Today I thought I would change it up a bit, and provide a quote by someone more modern. Actually, it is by a band. Additionally, for a while I’ve wanted to write a post about everything Christian music – so, I figured this would be my opportunity!
Christian vs. secular
I stumbled upon this quote on Pinterest by the band Rend Collective. It struck me as so apt, such a simplistically true representation of what Christian music should be. Because when you really think about it, Christian music didn’t start out as ear-pounding concerts and wasn’t started by, well, Christian celebrities.
No. It started simply as hymns; worship songs composed purely for glorifying God. Isn’t that what Christian music should be about? The “best” songs should be determined by how much they point listeners to Christ – not the singers. Besides, this is what differentiates Christian music from secular; this is what sets our music apart.
Secular music is composed ONLY for the fame of the artist; or for – at best – other people. It is trapped at this level of mortality, which is very evident when you look at the subjects artists choose: breakups, fame, romance, etc. Christian music is everything BUT that! Music meant to praise God is just different. It is timeless and always relevant because it rises above mortality.
After all, music was created by God! Consider this quote by J.S. Bach on his deathbed:
Don’t cry for me, for I go where music is born.
Have you ever thought of the fact that God created music – and every single one of the arts? Music, in its very nature, worships its Creator. It was never meant to worship man, but his Creator in Heaven.
As I just said, there are two types of music: secular and Christian. Since there are two styles, there has to be a choice involved.
You know, the way I think about it is this: there are some things in life that are unavoidable. You accidentally hear a bad word from someone at the grocery store, or you see a risque ad by chance, etc. But, there are other things in life that are completely avoidable. I think that choosing what music you listen to is your choice.
You control what songs you listen to on youtube, and you can especially control what songs you download on iTunes. My point is that music is entertainment, and downloading music is a decision. Furthermore, I think that what music you download is an important decision.
Music is catchy (much more than you think…)
Obviously, much of the worth of a secular song is determined by its ‘catchiness’ – the ability of it to capture and keep your interest. Yet, this same ‘catchy’ nature also has a dark side. Anyone who has ever gotten a song stuck in their head knows the power of catchy music. If you combine a catchy tune with explicit lyrics, the result can be deadly – you are stuck with those words for the rest of the day.
Music can often determine your mood, as well. Wouldn’t you rather have your mood governed by praise and gratitude, rather than the bitterness and depression of so many pop stars? Oftentimes we underestimate the power of music and think that our decisions about music don’t really matter. I encourage you to think about it like this: all music has a spirit – one of the world, or one from God. Which one are you choosing to listen to?
Christian music in the 21st century
But, just because I’m telling you all this, doesn’t mean that I don’t struggle with choosing the right music. I know how tough it is to say no, especially when everyone else is saying yes! The good news is that as the secular music is becoming more and more dangerous and popular, Christian music has been growing immensely. Although a relatively new movement, Christian music is now – I’d say – at its peak as far as quality and selection!
Rap, Indie, Worship, Rock… there are now so many styles to choose from, there is almost no excuse for listening to secular music – there’s always a Christian counterpart! As far as popularity, Christian music might never reach secular music; but is it popularity that is really the distinction between good and bad music? (needtobreathe got pretty close in popularity, though… scoring the #1 new album on iTunes a few days ago!)
A few of my favorites…
I thought I’d close this post with a few of my personal favorite Christian bands and artists. Comment below on what your favorites are!!
- Rend Collective – They have been my top band for the past two years. I love their Irish flair and natural, acoustic sound. But, what I most love about them is their focus on Jesus. It is very obvious that their songs are composed purely for worshipping and making a joyful noise to the Lord! Here is their song My Lighthouse:
- Lauren Daigle – Lauren Daigle is another one of my sister’s and I’s favorites. Her song First was what really caught our attention first (no pun intended). We also love Trust in You and O’Lord. Besides her awesome vocal range, I love how all of her songs are centered in trusting God for His plans. Here is her song O’Lord:
Tobymac – I first listened to Tobymac when my dad would play DC Talk for my sister and I. My love of DC Talk was what lead me to listen to some of Tobymac’s own songs. His songs are awesome for workouts, driving in the car, or just having fun! Backseat Driver, ‘Till the Day I Die, and Speak Life are a few of my current favorite Tobymac songs. I also love when he pairs up with artists like Hollyn and Jamie Grace. This is his song Backseat Driver:
I hope this post has encouraged you to think about the music you choose to listen to. I think for any modern, Christian teen the issue of music is always a struggle. But, I also encourage you to check out the selection of Christian music, if you haven’t already. It really is amazing! Also, if you use Spotify, you can find my Christian playlist by searching “Pushing Back The Dark” under “playlists”. Have a wonderful week!