What Is Christian Music? Part 2
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.”
Many people will say that Christian Music is one or more of the following responses:
These responses are the answers from an article on got questions.org
– The song lyrics must reflect biblical truth.
– The song lyrics must directly praise God/Jesus.
– The song must mention God/Jesus.
– The song must be written for Christians and not as an evangelical tool.
– The lyrics must directly address God, not other people.
– The song must be completely new, not a cover of a secular song.
– The song is designed to be played in church, not outside of church.
– The melody must be paramount, and the rhythm subdued.
– The song must be written and performed by mature Christians only.
– The men & women who sing the song must live what it is they sing about.
This week we will address each of these individual ideas.
Disclaimer: The purpose of this devotional is not to tell you what type of music to listen to nor is it to tell you that your selections or choices are wrong. It is designed to give you a measuring stick to measure your loyalty and obedience to God’s Word. The choice is up to you. Your walk with the Lord will only be as strong as the music you allow to penetrate the channels of your mind. Trash in, trash out; God in, God will come out.
3. The Song Must Mention God/Jesus. (Directly or Indirectly)
Mentioning God or Jesus either directly or indirectly makes the difference between a good Godly tune or a mediocre secular tune. Most “Christian” music on the market today is nothing more than cleverly worded secular songs. Since we are clearly speaking of JUST lyrical qualification, let’s see how a popular song measures up.
You’re the heat for my weary soul
You’re the good in all I know
In the mirror all that I see
Is your grace looking back at me
I’m not the man that I used to be
Rising from my heart
Everything comes alive(x4)
You’re my strength and my hearts desire
You’re the light when the sun expires
I remember how far I’ve come
I’m not lost with you I’m home
I didn’t find you on my own
4. The Song Must Be Written For Christians And Not As An Evangelical Tool.
This statement is why 46% of most churches have compromised their standards. They have allowed their standards to drop because they desire to attract a new, younger generation. Some of the excuses that they give are:
- It will bring in a younger generations and connect them to God
- That it will do! When we compromise Godly music for modern music that mimics Godly music, people will flock out in droves. However, that same crowd will eventually leave in droves as well.
- It will make us relevant to a younger generation
- Music is the first thing that churches begin to compromise in an attempt to draw the younger generation. What I find, having once been in such a church, it takes so much to keep the younger generation engaged that most churches have to plan to overwhelm the parishioner’s senses to keep their attention because they know that they will leave if not. This is NOT worship, This IS ENTERTAINMENT! They are putting on a show to babysit the younger generation in God’s house. This reason will attract the younger generation into God’s house but it takes so much to keep them entertained that we will focus so much on music and entertainment and less on the message.
- They will have a greater desire to come to church and worship with modern music
- This is simply NOT true!!! If a person has to be pulled and probed to worship God with music, then they are slaves to their music. The bible tells us in John 4:23 “But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth:for the Father seeketh such to worship him.” If a person will not worship God out of the church, then they will not worship God inside the church. Praise & Worship is more than words and chords and musical instruments. If people will NOT worship with the music that they have, they will NOT change because the music changed.
- It will enhance our worship service
- What they are saying secretly is that “I need music to worship and praise God! I need the actions of man in order to get my heart into praising God.” What a horrible state to live in? My Praise & Worship isn’t dependent upon a person or even a song. It’s my own personal job to Praise God!!!
When we use music as an evangelistic tool specifically to lead others to Jesus Christ, we do err exceedingly. The only thing that we can use to bring people into God’s house is His Word and kindness. Changing music to make other feel comfortable in God’s house is not only compromise but spiritually criminal. The gospel message is made to condemn those that aren’t saved, until they get saved. John 3:18 “He that believeth on him is not condemned:but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” So when someone says “you’re condemning me” you tell them that the bible says they are condemned already. I’m just trying to help you out of the pit. However, when we flock to music void of spiritual nourishment we desire those things that will hurt and not help us. In tomorrow’s devotional we will cover more truths from this lesson. Join us again as we address real life issues with biblical answers on Worship With Willie.