I have never heard a Third Day song I didn't like, and most of them I love. They are an awesome band because they point people to Jesus.
I've seen them in concert 5 times, and every show was terrific. The last time I saw them in Tualatin, Oregon this past July Mac said something that was very interesting. (Well, he said a few things that were interesting, but one that furthers the point of this blog post.)
He looked up at the big screens and what they were streaming was a close up of him. He said they needed to take the camera's off of him because it was too easy to become vain as the singer for a band and seeing his face up there wasn't helping. I was impressed by the humility in that statement, his acknowledgement of his own weakness as a human. We all have a bit of pride and we need to be careful not to let it take over.
As fans, I think we have similar but opposite struggle. We need to be careful not to put bands like Third Day or singers like Mac Powell up on a pedastal and worship them instead of Jesus. I know they wouldn't want us to do that because their hearts desire (you can tell from their music) is to point people to Jesus and His saving grace. THe danger of elevating them to such a high status is that if they fall, we risk losing our faith if it is based on how we feel about them. They are human and have the potential to stumble. I pray they won't, and God help them they will continue to glorify Him for a long time to come. But we cannot put our trust and faith in them.
Third Day is a great band, but they do not have the power to save anyone. Their sole power lies in the ability to point others to the One who can save. I hope you will join me in keeping them in your prayers that they might continue to have the strength to do just that.