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?