Contemporary Christian Music

Disclaimers:

1) I don’t believe all new Christian music is bad/good…not all old Christian music is bad/good.

2) I’m a musician that loves music of all kinds … rock n roll, blues, old country, old bluegrass, (a little) Southern Gospel, hymns, contemporary Christian, and classical.

3)  I’ve never written a song but can imagine how difficult it can be.

4)   I know and understand how difficult it is to find good music to sing in church.

I just want to point out the fact that much of our Contemporary Christian Music is short on good theology.  It’s more me-centered than Christ-centered.  Much of it is too ethereal and spacey.  There are several churches that write, produce, and sell this type of music – I shall leave them nameless but in a recent research paper, the words of  E.H. McIntyre could be said about most of the music coming from these churches into smaller churches and conferences all around the world….

“Amid current competing ideologies and priorities, __________ Music has found a formula that fuses aspects of secular consumerism and individualism with Pentecostal religious fervor.  (We should) examine the ways __________Music is used to constitute religious experience and how religious experience is (re)packaged and sold by the lucrative __________ Music label.”  (E.H. McIntyre)

Note the words “fuses … consumerism and individualism”.  This musical message is sung, then, in most cases, it is followed by a sermon on just those two things – consumerism and individualism.

Compare the words of this hymn  (Praise my soul, the King of  Heaven) with some of the lyrics you hear today …

  1. Praise, my soul, the King of Heaven;
    To His feet thy tribute bring.
    Ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven,
    Evermore His praises sing:
    Praise Him, praise Him, alleluia!
    Praise the everlasting King.
  2. Praise Him for His grace and favor
    To our fathers in distress;
    Praise Him still the same as ever,
    Slow to chide, and swift to bless.
    Praise Him, praise Him, alleluia!
    Glorious in His faithfulness.
  3. Father-like He tends and spares us,
    Well our feeble frame He knows;
    In His hands He gently bears us,
    Rescues us from all our foes.
    Praise Him, praise Him, alleluia!
    Widely yet His mercy flows.
  4. Frail as summer’s flow’r we flourish,
    Blows the wind and it is gone;
    But while mortals rise and perish,
    Our God lives unchanging on.
    Praise Him, praise Him, alleluia!
    Praise the high Eternal One!
  5. Angels, help us to adore Him,
    Ye behold Him face to face;
    Sun and moon, bow down before Him;
    Dwellers all in time and space,
    Praise Him, praise Him, alleluia!
    Praise with us the God of grace.

Those are lyrics you can sink your theological teeth into.

I’m not advocating that we all start singing nothing but hymns again .  The church I pastor uses Christian Contemporary Music along with an occasional hymn.  I’m just encouraging us to read, understand, and be aware of the lyrics we’re singing.   Make sure they are biblical, Christ-focused, and Christ-honoring.

That’s all.

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~ by jackpickel on January 24, 2019.

One Response to “Contemporary Christian Music”

  1. I certainly agree! There are times & places for “Christian” music that’s focused in other directions or centered on topics other than Christ — but the worship service is not one of them.

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