Re: What Makes The Music "Christian?"
there is a difficult distinction of how you classify any music. Just take a look at the CRTC’s attempt to get more “canadian content” on the radio.
What if a band is made up of members from many countries?
What if the songwriters are canadian but the performers are not?
What if the artists just used a canadian recording studio?
the line is just way too blurry.
Same with christian music. many artists who are christian do not want to be labeled as christian because the other artists create a stigma.
It is just like in the NFL, where Tebow has been taking flak from the other FCA players because he is being an extreme representation.
And then there are artist who are not neccessarily christian, but borrow heavily from the bible.
I feel that if the sougs are outside of the three purposes of Christian music –
- Educating and creating a memory device
- Reaching out to those outside of the fold
- Encouraging fellow believers to stay strong in the faith
then it should be judged on the basis of Philipians 4:8, 9
Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies. (MSG)
If it is not fullfilling any of the thrreefold purposes, and it is not allowing you to put to mind any positive traits, then you should ask yourself if the music is worth listening to.
As I enter into my post-script, I would like to argue that you do not need a certain amount of “Jesus-Per-Minute” in order for something to be considered christian or not. God can use anything. Some pieces of music are artifacts, representing our broken state and desires, others indicate what the popular attitudes are towards various things.