A couple of days ago I came across a blog that I had never seen before, a "Christian" blog. I love blogs that are done by Christians because I usually find that I can relate to the author as a sister in Christ. I realize that there are a lot of divisions in the body of Christ because we sometimes interpret the scripture in different ways. That's okay, I try to respect others who don't believe everything exactly the way I do. But there was something I saw on that blog that I really couldn't understand. Above her list of links to others bloggers, she had a disclaimer saying that there may be some things on the other blogs that she doesn't endorse such as contemporary Christian music or videos. Contemporary Christian music is such a big part of my life that I can't understand how anyone could ever find anything wrong with it. Some of the music that is out there in this genre is biblically based and God-honoring, and it is a blessing to me when I listen to it.
Music in and of itself isn't Christian or non-Christian. Music is just melody, chords and rhythm. Instruments used to play the melody, chords and rhythms of music are not Christian or non-Christian. It is only after words are added to the music that it becomes Christian music. And when the word "contemporary" is added, all that means is that the songs were written during recent years or during this generation. To me, it doesn't matter if it's a hymn, contemporary Christian music, Christian country, Christian rock or heavy metal, because those are just different styles of music -- different ways of playing melody, chords and rhythms using different instruments. The thing that matters the most to me is the words. You can take any style of music and put any kind of words to it, and that is when the song becomes either Christian or something else. Personally, I am thankful for all kinds of Christian music because I know that different people like different styles of music and when you can put Christian words to someone's favorite style of music, it will minister to them in a special way. I write music -- my music is usually mellow and melodic, and when I add words I try to make them pleasing to the Lord. I just don't think we have to only sing hymns that were written a hundred years ago for it to be pleasing to God. Nor do I want to throw out the great hymns of the faith. I love them. My Bible says to sing and make music to the Lord and to play our instruments! And it doesn't say we have to stick to only one style of music!
Sing joyfully to the Lord, you righteous; it is fitting for the upright to praise him. Praise the Lord with the harp; make music to him on the ten-stringed lyre. Sing to him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy.
Ps 57:7 - Show Context
My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast; I will sing and make music.
Ps 81:2 - Show Context
Begin the music, strike the tambourine, play the melodious harp and lyre.
Ps 92:1 - Show Context
It is good to praise the Lord and make music to your name, O Most High, to proclaim your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night, to the music of the ten-stringed lyre and the melody of the harp.
Ps 95:2 - Show Context
Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song.
Ps 98:4 - Show Context
Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth, burst into jubilant song with music;
Ps 98:5 - Show Context
make music to the Lord with the harp, with the harp and the sound of singing,
Ps 108:1 - Show Context
My heart is steadfast, O God; I will sing and make music with all my soul.
Ps 144:9 - Show Context
I will sing a new song to you, O God; on the ten-stringed lyre I will make music to you,
Ps 147:7 - Show Context
Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving; make music to our God on the harp.
Ps 149:3 - Show Context
Let them praise his name with dancing and make music to him with tambourine and harp.
Eph 5:19 - Show Context
Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord,