Losing my religion: Guy Sebastian
Guy Sebastian is losing his religion. Or at least the parts of it he no longer agrees with.
When Sebastian won Australian Idol in 2003 he became a poster boy for the church and virginity.
Fast forward to 2012 and a new Sebastian song, Get Along, details the hatred and fear spawned from religious groups.
“All they know is to divide, and it’s easier if they’re faceless to hate the other side,” Sebastian sings. The chorus runs “Dear God, dear soul, dear Mary, Mohammed, can we all just get along?”
He is so proud of Get Along and its message, he’s earmarked it as the next single from his sixth album, Armageddon.
“I was seen as the poster boy for religion and I didn’t want to be,” Sebastian says.
“People thought I had a certain set of beliefs, which were very narrow, which is the complete opposite of who I am.
“People were putting me in this weird system of beliefs and judgments I didn’t belong in.”
Sebastian felt awkward being linked to establishments like the Hillsong Church.
“I didn’t want to say ‘I’m not associated with those people’ because I’ve got a friend in the Hillsong Church who’s quit his job, where he was on massive money, and all he does is help street kids.
“So if I suddenly go ‘Oh no, I’m not associated with them’, there’s good people there as well. I was in this mode where I’m trying not to hurt anyone. Anyone who knows me knows I’m not judgmental.”
Sebastian says his feelings on religion have changed over the past decade.
“It’s not less important to me, but I’m more informed about it,” he says. “My views are more based on life and discovery and research than just what I’m told, because what I was told in regards to so many things was so wrong.
“I’ve gone from a place where I was told there was one way and only one way, to being more in a place where I don’t think anyone has the right to say what they believe is more important or more significant.
“I still believe in God, I still believe in the fundamentals of that. But I base it on the fact God is love. I don’t feel God is what people have said He is throughout generations. For me it’s a faith. People sometimes lose the concept of faith.
“I don’t know if there’s only one God, I don’t know if there’s a God, I just have a faith that there is. That’s what I’ve grown up with. But the minute it starts to become about hate, I switch off.”
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