State of Play #007 "Unappealing and Nothing New" (Part 4) by Andrew Funderburk on 2015-03-27 10:13:27
“How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in Him of whom they have never heard?” These questions have echoed before the time they were even penned. Now, this same call is still waiting to be answered by many. This calling can be applied to the subject that has been written about for the past few weeks. In saying that, this week I’d like to ask the question, “Has Christian music become so focused on believers rather than reaching out beyond its own borders?”
Starting off, there’s nothing wrong with encouraging the body; it’s Biblical to do that, but believers also have the call to reach out beyond our own little safe confines of church liturgy and our Christianeze terms. This same thing applies to Christian music. As someone who has believed for many years now, I understand where artists are coming from when they use words and phrases like, “holy,” “beautiful,” “be lifted high,” “your love never fails,” “Your blood,” etc.
What about a person who has no background with these terms and no lens to filter them correctly? The only context I would have for “holy” is holy #&$*. The only “loves” that I had ever known before Christ DID fail me. How would I know that I can trust Him? Essentially, would someone have a somewhat decent understanding of who Jesus is and what His character is like through this music?
It’s not necessarily about becoming more “relevant” with music; it’s more about how we have discovered what, and Who, is really real. It’s about how we have changed, because of who Jesus is. Yes, the music on Christian radio is a reflection of Jesus’ working in these artist’s lives, but what about the bigger picture? What were many of these artists like before Jesus changed them? How can Christian artists use that identification point to greater reach those who are still in the same boat? Where is the love for the lost? Has Christian music become so ethno-centric that it has forgotten about the One who has left His own culture in order to reach ALL cultures?
It’s time to look beyond ourselves, because it’s not about us. It’s about Him. It always will be, and that will never change.
When we are in the fire, it’s easy to ask God, “Why?” It doesn’t hurt to ask that question, to examine our own hearts. If we can find no explanation for the trial, it’s possible that another drama is being played out behind the scenes.
Slightly Obsessed #216: Daddy Has You
As I sat at the red light, a pick-up pulled up beside me in the other lane. The window was rolled down, and the driver rested his arm lazily on the door ledge. A chihuahua fur baby sat perched in the crook of the driver’s arm, yapping with all its tiny might at the pickup in front of me.
Slightly Obsessed #215: Sunday School Had It Right
A Ugandan friend once told us that growing up in Sunday school, he quickly learned how to answer the Bible questions in class. “The right answer,” he said with a smile, “is always, ‘Jesus.’" As a child, no matter what question was posed in class, he always answered, “Jesus.”
Slightly Obsessed #214: Friendly Fire
In 1788, the Austrian army turned on itself and decimated its own ranks, allowing its enemy to walk in and take the city. Are we allowing the same thing to happen on the spiritual battlefield?
Slightly Obsessed #213: God of the Mountains
While life is so uncertain, one thing is: God loves us so much, and He will never abandon us. No matter what happens in the coming days, months, or years, God is in control. And He will give us the strength to overcome any trial that comes our way.
Jordan For Jesus #039: Find the GOLD in People
Find the GOLD in people. If you only see fault, error, wrongs, sins, and what is bad, in people, then you have no time to love them. You cannot judge people and love people, at the same time, which is why the Word of God instructs us to look for what is good in people. When we look for the good, in people, we are choosing to see people through the eyes of God.