February 9, 2007 @ 12:40 pm by sean
That a ‘christian’ music industry, clothing, books, movies etc. exist really typifies Christianity in America.
Simply slap something related to ‘Christianity’ on it
and it becomes ‘christian.’
A t-shirt made in a sweat-shop by kids in forced labor that says
A musician in a TV competition to be the next big voice in music to contribute in an industry that thrives on material sales but sings ‘about’ God is ‘christian.’
Just as non-believers are told
‘believe and you are saved, no effort required’
and we have a bunch of worldly-minded people claiming Christ as their savior and running the Church.
Is this the salvation Christ preached?
Of course not.
What exactly is “Christian Music” and how is it different from ‘secular’ music?
I realize this is not a new question
but at what point is there no longer a distinction?
If ‘christian’ music is modeled after ‘secular’ music
they create TV shows based on ‘secular’ TV shows to make pop stars
there is a ‘christian’ music industry just as there is a ‘secular’ one
there are the same concerts, paraphernalia, festivals,
both are being played in church buildings,
what then is the difference?
The band that played in chapel today covered Time After Time by Cyndi Lauper.
can we allow this false institution of ‘christian music’ to remain?
It is bastardizing our beliefs and our musical worship to God.
It is furthering the removal of meaning from the word ‘christian.’
There is very little ‘christian’ about it besides singing about God.
But anyone can sing about God.
When they have created an industry and created a TV show to find the next ‘big voice in christian music’ modeled after a show called American Idol, are any of the musicians in the ‘christian music industry’ any more ‘christian’ than anyone else singing about God?
Of course one cannot say,
only can God
but this is why music cannot be ‘christian.’
If there is ‘christian’ music
(just as there is ‘christian’ clothes, movies, books, magazines, theme parks, camps)
can we then have ‘chrisitan’ cars?
What about computers?
What would it take to make those things ‘christian’?
They would need to be representative of christian beliefs.
Made in a way that respects God’s creation –
Authentically promoting salvation
not profit minded