i wrote this for the school news paper. So i just discided to put it up for the heck of it.
What Makes Music Christian?
By: Jon Dice
A huge debate has been going on and on about the truth behind Christian music. Pastors preach that we as Christians have stepped down to where the world once was and our music is proof of this. They say that alternative Christian rock music doesn’t fallow the basics of praise to God and use verses like Psalms 40:3 to support their opinion. Teens are lashing out because what they like is under attack and the majority of parents are taking the side of the church. While most teens ignore what others say, the other half becomes confused. They try changing their music and when they fail, they give up all together and just listen to anything and everything. So what is the truth behind all of this? Why do so many people tell us that there is something wrong with alternative Christian rock? And how do we know if they are right or wrong?
I have had a lot of time to think about this and have realized that the accusations used against alternative Christian rock are ether false or misused. When your pastor reads Psalms 40:3, he will most likely just read this much of the verse, “He put a new song in my mouth…” There are a few things that are already wrong with this, but first you should probably read the whole verse, “He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the LORD.” This is the whole verse and now let’s look at what you have probably heard that is inaccurate. The first thing most people do when trying to preach against alternative Christian music, is use the verse I just showed you; but they use a misinterpretation of the verse. If you listen to a Christian band, then their beliefs will be apparent through the lyrics, so this would be the perfect time to use the rest of the verse. If the band you use praises God at all in their lyrics, then you have just proved your point. That accusation is pretty easy to stand up to, and the great thing is that the rest are all easier. The remaining accusations are basically all just misunderstandings. They all go against the music, but the music isn’t what touches the heart of God, it’s the words that you say. Don’t ever forget this because it is the defining line for alternative Christian music. You can listen to hardcore music, heavy metal music, any kind of music, but if it isn’t played for the glory of God, it’s not Christian. There are two verses that help me understand this so much better. The first one is Judges 5:3 “Hear this, you kings! Listen, you rulers! I will sing to the LORD, I will sing; I will make music to the LORD, the God of
Israel.” If you are singing to the Lord, then do it in your favorite way. The Lord loves it when you praise him from the heart, and if you don’t enjoy the way you are praising him, you probably aren’t praising him with everything. Don’t get me wrong, you can praise God just as well with out music, and you should be happy with just being able to praise God at all, but he has given you so many ways to praise him, so be creative. The second verse is 1 Corinthians 14:26 “What then shall we say, brothers? When you come together, everyone has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. All of these must be done for the strengthening of the church.” This verse helps me to remember that God made everyone and everything unique. There is no reason to do everything one way, when we have the God given ability to do something knew or different. This does not mean out with the old though. God gives us choices, and if that’s the case, then I’m sure God won’t care how we praise him as long as we do.
There is nothing wrong with the old music and there is nothing wrong with the new music. God has blessed us with inspiration, and if that leads to a different form of praise, I think it is safe to say that God has no mixed feelings. You will know if the band you like is devoted to praising God, and if that is evident, then you know if it is right or wrong. All God asks of us is to praise him in everything we do, and I think we should honor that with whatever gift God has given us.