Your thoughts on Christian lyrics
February 3, 2012 at 5:01 am #38523
Music is a Means but it’s not the goal… the Goal for all God fearing Christians should be the winning over of lost souls… and music can be used for that what it comes down to is loving one another and creating an atmosphere of mutual respect. On the other hand “righteous singing scares the devil”. so the music can be used for a variety of different outlets, what differentiates the christian music from secular noise is the fact that it is “righteous”, which means yes biblical.March 6, 2012 at 3:26 am #38524
This is completely relevent, we need to carve our own path and make a completely unique style different from everything else.
We are in a place where we need to be the light, we are just one point on people’s journey to faith.
this brings out an even bigger question: are we the christian portion of the electronic music, or the electronic portion of christian music?
I feel that we should use a “show don’t tell” method and have christian undertones, but do not just speak christianese. The music should be a pure response of what christ did, and not just some “holy words” thrown together, or have a certain amount of “jesus per minute”.
Yet, if we truely decide to be christian, rather than “christian-like” we need to ensure that the integrity of our message is protected by those who have the gift of decernment.
To paraphrase what I just said:
* The music is a response to God as we serve Him using our own talents.
* We shall not follow after any other artists, we may adopt some of their elements yet Jesus is the one that we follow.
* The content of the music should not indocternate those we wish to serve out on the dancefloor, but instead guide them gently.
* As music has been used in response and teaching throughout history, we should continue this trend.
* If we do decide to use our music for the purposes of teaching, we shall ensure that our theology is accurate and uncompromising.
* There shall not be any events labeled “christian” or “secular”, instead, all events should hold the dual purpose of feeding our flock and bringing lost sheep back into the fold.March 7, 2012 at 9:53 am #38525
Welcome to the forums.
I was just thinking, there really is room for all of the above. Some Christians are making music that has no lyrical message, some has a subtle message, others have an obvious message.
It is just good to see Christians making music, period. We should never compromise our beliefs, but the way we express our art can be quite diverse.
God bless.March 8, 2012 at 3:21 pm #38526
We should never compromise our beliefs, but the way we express our art can be quite diverse.
This is a good and wise understanding of Christian’s involved in EDM.June 9, 2012 at 9:23 pm #38508
I’ve been pulling my brains around with this topic for awhile in our church too.
I work with severel broken youths from our housing estate and majority of them are MC’s, but non-christians with very disruptive and often disturbing lives, we’re setting up workshops for music production and song writing for their fast paced and very aggressive style.
But trying to find a way to harness the energy they have is quite difficult, they steer off and end up reverting back to their old lyrics mid way quite alot and we have to reign them back in.
But we have however found one way to make use of the aggressiveness, and thats through testimony, the lyrics I mention arent you standard vocals on a track, im talking 3/4 guys with a mic each doing it live for about 2/3 hours non-stop, on beat, at 190-200bpm.
One of my own that has gone down a storm with even some of our older members at church is one of my own testimony lyrics, dont know if the site sensors will filter a couple words out but i’ll try postig it anyway.
When I was a young lad i was a proper sod,
Because I didnt know Jesus, I didnt know God.
My heart had stopped beating and I started to rob,
Life had a different meaning cause I thought I was God.
But now I’m alot older now I know I was wrong,
Hence why i’m writing lyrics testimony through song,
Used to walk on the darkside used to listen to the con,
Used to take directions from the devil, but now i’m back where I belong.
Strap that to a 4×4 beat and bounce on the kicks and bass with the words and it just blends in,
Very basic since i’m no MC, but I use it as a guideline for them as to what they should aim for when were working on things.
So even though a lyric may not always be praise or worship focused, it can still be Christian focused in my own opinion, all depends on what the usic is used for really. Is it simply fr listening to? Is it to get people involved in the performance? Is it to broadcast the message?
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