This is a great two-part piece examining contemporary Christian music.
I also recommend the post Christianity: It’s All About The Music?
HT: Berean Wife
I’m on a worship team at our church and we choose songs and hymns that are solid in their teaching and proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Playing shallow praise songs that don’t have much meaning are like hearing a preacher preach fluff, not much good for anyone.
God is the direction of our praise not man.
I took some time to think about this commentary and after a little thought, I really like this piece. There are four arguments and I’ll enter my thoughts on each one.
1)The argument of sacred versus secular. This argument will be around forever and there are two reasons. The first is that as much as people don’t like how much the music sounds alike, the words will always come from the intent of the artist. For example, in the secular world is Celine Dion’s movie hit Because You Loved Me. Sure, if you have seen the Michelle Pfieffer movie, you know the intent of the song is that of boyfriend-girlfriend. However, a person listening to the song brings in the second intent. The person can identify that song as a relationship between them and a loving God, which brings me to my second point.
2)Relationship versus worship. I may agree 110 percent that Skillet’s God Is Better Than Drugs has no place in a worship service, however, if that worship service is for a group of former drug addicts or alcoholics, then the song might be acceptable for a service.
However, one of the big arguments for all music of the Christian genre is that each song is about a relationship of what that song means to the person and their relationship with God.
3)The repetition argument that is made is the best argument I have against certain songs. If I hear certain verses over and over again, I tend to get sick ad nauseum as well. The argument was well stated and I liked how the relationship to how other religions worship was valid.
4)The final argument of all music is the test of time. Again, I’ll state on the whole that songs that live in infamy (good or bad) are based on a society’s view of the song. The best example I have is the 1991 edition of Whitney Houston’s The Star Spangled Banner done at The Super Bowl. Why is it seen as one of the greatest renditions of all time in America? Easy. It is simply because it was done at a time when we needed the emotion to carry us into the first Gulf War. If I listen to the song now up against most, it would be no better than any other rendition.
Amazing Grace will go down as one of the greatest Christian songs of any era, but which two are my favorite. The first is Crystal Lewis’. Why? Because the song came out about the time that I was born again. The song has personal value to ME. My other favorite rendition is done by a Southern Gospel group named The Peiffers (sp). I love it not just because it was sung well, but because I love to hear songs done with a saxophone in the background. Again, personal intent of the listener is the key.
Overall, I love the message carried by the videos. It tells us as Christians that we do need to exercise “holy caution” in our listening habits.
Thanks or sharing your thoughts.
There’s only one thing I’d like to touch on (as others may want to discuss other areas).
In your point #2 I found it striking (and you may notice it too now that I’m pointing it out) that you’ve placed the emphasis from God (who receives the worship) to people (who are supposed to be giving the worship).
Isn’t all worship for the glory of God and thus, under the demands, expectations, and requirements of the One receiving the worship?
Allow me to explain:
You use the Narcotics Anonymous example to say that a song of worship whose title and lyrics consist of “God is Better Than Drugs” has no place in a worship service, but then say that if that service is made up of ex-drug users then it’s ok.
You see, you’ve put the emphasis on the creation and not the Creator. This same logic could be applied to Cain and Abel. God required a blood sacrifice, and fruit was never acceptable! However, Cain worked the land and so, in this case it would be acceptable. But what did God say about that?
You see, it’s not about us, it’s about God. If “God is Better Than Drugs” is not acceptable in a regular worship service, then how can that same God find it acceptable for ex-drug users? Is He any less holy when worshiped by drug addicts than those who never touched a drug in their life?
Who rationalized this? Who changed? Who changed the standards to suit the situation? Man or God?
God made no exceptions for Cain, and He makes no exceptions for us today.
I hope you will ponder this, and then apply it to other areas of your Christian life where you may be making exceptions in regards to the worship of God.
- The Pilgrim
“I hope you will ponder this, and then apply it to other areas of your Christian life where you’re making exceptions in regards to the worship of God.”
With all due respect Pilgrim, that comes off as a little Judgemental. How do you know that Frank is indeed doing such a thing?
Just because he’s incorrect about one song’s place in worship, you’re going to tell him that he’s making exceptions in other areas as well?
The Scripture says “examine THYSELF…” not examine thy brother. Pointing out a precise flaw is one thing, making claims about percieved flaws is quite another.
I offer my apologies to Frank. In my haste I failed to make sure I corroborated my intended point with the impression I left readers with (and especially Frank).
I have fixed the sentence to better reflect what I intended to say.
Okay, now I see where you were going with it. Typing a message is so much harder than face-to-face communication.
Thanks for the gracious response, and forgive me if I seemed too harsh.
God Bless, Pilgrim
is the song better than drugs from the band skillet a christian song because i here people all the time saying its not and was just wondering
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