A while ago, there was a small article
on Christian music posted on this site. I, like many, read it. It was short, and had no real arguments for or against Christian music. I read a few of the replies, most of them along the lines of 'if the music is good, so be it, but this whole 'God' thing is not for me.' There were a few Christ-haters that voiced their opinion, and of course the view that there are no absolutes, therefore you may not push your view on me because it may not be 'true' to me. Those statements are self-refuting in their own right and I won't go into detail on them. But the question still stands: what is the deal with 'Christian' music? Are they just altar boys trying to 'spread the Word' on MTV
or are they punks with a Purpose?
First of all, there is no such thing as 'Christian' music. Music is just noise. What the focus is on, then, is the lyrics. The vocalists' style has nothing to do with divinity, God or the Resurrection. It is what those words are that make the song. There is no neutral ground in this world. There is God, and there is Not God, to put it squarely. You can not write a song that neither curses nor praises God. 'Well, what about love songs?' God Is love to Christians, therefore love songs are 'encouraged' in the Christian sphere of influence. Yes, even boy-meets-girl songs can be 'Christian', if they celebrate love in the context of the Bible. Songs that glorify illicit sex or cheating, ugly breakups, etc. are not Christian. Songs that condemn those actions could be, however. (If this is too complicated, I'm sorry).
Second, Christian artists don't try to stuff religion down your throats. You are just trying to make yourself think they are (because, ironically, a lot of what they have to say makes sense). The person who wrote this article's predecessor mentioned a ban called 'Demon Hunter
'. They have some pretty brutal stuff, and they scream Christianity in your face, but they are not forcing it down your throat. Yes, they have a few turn-or-burn songs, they bash other metal acts for their 'foolish words' in their song 'Annihilate The Corrupt
' (from the album 'Summer of Darkness
'), but they don't force religion on you. They are speaking from experience, not proclaiming that they are right and you are wrong.
I noticed someone said that Christian music is not welcome on the hardcore/metal scene because it 'isn't rebellious'. On the contrary, Christians are radicals! They are weird people, my friend! They are anything but compliant. They follow the biggest radical in the history of the world: Jesus Christ
. If you saw The Passion
, you probably wondered 'What would possess a man to do such a thing in the face of torture and death?' Christians are supposed to love. What is more radical than that? They are rebelling against sin and evil, the most powerful forces on this planet. While, often, Christians do not portray a very accurate silhouette of their Lord, they are supposed to love. Christian music is plenty controversial and rebellious, my friend.
Thus, to conclude, Christian music is not a group of untalented Gaither-wannabes, but a vital and thriving industry that changes lives through music. From Stryper
throwing Bibles to the crowd to P.O.D.
taking the Gospel to the streets, CCM is very much alive and well in the world today. I would not advise underestimating this Jesus