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.
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