Today, I completely despise that music. I even cringe when I hear it on the radio. But in my state of depravity, I thought it was "cool" to listen to music like that - after all, all the other kids were doing it. Like I said, 15 years ago, "that horrible music" that I listened to is tame compared to today's stuff. I can only imagine what Morgan will face 15 years from now.
But that is one of many challenges that we will face as parents. I thought of this over the weekend as our family devotional focused on the role of music in our Christian lives.
Has Christian music become just as bad?
Don't get me wrong. I do not believe that contemporary Christian music is littered with cursing, degrading of women, etc. And I would much rather my children listen to it than some of the secular stuff out there. But I also question that a lot of this contemporary Christian music, is well, Christian.
Throughout the bible, we are instructed to "lift a joyful voice" and worship God using music. In fact, it is commanded that music be uplifting to the Lord and be theologically sound. This is evident throughout the Psalms of David - the original hymn book.
Have you ever been invited to church with these words? "You should come to church with us on Sunday. The music is incredible." or hear someone say "I liked the preacher at that church, and I like the people, but the music isn't very good so I can't go back."
I have been guilty of both. But worshiping our Lord and Savior should not be entertaining to us. It should be glorifying to him. Many churches have gone to a "contemporary" style to attract young people to church. Is it wrong that more young people are going to church? No, but it is wrong that more young people are going to church for the wrong reasons.
Go back to a traditional worship style, and people would leave churches in droves. Some would stay - the ones that came for the wrong reasons but found the true reason.
Simply mentioning God or Jesus does not make a song Christian. Consider the following three sets of lyrics. Guess which one is the "Christian" song.
I saw a man with tat on his big fat belly
It wriggled around like marmalade jelly
It took me a while to catch what it said
Cause I had to match the rhythm
Of his belly with my head
We ain't got no place to go
Let's go to the rudeboy show
I wanna hear them play it rude
Gonna pop some rudeboy attitude