his work, countering the idea that Satan is just a myth as he spoke about in the interview above.
I also find it inspiring that as the grandfather of “shock rock,” Alice is mentoring and speaking Jesus into the lives of the younger generation of rockers who are following in his genre and style. I read another interivew of his once that indicated that he didn’t think that his stage show was the place to speak his faith, but that he does it a lot one on one backstage. Isn’t it rad that he is getting to share his faith like this, that there is a Christian that some non-Christian rock artists respect and look up to as a pioneer in their field? My gut is that he should be more vocal about his faith on the stage, but maybe he has a good take on what his ministry actually is and there are numerous interviews and articles like the one I have quoted on-line.
BTW, Alice Cooper ran for president of the US once!