Lead singer of band 'Skillet' encourages Christians to fight for justice and against 'wokeness'

"America’s ethical foundation was found from the Bible," Cooper said. Cooper joins other musicians such as Kid Rock and Dolly Parton who have been pushing back against "cancel culture" and "woke" ideology.

Published: November 11, 2023 11:20pm

Lead singer of the Christian rock band "Skillet" and podcast host John Cooper encourages Christians to fight back against "woke" culture and speak up for true justice in his upcoming book, "Wimpy, Weak and Woke."

"We are in a dangerous place," Cooper said in an exclusive interview with Just the News. "A lot of religious people want to be ultra tolerant. Western civilization is about to crumble. This is an attack on Judeo-Christian values which is what built the entire west. So wake up." 

Cooper has been on the music scene since 1996 when "Skillet" was formed. Since then, the band has been nominated for two Grammy Awards in 2009 and 2013, and has won four Dove Awards from the Gospel Music Association. 

He said that prior to 2020, he typically stayed out of politics but recent events have inspired him to speak out on cultural and spiritual issues as it relates to the state of the U.S. and Christianity. 

"If people are wondering why there are drag queens at their kids' schools or why you have to sign a DEI statement at work or why college kids are cheering on the Israeli massacre... all these things are answered in this book," Cooper said. 

The book will be released on Nov. 14 and is described as a how to guide to "save America from Utopian destruction."

"America’s ethical foundation was found from the Bible," Cooper said. "The woke movement to sort of hijacked western principles and used it against us."

He said that it is important for Christians to get involved in the culture war, but a lot of times it is defined incorrectly.

“I’m not critical of the term culture war, but I am critical of Christians who are critical of the culture war because they are defining it incorrectly," he said. "Christians need to get involved in this battle. They need to be the ones going to these school board meetings and say no to these issues such as no to gender stuff and CRT [critical race theory]."

“I guess you can either call that ‘culture war’ or standing up for righteousness,” Cooper added. “What is also frustrating is Christians that are vocal on pro-life issues and not others issues. What they don’t understand is that the issue of life is a part of every aspect. When I see the secular left coming after kids with all this transgender stuff-that's also an issue of life. The amount of kids committing suicide is skyrocketing and that's also outrageous. Everything we are facing is an issue of life.”

He said that what is unique about his book is that he offers solutions on how to combat "woke" and Marxist ideology and why Judeo-Christian values are the right lenses to look through when referring to terms like "justice," which according to Cooper has been hijacked by the left. 

"I’ve read a lot of books that warn about Marxism and sexual revolution," he said. "I don’t just warn people in the book from the original writings. There are 650 foot notes from original authors. The second thing I did was offer good information and explain why these things are wrong and give the counter argument which is the Judeo-Christian understanding of the world and what is justice and what is immoral so you’re not just left angry.... so now you understand those views and how to combat them."

Cooper once again re-emphasized the importance of Christians standing up in the culture wars. 

"The question is this: 'Do you think that freedoms and individual liberties are worth fighting for?' The way you raise your kids....is that even worth fighting for? It's something believers have to ask themselves."

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