This Church, besides, bases a great part of its cult in music: it has its own label, Hillsong Workship, where they publish contemporary Christian rock albums with an indie touch that, hey, are not bad at all! And it has also a band called Hillsong United that could well make it and play a soft festival, one of those sponsored by Moritz.
But the best thing about them is their live shows (sorry: services). I had the chance to be present at their first Sunday in Madrid. Despite it being held at a smaller venue than they usually use, it was choc-a-bloc. Everyone wore their best looks, like when you go to afternoon disco, and even though I’d love to be able to say the opposite, they didn’t look like complete freaks. Well, at least they looked a lot less like freaks than the followers of my political party of choice.
Hillsong Madrid, for the moment (because I’m sure it will soon be too small), is held at a Maristas school, and the school priests must be wondering how this story manages to congregate so many people, a bit like when the PSOE wonders why Podemos fills Vistalegre. Then you enter the room and they welcome you with a hot chocolate and a party: a real God’s rave.
I have to confess this: I sang as loud as the others, if not louder, I raised my hands and I think at a given point I even lost it and prayed… It’s very scary but at the same time very stimulating. If you like politics, you have to like religion. Politics are a lot like religion: they have martyrs such as Pedro Sánchez, saints like Errejón, deified pastors like Pablo Iglesias… And while some wait for Susana Díaz’s Second Coming and others for the PSOE to finally die (so as to see it resurrect, that is), Fernandez Díaz looks for a parking spot with Marcelo, his guardian angel.
ps: #LastMinute The PSC (Catalan Socialist Party) has just sent me an email saying that they are planning to set up a Christian Socialist group. I’m not sure whether to laugh or cry or… pray.