A Christian is supposed to say "What would Jesus do?" Jesus wouldn't be killing anyone and sending bombs on anyone. I do understand, of course, that people have to be protected.  But while protection is going on, at the same time there should be Christian negotiations going on to see how can these things be fixed with love.

 

I suppose all of us are complicit in what's happening if we are doing nothing at all about it. All I can do is make records, and I hope this record would make someone think that perhaps God is not an angry, punishing, warmaking God and is in fact a gentle and compassionate God who actually is upset at the loss of us.

 

Where do you find God the most?

 

Everywhere.  Everywhere, really. I don't think there's a place God isn't.

 

Your new song "Something Beautiful," is a prayer to God.  What are you praying for?

 

The song was a prayer to be shown how I could go about making this record. I knew I wanted to make the record, and I knew which scriptures I wanted to use, but I was thinking, "Oh, my God, how am I going to do this? Will I be able to do it."  It was really a prayer explaining what I wanted to do and why I wanted to do it and in a way saying, "God, listen, I'm going to do this, but I'm not going to disrespect you or mess you about," and "Here's an example of what I'm going to do. Give me a hand to do the rest."

 

How do you feel about the current pope, Benedict XVI?

 

I don't know anything about him, to be honest. I actually couldn't tell you anything about him.  I don't watch television because I've got four kids and they have the TV on the the whole time watching kiddie programs until 9 o’clock at night, so I don't get to see much of the world. 

 

When you left the music business for a few years, you said you wanted to rejuvenate and spend time raising your children.  How did you rejuvenate?  Prayer, meditation, yoga?

 

Mainly looking after my children. I got rid of all of my instruments. I didn't even keep anything to do with music in the house. That was great--I just forgot all about music. I went to counseling, actually, for a couple of years, and that was great, in terms of just getting to know oneself.