I am a big fan of contemporary Christian music. I'm a big fan of music period, but there is something about the concept of the music I enjoy having something to do with God and spiritual matters. I like knowing that the music is somehow intended to lift us up to a higher spiritual plane and to make us think about the deeper meaning of the lyrics. Does contemporary Christian music really do this effectively?
We are told not to conform to the ways of this world. Rhythm laden music is often associated with promiscuity and uninhibited behavior which can lead to alcohol and drug abuse. The fans of many modern music styles are more prone to egocentric behaviors and trends like tattooing, piercing, and provocative clothing. Combined with loud volumes, hypnotic lights, and elaborate performance presentations the music can become a thrill-seeking experience rooted in providing self indulgent pleasure.
The values of the performers might even be questioned. Some have had problems with substance abuse and have led what might be considered lifestyles of dubious moral integrity. The artists often succumb to the entrapments of worldliness and immorality while acting as proponents of Christian living. In the end they are merely fraudulent examples of the Christian life they are supposed to be emulating.
My question up for debate today:
Does contemporary Christian music really glorify God?
Is the genre really of any spiritual value? Is it misleading millions into a false form of worship? Has contemporary worship music trivialized our church services and perhaps even driven some away from God?
Has the music industry started to dictate values, practice, and even theology? Is something like Handel's Messiah glorious, whereas the music of a group like Delirious actually kind of delirious like the name says? Do you like Christian rock music? What is your favorite type of Christian music and why?