15 Christians in the Music Industry - Patrick Hess

posted Jun 14, 2018, 8:34 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Jun 14, 2018, 8:34 AM ]
Why is it so commonly accepted to have everyday workers in real-world situations represent their faith whenever possible, but if a Christian chooses a career in the music industry, their music must be conforming to Church praise and worship lyrical standards and style?

There exists a radical chasm about the purpose and intent of music to a Christian. There is more than enough scriptural reference to how music is used within the gathering of like believers, as well as a talent or skill that is bestowed by God on humans in order to perform for an audience of God Himself through repeated worship and praise words and music.

But how does a Christian rationalise music that is neither praise and worship or directly anti-God in nature?

The current controversy over what is or isn’t appropriate for music started in the 1960s when the Jesus movement and flower power introduced a merging of pop culture and religion. The music of the time was blended with seemingly spiritual lyrics that created a move away from the traditional Church to a privatisation of Christianity for an individual. That era was a very complex cultural time in our (USA) history, but nonetheless, the introduction of the stage show ‘JESUS CHRIST, SUPERSTAR’ and the film adaptation became a platform for a crossing over of the arts and religion into each other’s worlds.

Today, the baby boomers and their immediate children are watching the same thing happening. The secular music style and the beat is infiltrating Church worship sets, and a blurring of the lines between Contemporary Christian Music and pop culture is rapidly occurring.

One of the largest music tours in the world, Winter Jam, took place in 2012, which happens to be Christian themed. During the event, 10,000-plus fans screamed at a deafening level as bands performed on stage. There were moments of old-school traditional worship songs being sung, but for the most part, it was a rock concert. During the event, a youth pastor and speaker took about 15 minutes to share with the largely teen and young twenties crowd in attendance. He had 10-second clips of the most popular secular artists shown on the overhead video screens. As Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj and One Direction filled the screens, the audience went nuts. They screamed uncontrollably. The speaker’s goal was to illustrate the dangers of listening to these artists because of the lyrical content and lifestyles they were presenting as acceptable. But apparently, the Christians in attendance that night didn’t seem to have a problem with those artists based on their cheers and shrill screams.