This is more of a rant than a teaching, so just go with it for now.
I used to love Christian music.
Putting the Word of God into a medium you love and have been working on all your life is something I could never bash. But the problem is, Christian music isn’t honest anymore.
It wasn’t too long ago that there were alternatives to Christian pop, because Christian bands were coming in with sounds they loved to glorify God. We could listen to Kutless, Skillet and most of the music by the David Crowder Band if we wanted to avoid the radio stations’ tendencies to play Chris Tomlin and Newsboys on repeat.
And then it seemed like any non-pop Christian music ceased to exist.
Don’t get me wrong, we still had bands like Anberlin and Red, but they were much fewer and further between than they’d been in the past.
Shout for joy in the Lord, O you righteous!
Praise befits the upright.
Give thanks to the Lord with the lyre;
make melody to him with the harp of ten strings!
Sing to him a new song;
play skillfully on the strings, with loud shouts.
For the word of the Lord is upright,
and all his work is done in faithfulness.
He loves righteousness and justice;
the earth is full of the steadfast love of the Lord.
That psalm is one of six places in the Bible that calls us to “sing a new song.”
That psalm tells us to play skillfully.
When was the last time anyone on the outside looking in would call Christian music “new” or “skillful?”
Personally, I’m a fan of the pop punk genre. I think the skill that goes into pop punk is only comparable with classic rock, and it’s much better mixed thanks to the newer equipment. So what do I get in the Christian area of pop punk? Deas Vail is gone, Relient K is gone, Anberlin is gone, Stellar Kart and Sanctus Reel left the punk part of pop punk behind years ago, and I’d rather just forget Hawk Nelson exists.
So with little to no variety for someone of my musical tastes to enjoy in the Christian music world, I listen to Yellowcard, The Maine and Young Guns. They have beautiful musical value to them, but then I hear a sermon about not taking in secular media.
So I’ve concluded that the Christian culture is all out of sorts. We need to give people options. Not just the option to enjoy wholesome secular media, but also the option to take in Christian media that isn’t cheesy, poppy, Christianese garbage. Just something to think about.