I had a revelation today about “Christian” music and its efficacy and helpfulness. As you know, I’ve done a bit of work on this topic already, but licentia haud mortuus equus non vapulus (leave no dead horse unbeaten), so here we go.
The new problem, I discovered, with Christian pop, is that it’s Christian pop. By its very nature, it’s geared towards a specific audience. Not to say that that’s inherently wrong: each generation will have things it prefers over others, and that’s fine.
The problem here arises when we try to make these songs part of our credo. Americanism makes listening to these songs and artists almost an essential part of Christianity. You sing them in worship, you sing them all the time.
Nothing wrong with singing God’s praises. Nothing at all.
The point I’m making is that because pop music is geared towards a specific audience, that means that its not geared towards everyone else. If it’s Christian pop, it’s dividing the Church. Older people (and people with musical taste) just can’t sing along to this sort of thing with a clear conscious.
On the flip side, we have the hymns and the psalms. These are written for the people of God, of all ages. It’s no stranger to see a child humming along to A Mighty Fortress than it is to see his grandfather belting out the tenor line. But you would never see that grandfather playing air guitar to Skillet.
While it’s natural that different genres appeal to different people, we have to remember that there’s a genre that should appeal to all Christians and unite them: the psalms that God gave to us through David. We sing those together, young and old.
Christian pop, for all its faults, is not evil. However, we have to realize that it is not the music of the Church. It may even be helpful to some, and a way to express praise. But it cannot ever be allowed to take the precedence it currently has over music that unites the Body of Christ.
I realize that I may be making a bigger deal out of this than it is. But the principle I stress remains. Please comment with your thoughts.