Really. One-point-three million dollars for a home for a guy who spends half his life touring to sold-out venues. Wow. Although after perusing some pics of Chris Tomlin’s digs, I can attest to the fact that the guy definitely has good taste. Here’s the full listing for the house.
I have mixed emotions about the whole thing. One on hand, Chris Tomlin is just a guy trying to sell his house so he can move to Atlanta to help plant a church. On the other hand, he *is* Chris Tomlin, who Parade Magazine named as the highest paid artist in the Christian music industry. With information like that, it makes me think that $1.3 million isn’t that much to pay for a house, right?
Still, there’s something gnawing at my gut. As much as I want to talk about how hard he’s worked, what a nice guy he is (he is, by the way, very nice), and generous, I can’t help but wonder why a single guy needs such a big house. Especially a singer who tours for places like Compassion and talks about giving money to the less fortunate. Something about that doesn’t make sense to me.
It is a beautiful house and I can see why Tomlin bought it–it’s a respite from life on the road and a private sanctuary where he can write beautiful worship songs undisturbed. I’m sure Tomlin invited many friends and family to his home and hosted many parties. Frankly, I appreciate the fact all his Dove Awards are randomly scattered on a table in a room. Obviously, he doesn’t take success so seriously that he allows it to “own” him. And his home probably isn’t different than a lot of other musicians; in fact, compared to what he makes, this house isn’t expensive at all. For all I know, it could be a simple financial investment, which makes sense when you consider how much Uncle Sam takes. Perhaps money used wisely like this could be more of a benefit to others than just paying huge taxes.
In the end, maybe he’s just a guy who wanted a nice home and I’m just jealous because Chris Tomlin never invited me over for a pool party. But, like me, I’m sure there are those of you out there who don’t blindly follow your favorite singers or writers or actors. You think critically and wonder about their choices, realizing not only are they human but that their convictions differ from yours. That’s what I think about Chris Tomlin. Though I would love to live in a home like this, I probably never will. However, I’m pretty sure there are things I do that Tomlin would never dream of doing like wasting hours playing Playstation 2 when I could be doing something more meaningful with my life or cussing up a storm when he gets really mad like I do.
I have no idea how Tomlin used his living space for ministry, which I’m sure he did. Instead of looking at Tomlin’s extensive body of work with others and his songs and his enormous influence for God, it’s easier to judge Tomlin and say, “How dare you have a house that expensive!” and so easy to miss the plank in my own eye.
This just in–after my friend tracked down this tax record for the house, we discovered it was built in 2004 for what appears to be a modest $236,000. Apparently, the housing market in Austin has experienced a boom and Tomlin definitely invested wisely and was most likely the house’s sole owner for the past four years. Ah, the assumptions we make with the planks in our eyes.
Check out this post for another opinion on something which probably isn’t any of out business. But it’s a good and insightful post.