There's No Such Thing as "Christian" music...
Many times, that’s how people see Christian art, or Christians making art: They see the art as having an agenda. Christians have really used and almost in some senses prostituted art in order to give answers instead of telling great stories and raising great questions. -Lecrae
“Christian music (as a genre) exists exclusively within the few insulated floors of some corporate construction in Nashville, Tennessee,”... “Otherwise, there’s no such thing as Christian music.” -Sufjan Stevens
I started on this article some months ago but never put it up. It's a touchy subject to some, to many people it's a non issue. The idea of “Christian music”. But for me, music, like all the arts, whether it be theater, painting,writing poetry and prose or other modes of creative expression, falls into two categories: good or bad.
I've heard music labeled as “Christian music” that was really awful, lyrics were bad, music was bad and there was nothing appealing about it. I've also heard “Christian music” that was really good, good lines, good chorus, all the good clippings of music that we like and enjoy. But, to be honest, I haven't heard a lot.
I'm being honest here, you can hate me or judge me as horrible if you wish, but I don't listen to the local “Christian” music station. I have no problem with people that do, my wife does and the kids like it as well, that's just fine. But I don't when I'm in the car and I have control of the radio, mostly because it all sounds the same, there's very little variety and the lyrics, for the most part, are tedious and repetitive.
I plan to pick up this topic later, this is just some food for thought. I'm not saying my view is the right view, I'm simply telling you it's my view.
I'm going to put a rather lengthy quote, which I have footnoted to give credit where credit is due and a possible encounter concerning Martin Luther.
... After a cobbler converted to Christianity, he asked the German theologian how he could be a good Christian cobbler. Luther responded, “The Christian shoemaker does his duty not by putting little crosses on the shoes, but by making good shoes, because God is interested in good craftsmanship.”