Friday, December 12, 2008

Music-part 1

I love music, like most of us do. One thing that really disappointments me about Christian music is that a lot of artists call themselves 'Christian', then show no fruit of that in their music. There are some supposedly 'Christian' artists that have absolutely amazing vocals or talent and then, after reading their lyrics, more than often, I'm disappointed.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not necessarily against listening to non-Christian music. What does bother me is when a so-called 'Christian' artist does not produce anything more than songs about their current girlfriend, high school drama, their favorite flavor of ice cream or some other shallow thought. Even if they say that 'it has good values'. Even if they mention that it is bad to steal, murder and lie. Even if they say they're trying to reach the 'non-believers'. I do not believe that it necessary or right for them to compromise their music 'to reach the lost'. It is sad to me that they are too ashamed of Jesus to call Him by name.

They don't seem to understand that it is impossible to please the world and God at the same time. They are either for Him or against in between. "He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who doesn't gather with Me, scatters." Matthew 12:30

Don't get me wrong, I'm not suggesting that these artists aren't truly Christians, nor am I judging them, because only God knows their hearts. I'm not saying that their music is bad or wrong to listen to. I'm not saying that I don't like them.

Basically, I wish that there were more unique, talented Christian artists out there that devoted their entire music profession(and life) to Jesus. I wish that by hearing their music I could instantly know if it is 'Christian' or not, rather have to spend a hour researching them to find out.

Opinions? Has anyone else ever thought this?

More thoughts on music coming later....


Morgan said...

thats very good! hmmm, when bands and singers call themselves christian, bit dont mention it at all in their music, it bothers me, but not as much as it probably should. i think they do it because they want to be popular with all different types of listeners, not just the christian people. but that can be a way to reach out to people too!

Aly said...

I totally agree! I was just thinking about it the other day. It would be hard to tell the Christian artists from the secular ones if all you could see was their lyrics. Most "Christian" lyrics aren't bad, there's just no metion of God at all, or if it is, it's said fast. This should not be.

Matt said...

i know exactly what you mean...i used to listen to this band called jump5 (i think you've heard of em) and they only said the word 'God' and anything else christian-related, once in a whole album. some people have reasonable reasons (haha) though, like The Classic Crime. I believe 2 of their members are christians, but they don't like to call themselves a 'christian band' because they feel like that's called them as a whole christian, and they're not.
but yes i completely agree with what you're saying. they're aren't enough artists out there who have a good original sound and still keep their beliefs in their lyric.

Andrew Biddinger said...

Very profound...that's the first time I ever heard that said before. There is more that you could dig up from that subject. Keep it up.

hannah said...

I think that even if they don't say God in every song but might b singing in metaphorical terms or using words like him and you just so other people will listen to them.
Dose that make any sense?

Wesley said...

Wow... you did post pretty much the exact same thing as me!

You already know my opinion on this... but for the others... I wish that Christian bands would actually sing about God. I'm so disappointed in bands like Relient K for hardly ever mentioning God, and bands like Family Force Five for never mentioning God. I would like to quote Disciple on this one...

"Don't you know He's ashamed of me when I'm ashamed of Him?"

Emily said...

I know Wesley! Sometimes we have freakishly similar thoughts.....haha!

To the rest of you, I will be responding ti your questions and comments soon in another blog post.

Morgan said...

don't u dare bring ff5 into this... :p

Brian said...

I agree with you.
We should not hide the fact that we are christians. Our lifestyle should boldly show that we are a follower of Christ.

Matthew 5:16 "Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.

grace and peace,