No Such Thing as Christian Music

Fav Christian Artist 2018
Phil Wickham

The cool thing about the new technological world is that I can experience the past again…vividly on my giant screen in HD quality. 
I watched the original King Kong the other day in high definition, in its black and white glory. It was filmed in 1932!

Feeling nostalgic last night, I had a binge session of watching some of my old favorite Christian Music artists…starting with my utmost influencer, Amy Grant.

From Amy to Sandi Patti, PETRA, (the Greg X Voltz years), Keith Green to Steven Curtis Chapman…I reminisced back to a time in my life when music was a driving force.


Note, I love the new Christian tunes today and support the artists with my attendance every chance I get. 

Phil chocolate!
Why my newer favorite Christian artist - Phil Wickham a few weekends ago nearly hit me up side the face throwing me a chocolate candy bar. He even offered a Keurig cup of coffee.

But, history, the past, where I was formed in the 80s after a decade of secular music of the 70s, was these very artists who now are the hall of fame old guys that do not grace the K-Loves or Way Christian stations as much anymore.

By watching the YouTube series “Fame and Faith” it provided in great detail the behind the scenes look at the lives and struggles of Christian Music Artists of my era. Guess what, they were humans…filled with strife, fear, and sin. JUST like me.

Of course I knew that already...

However -- too many faithful need reminding that Christian Celebrities are not Perfect Examples of the Holier than Thou club…they are sinners who use their Godly talents and gifts to fulfill the mission of God’s love.
We are not called to judge whether or not they are ‘good’ enough to stand on a stage and sing about Jesus. 

Yet, because their walk is in the public eye, they do have a greater responsibility for  their actions. We cannot expect perfect humanity from in-perfect people.

Amy Grant and Sandi Patti had marital
The Voice - Sandi Patti
drama, mistakes were made...and yet once public, they were bludgeoned with judgment and scorn by their own. 

The meanest, hardest to forgive humans can be people who claim Christianity.

I like to remind Judgers of David’s path, a true musician whom God loved dearly.

However, judgment is always plentiful. 

Even in my short career of touring with Sound of Joy in 1982.....
I encountered Judgers who thought contemporary Christian music was of the devil…and they didn’t mind telling you that!

Even Sandi Patti? I asked one, and they replied yes. Really? Can anyone with a straight face call "We shall behold him" devil music??

And, lets make sure Christian artists sing only Jesus songs because that is what Christian artists are suppose to do! 

When artists, especially Amy Grant, made songs that could be considered pop and leaned to the secular message....good little Christians banned her songs from their playlists and radio stations pulled her music!
How dare Amy want to spread her love of God to Non-Christians!? 
But, just to make this clear, for those who believe in “Gospel Music Only Lifestyles” I have to point out....

There is NO such thing as Christian Music!

One of my favorite quotes..... 
“There's no such thing as "Christian music" -only Christian lyrics. 
The words, not the tune or music style make a song sacred. If I played a song for you without the words, you’d have no way of knowing if it were a “Christian” song.” 
From the wise words of Rick Warren. 

Look at Daughtry, a successful American Idol artist, a Secular Rock and Roller, who calls himself a Christian but not a Christian artist. U2 had albums sold in Christian Stores because of their faith based themes, but Bono was never declared a Christian artist.

Why even Justin Bieber is performing “Reckless Love” all over the internet because of his new faith! But he is not a Christian artist.

It all boils down to how you label yourself. I am perfectly comfortable singing a Karen Carpenter song and being a true follower of Christ.
We can decide for ourselves by leaning on the Word & the Spirit whose artistry we should allow to fill our minds. 

We shouldn’t point fingers at Christian artists either for dancing, tattooing, rocking it out on stage -- just because we are not comfortable with their style of faith. 
Lead singer, John Cooper of SKILLET...
My pic...great concert!
Judger...yep, I am guilty. Who hasn't made a blue-jean skirt joke about those who try to remain "unworldly." Who hasn't looked down on another's form of music? Country fans dislike Pop? Southern Gospel fans don't attend SKILLET! Its OK!

Who made up these rules? Who mandated what is proper? What is Christian? What is right? For the most part, Man set many of these rules. 

Did Jesus mention the technical difference in a Secular Bar song versus a Hymn? Because many hymns used secular bar songs as their melody and inserted Christian lyrics...
These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is made up only of rules taught by men. Isaiah 29:13/Matthew 15:8
ALSO, should we expect NON-Christians to act like our Moral Compass View of the world?
Music is...vocal or instrumental sounds (or both) combined in such a way as to produce beauty of form, harmony, and expression of emotion.
Music is entertainment. 
It is encouragement. It is art.
Worship music is still......MUSIC!
Worship is not music.
Music is a tool of worship.

We can worship God in many different avenues!  How we worship... brings glory and pleasure to God. 

If music is not your form of worship, discover what is.
It could be a lifestyle of following God. 
“Whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”
Romans 12:1-2
Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering.
Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him.
Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking.
Instead, fix your attention on God.
You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it.
Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.
The Believer’s Freedom 
“I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but not everything is constructive. No one should seek their own good, but the good of others. 1 Corinthians 10:23-24

I have the right to listen to music....but not every musical selection is beneficial.



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