On Christian Music, Or: Proof I’m Not Always Cynical

Jason Micheli —  October 18, 2013 — 2 Comments

1231472_10201379536123104_1520633178_nThis is from Elaine Woods, our Children’s Director. That I willingly share this is proof I can rise above the cynicism. 

I like contemporary Christian music (CCM).  In fact, I love it.  I know some of you may scoff at this comment, but I also know that many of you hum along and even sing aloud to MercyMe, Third Day, and dare I say, Chris Tomlin’s songs.

I’m inspired by contemporary Christian music.  Whether I’m running, driving in my car, or enjoying my time at home, my mood always improves while listening to these songs.  Many lyrics are taken from scripture.  Other songs are written with themes of hope, comfort, and joy while at the same time offering praise and worship to God. While these musicians often sing about matters of truth and religious commitment, they also explore the breadth of the human condition.

Contemporary Christian music began in the 1970’s as part of the Jesus movement; a mixture of 60’s rebellion with rock-n-roll rhythms.  As it became more popular, artist expanded the lyrics and added additional music styles such a pop and classic rock, and it developed into its own genre with songs about the love of God.  In the 1980’s CCM artists such DC Talk, Amy Grant, and Michael W. Smith found crossover success with their albums and took CCM to a whole new level.

Contemporary Christian music has now developed into a mainstream genre with lyrics and rhythms, which include, but are not limited to Gospel, Pop, Country, and Hip Hop, and Metal.

It also has become a major music ministry for Christians who feel the call to serve.

If you have never been to a contemporary Christian concert before, I highly recommend it.  It is a fabulous form of worship where people come together standing, singing, and listening to the message of Christ in a concert atmosphere through songs and stories.

People from different generations and backgrounds choose to attend, and the fellowship that occurs between virtual strangers is compelling.  You leave the concert feeling empowered with the Holy Spirit

Christian music reaches out to us on a level that we can understand and feel. It shows us that Jesus is still with us, even when we’re facing a crisis or celebrating our blessings. It keeps us on course with our faith.

Anything that allows us to ponder and explore our faith is beneficial.  For some of us, it is through music.  Others find reading books on faith and theology as a source of inspiration.

We are all uniquely created with different interests and personalities.

How God reaches out and communicates with us varies from person to person.

God will meet people where they are at and take them to the next level.

For those of you still uncertain, give it a try. Here’s a sample list of current CCM artists (random order):

MercyMe

Third Day

Big Daddy Weave

Crystal Lewis

Heather Williams

Mandisa

Casting Crowns

TobyMac

Selah

Matthew West

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2 responses to On Christian Music, Or: Proof I’m Not Always Cynical

  1. Jason and Elaine,
    It is interesting that you all would post this today because the other day I was having a discussion with my pastor on this very topic. While he is more versed in the “who’s who” of CCM, we both agreed that there is validity in the music and that it can reach many people that might not be reached otherwise. But we also agreed that it can be boring, especially if not done right.

    For myself, there is too much of what has become termed “7-11” music. It doesn’t inspire me nor does it move me. Often times, I am reminded of a saying from the old American Bandstand television show, “it has a nice beat and you can dance to it.” The problem is that much of what I hear doesn’t have a nice beat and you can’t dance to it.

    What I find also find interesting is that I ignored some of the music that came out of the 70s but now I listen to it and appreciate it.

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