Saturday, June 16, 2012

The Misconception on Modern-Day Christian Music

Is modern day Christian Music, turning us away from the Truth that Jesus put before us?
I recently heard that Carrie Underwood, a well known country singer, who claims to be a true Christian; has done something terrible. Mrs. Underwood promotes gay marriage. She exclaims that people shouldn't feel bad about who you marry... It's sickening...

Below is On The Box, a show that I highly respect from a group of evangelists from Living Waters. Ray Comfort and Tony, two evangelists, share their opinions about what Mrs. Underwood said.

The main point I want to make with this blog post is that we need to remember not to idolize the singer or the writer of a song. Every singer and song writer have a unique gift, these gifts were given by no one else but the Lord. We need to focus on who the song writer was directing the song to.

Why do we sing praise and worship songs? Because we are worshipping the One who created us, not because we want to sing a song that some popular artist sang...this should be our main purpose of singing songs.

Psalms 33:1-3

"Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous! For praise from the upright is beautiful. Praise the Lord with the harp' Make melody to Him with an instrument of ten strings. Sing to Him a new song; Play skillfully with a shout of joy."

Psalms 67:3-4

"Let the peoples praise You, O God; Let all the peoples praise You. Oh, let the nations be glad and sing for joy! For You shall judge the people righteously, and govern the nations on earth. Selah."

There are many more references to how we should praise God throughout Psalms. David did a really good job praising the Lord. But we are idolizing him are we?? Not like we do with Carrie Underwood, and people like Philips, Craig and Dean. Everyone falls off the path sometimes, we just need to make it a priority not to idolize or "look-up" to singers too much...they are just people, like you and me.

Praise God, not the singer. Follow the Creator, not the writer. Believe the Word, not the script. Idolize the One who made all, not the one who sang the song.

Thanks for reading,


gracie said...

Thanks for the reminder Josiah! It can be hard to remember that, especially when the singer actually does seem to be an "honorable" person who really does seem to be following Jesus! I really appreciated your view on this!
God Bless!

Megan said...

Great post, Josiah!

In our home we love listening to, singing along with, and enjoying good music. It takes careful consideration and discernment to choose good music, not just music with a catchy rhythm or a "feel-good" message. Good music is well written musically AND brings honor and glory to God. Music that is worth singing along with with always glorify God.

Music is similar to other mediums (TV, movies, even books). It can be a temptation that turns our hearts away from God. It is doubly challenging because lyrics stick in our minds even after the song is over, similar to how a picture stays in your mind after the movie is done.

Thanks for the thought provoking blog post rooted in Scripture!

Lady Victoria said...

Amen Josiah!