Contend Earnestly: Contemporary Christian Music

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Contemporary Christian Music

Here is some words from a wise man: Hank Hill.

When speaking of Christian Music he states:

You aren't making Christianity better, you're just making rock and roll worse

Hank...I couldn't agree more.


barrydean said...


You hit on a subject very dear to my heart and mind. While there is terrible Christian rock music being recorded and purchased, I believe people are buying just because of the label "Christian rock". I will never forget being in a church down in Florida and seeing a Christian music comparison chart. The chart compared Christian artist to "similar" sounding popular secular artists. I had a somewhat uneasy feeling about seeing that. Where does it lead? On the other hand there are some really good artists who in fact are Christian.

Speaking of music did you read my latest album review?

Seth McBee said...

I am currently reading "Jesus: Made in America" and it is really revealing even more with the aspects of CCM, that I didn't know before.

Plus, I have a close friend who has been successful in the music biz and has played in concerts with most of the top artists you see today...

let's just say that if sex and drugs is how we desribe rock and roll that most of the Christian rock artists could be defined the same way.

He has stories after stories of most of the groups today and how much drugs they do and how much they look like any other artists from regular old secular bands.

So, needless to say, I don't have much respect for the lyrics or the lives that they lead.

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ct said...

Classic Hank. Very funny.

Did you ever see the megachurch episode? It was absolutely hilarious. You can't find it anymore or at least I haven't been able to.

David said...

I saw this episode recently for the first time. This program always seems to portray Christianity with it's dignity intact.

David said...

I saw this episode recently for the first time. This program always seems to portray Christianity with it's dignity intact.

David said...

Hey Seth,

does that apply to "Christian" hip hop too?



Seth McBee said...


Yes...that is episode is classic.

Haven't talked to you in a while...good to see you again...

I would apply this to any "Christian" music that does not affectively bring correct theology without compromise.

So, there are some CCM artists that I am sure are godly individuals who sing about correct theology. I am not sure who, and I really haven't found any who I really like.

You hit on something interesting with Christian hip hop. I am from the days of A Tribe Called Quest, Beastie Boys, Run DMC, Black Sheep, etc. I love listening to their tracks still. I have always laughed when people tried to bring in Christian hip hop...DC Talk is the worst band I have ever heard trying to do this...but there is now some guys doing some amazing things with hip hop and with correct Calvinistic Theology. Who would have thought that Calvinism and Hip Hop could co-exist?

Here are some to check out:

Reach Records: Lecrae, Trip Lee, etc.

Shai Linne

Of course...if you have never liked hip will think these songs suck artistically, but hopefully you will see that the lyrics are Christocentrically (sp?)drenched.

Puritan Lad said...

Hilarious, and true.

For me, the music isn't about the style as much as the content. I have a hard time worshipping to a song that keeps saying:

"Can't Nobody Do Me Like Jesus
Can't Nobody Do Me Like The Lord"

In any case, I think you'll get my drift.

Arthur Sido said...

Funny stuff, but true. Preachers and contemporary Christian musicians try to act like the world, but honestly you can get better worldly entertainment outside of the church and at a more convenient time.

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