Christian Music as a Genre

Some excellent posts I’ve recently stumbled upon address what I’ve been feeling toward contemporary Christian music. The distaste I have for the “genre” has slowly been developing, but in recent months has made leaps and bounds towards halitosis.

I greatly enjoy the humble critique of contemporary Christian music in the following post entitled: “How to Think Biblically About Christian Music” posted at Said At Southern, a blog for Southern Seminary bloggers. I can’t be bothered to point out all the memorable quotes from the post, so just read the post, and be prepared to think about this “genre” we call Contemporary Christian music. One thing I will mention from the article is the point that is made that Christian music has become all about the content, or message, and less about the music. Consequently, this “genre” called Contemporary Christian music is the only genre that isn’t actually a musical genre. Well put.

I said “excellent posts” in the first sentence above, so I should now mention a second post, or blog rather. Bad Lyrics Make Bad Theology is a blog dedicated to really taking a look at the many praise and worship/contemporary Christian songs making their rounds on the radio and in churches. I concur with the assessment of the praise and worship song Above All. It’s got a great tune and starts out powerfully, but completely drops the proverbial ball with the phrase, “you took the fall and thought of me above all.” The song starts out exalting Christ–”Above all powers, above all kings”–and then turns decidedly anthropocentric in its ending line, putting me above all. Such a shame.

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One Response to Christian Music as a Genre

  1. Tony Kummer says:

    Drew,
    Thanks the mention. It seems like more and more people are beginning to think about music and culture from a Biblical theology of culture.

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