I Used to be a Fan of Christian Music

I used to be a huge fan of Christian music.  It was safe.  And, it had a good message. 
 
Over the years "safe" became boring, and the "good message" became tame and watered down. During that time I came to the realization that I found more inspiration and comfort in music that wasn't expressly labeled "Christian."
 
I identified with the struggles.
 
I could empathise with the pain.
 
I could rejoice in the victory. 
 
I found beauty as others explored their innermost feelings in song. It just felt more real. 
 
It didn't matter to me if an artist sang about their idea of God, or something else. I could see God's beauty in the music they created.
 
And that's where I still am today.  I'll admit there are exceptions. But, I find more inspiration from secular music than I do from it's Christian counterpart.

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4 thoughts on “I Used to be a Fan of Christian Music

  1. I see two main problems with “Christian” music (and I’ll define that as music put out on record labels promoting themselves as Christian). One, it usually strives to be evangelical first, and art/good music second. I don’t know how those motives should be balanced and if they’re dueling or even distinct, but it seems that Christian artists haven’t figured out the balance. Two, and this is a sub-problem of the above point, Christian artists often think the best way to evangelize through music is to emulate trends in music instead of following their own artistic muses. Thus, Christian music is usually a pale imitation of what’s popular (think “Jesus Freak” by DC Talk, a milquetoast version of rap-rock, a shitty genre to begin with).

    My quick two cents (without proofreading).

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  2. I agree. Every time I try to listen to Christian radio, after listening to the words for just a verse or two, I shut it off. Poorly written, and most of the time not even anything I would want to sing along to. Why is that? How can other Christians write songs to God that I don’t even want to sing to Him? Makes no sense to me.

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  3. “It didn’t matter to me if an artist sang about their idea of God, or something else. I could see God’s beauty in the music they created.”

    Love that part of your post, Brian. Marvin Gaye always said something to the effect that “What’s Going On” was an album written by him straight from God (John Coltrane said the same thing about his “A Love Supreme.”) There are very few Christian messages on the album (the song “God Is Love” the obvious exception), but you can certainly hear, sense and almost feel a certain presence of spirituality when you listen to them (incidentally, Coltrane’s album doesn’t even have any words, so…). I think music – real, true, GOOD music – can transcend spirituality and religion. It really is on a plane of existence all by itself.

    As Ruth Gordon’s character in the movie Harold & Maude says: “Everybody should be able to play a little bit of music. It’s the cosmic dance!”

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