Stryper’s Michael Sweet Says God ‘Doesn’t Control Us Like Robots’
His knowledge comes from experience. After all, Stryper plan to spend 2023 touring behind their latest album, last year's The Final Battle. It features songs such as "Rise to the Call," "See No Evil, Hear No Evil" and "Near." And as the band's 13th studio LP since 1984, it's no reach to say that Stryper — the group that helped coin Christian metal — know a thing or two about faith. Sweet often speaks on moral concepts such as free will, which Christians believe is given by God.
The musician's beliefs have endured real-life tragedy. Sweet's late wife, Kyle, died in 2009 after a battle with ovarian cancer. Last week (Jan. 13), the singer-guitarist took to Facebook to share his viewpoint.
"It's interesting how we often blame God for good things that happen to us and for bad things that happen to us," Sweet writes. "My view is that God is not a genie in the sky waiting on every command from every human being. We treat God like that many times. All of us."
He continues, "I believe that God wants nothing but the best for us yet protects us from our own foolishness. We can't just pray or snap our fingers and ask for something and expect it to to be done. It just doesn't work that way. So often we praise him when we're blessed then curse him when we're not."
Sweet says, "I cursed God when Kyle passed. Believe me, I was extremely pissed at God. Then as time went by, I realized that God had nothing to do with it. It was simply life and what happens in life. Life brings joy and life brings tragedy. Through the good and the bad, we become stronger and more resilient."
He adds, "We have free will and God respects that. He doesn't control us like robots. We're not puppets."
See Stryper's tour dates under Sweet's full message.
Stryper 2023 World Tour Dates
Jan. 20 – Key West, Fla. @ Rokisland
March 2 – Woolloongabba, Australia @ Princess
March 3 – Moore Park, Australia @ Liberty Hall
March 5 – Melbourne, Australia @ 170 Russell
March 7 – Perth, Australia @ Magnet House
March 9 – Pooraka, Australia @ Bridgeway
March 11 – Auckland, New Zealand @ Galatos
March 30 – New Bedford, Mass. @ The Vault
March 31 – Poughkeepsie, N.Y. @ The Chance
April 1 – Waterloo, N.Y. @ Del Lago
April 13 – Cedar Park, Texas @ H-E-B Ctr
April 14 – Arlington, Texas @ Arlington Hall
April 29 – Miami, Fla @ Monsters of Rock
May 10 – Louisville, Ky. @ Mercury Ballroom
May 11 – Northfield, Ohio @ Northfield Park
May 12 – Versailles, Ohio @ BMI Event Ctr
May 13 – Westland, Mich. @ Token Lounge
May 16 – Wabash, Ind. @ Eagles Theatre
May 17 – McHenry, Ill. @ The Vixen
May 19 – Wisconsin Dells, Wis. @ Crystal Grand
May 21 – Lincoln, Neb. @ Royal Grove
June 3 – Santa Ana, Calif. @ Yost Theater
June 4 – San Diego, Calif. @ House of Blues
June 6 – W. Hollywood, Calif. @ Whisky a Go Go
June 9 – Tempe, Az. @ Marquee Theatre