Myths About Christian Music

Myths About Christian Music

There are a number of myths about Christian music that have become quite popular. Are they really as true as they sound? Let’s take a look at a few of them.

Myth – All Christian music sounds the same. There’s no musical diversity. If I want to listen to a certain style, I need to turn on secular music.

Christian music is no less diverse than secular music. In music in general, whether secular or Christian, there are trends that are popular for a while, then fade away to be replaced by the next big thing. Maybe you aren’t into the trend that is popular right now, but rest assured that it will soon be replaced by another musical trend – one that may be more to your liking. And there are bands with styles different from what is currently in. All it takes is a little time exploring the world of Christian music to find one you love!

Myth – Christian music isn’t very good quality-wise. Musically, it can’t even begin to compare to secular songs.

Just like in the secular music biz, there are Christian songs that are less than stellar musically-speaking, and ones with high-quality music. And though it’s great to listen to music that you love, you need to pay a little attention to the lyrics as well, because what you are constantly listening to will eventually begin to affect how you view things.

Myth – Christian music isn’t as deep as it used to be, or should be.

Yet songs that don’t talk about Jesus at all are more deep? And some of the songs that we think are very surface-level, filled with “simple” concepts like the fact that God loves us and gives us second chances, are actually a lot more deep than we may think. God’s love and grace are so great we could study them forever, yet never do more than skim the surface. And the fact that Jesus gave His life for us when we didn’t even care about Him doesn’t make sense in the natural. It takes the help of the Holy Spirit to really understand what He did for us at the cross.

Myth – Who’s to say what makes music “Christian?” Any song that is positive or morally sound is Christian music.

This is probably the myth that I’ve heard the most often. Think about it like this – does being a good person get you to heaven? No, it doesn’t! In the same way, you can have a good song that isn’t necessarily a Christian song. How do you tell whether or not a song is a Christian song? It’s very simple – does it talk about Christ? If it doesn’t have anything to do with Him, then no matter how good it is, it probably isn’t a Christian song. Why is it some important to listen to Christian music? Because songs that are centered on Christ can encourage you in your faith and help you draw close to God in a way that secular songs simply can’t!

Which of these myths have you heard?

Introducing I Am They

i am they again

Lifest – Oshkosh, WI

Newcomers to the Christian music scene I Am They are off to a great start in their career! They released their self-titled debut album towards the end of this past January, and have been going strong ever since. They joined the Rock and Worship Roadshow this past winter/spring, alongside MercyMe, Jamie Grace, Group 1 Crew, and other big-name artists in the faith-based music biz, in addition to joining Matt Maher for the Saints and Sinners tour. Recently, they were nominated for the Dove Awards New Artist of the Year award!

I Am They originally formed as a worship ministry in 2008, called Solomon’s Porch. In 2011, the band took on the name I Am They, the name they’ve become known by professionally. The band has felt blessed to do what they’ve been doing, pursuing God’s call for them, which has been quite a journey!

When asked to describe the band’s style of music, Adam Palmer called it folk-pop. “We’re very much an acoustic band,” he continues – with few, if any, electric guitars, or anything like that, on their album. He said their sound is very organic, because that’s what they both started with and write on. “We just kind of stick to what we know,” he explains.

I Am They’s debut album contains 10 songs that band member Adam Palmer says are very precious to them – very much from their stories and their hearts. “It’s been neat to see how the church and how the listeners have been able to just kind of own those (the songs) as prayers with a melody,” he continues. “It’s been amazing to see how these songs are touching people’s lives.” Band member Matt Hein said that some ladies he worked with for 10 years who don’t know Jesus or listen to Christian music actually picked up a cd, and haven’t taken it out of their cd player since! “They’re hearing the gospel for the first time,” Matt says, “and for us, that’s what it’s all about, so that’s been very, very much a blessing for us, as well.”

I Am They has come out with music videos for two of their songs – “From the Day,” and “Your Love Is Mine.”  The video for “From the Day,” the band’s first single, was filmed out in a field that’s right out in their back yard, in Nevada. “You can tell we’re in Nevada, because our faces are all wind-blown . . .” Matt Hein comments. The video for “Your Love Is Mine” was actually filmed amidst the trees in the forest!

If you like music with a folksy/slightly country kind of feel, make sure you check out I Am They’s debut album. They have had a great beginning to their career, and a bright future ahead of them!

Over the summer, I got to chat with a few of the band members. See what they have to say about the band’s journey so far, and their hopes and plans for the future!

Christian Music, New Record, and God’s Not Dead 2 with Duncan Phillips of Newsboys

Duncan of Newsboys

Lifest – Oshkosh, WI

Earlier this month, Newsboys performed at Lifest (which took place July 9-12 in Oshkosh, WI). Before the show, I had a chance to chat with Duncan Phillips, Newsboys’ drummer, and discuss common perception of Christian music, the new record the Newsboys are putting together, and God’s Not Dead 2. To see what he had to say, check out this video from Generation Arise’s YouTube channel! (http://generationarise.com/ is my website geared specifically towards teens and young adults.)

Fun Fact About the Members of Newsboys –

  • Lead singer Michael Tait grew up as a pastor’s kid. He had 8 siblings – 3 brothers, and 5 sisters.
  • Drummer Duncan Phillips uses Insanity to get in a workout. (Although I’m sure he already gets a pretty good workout any time the Newsboys perform!)
  • Sports are what goes on the tv in the Newsboys’ tour bus, and keyboardist Jeff Frankenstien loves hockey in particular! He plays it with other team members in Nashville, where he lives. His last name is on the back of his jersey, but people have a hard time believing it’s for real, and wonder “Who’s that guy?”
  • Guitarist Jody Davis doesn’t like down time, so he has taken to building guitars, which Newsboys have used in their shows. Zane Guitars let him know they wanted to do an artist model with him!

newsboys and me

 

What Matters Most About Music

What Matters Most About MusicMusic is listened to and enjoyed by many each and every day. Most of us listen to many different songs on a daily basis. Because we listen to it so much, and so often, it’s very important that we show discernment in our choice of music – that we remain conscious of what’s going into our ears, and consequently, into our minds and hearts.

In the Christian world, there’s much controversy regarding the different styles of music. Some may feel that their music selection should remain limited to more traditional tunes that express their faith. Others may enjoy listening to more hardcore Christian artists. Some may venture into the secular music realm, while still others may feel that it’s best to stick exclusively to the Christian genre.

Despite our differing opinions, at the end of the day, what really matters about the songs we listen to is the message that they convey. Take a few minutes to peruse the lyrics of several of your favorite songs. What are the artists really saying? What are these songs about? Does the content of their lyrics line up with the kind of thing Philippians 4:8 says that we should be thinking about? If so, keep on listening. If not, you may want to rethink your music selections.

Also, while there are some secular songs that truly convey good, wholesome, worthwhile messages, there is still a difference between songs that exalt our Heavenly Father, and proclaim the good news of what Christ has done, and those that don’t. It’s like the difference between chips, soda, and popcorn vs. a good, hearty dinner of chicken and vegetables – one is simply more nourishing than the other. There’s just something more active and life-giving about music containing lyrics that encourage us in our relationship with God, that simply isn’t a part of songs written from the world’s perspective.

Next time you are listening to music, challenge yourself to focus on more than just a cool tune or a catchy beat. Pay attention to the lyrics, and consider whether the message they convey is something you want to be listening to. Begin to establish a habit of listening consistently to songs that will spur you on in growing closer to your Heavenly Father!

What song(s) have benefited you in your walk with God? Comment to share music that has encouraged you in your life as a believer!

What matters most about music . . .