Thinking Out Loud

March 27, 2009

Christian Music: Who Will Tell Our Stories?

With the entire cast of Christian musicians currently preoccupied with writing vertical worship music, it does the beg the question, who will tell our stories?   What aspects of our faith is not being transmitted to the next generation due to our sidelining of music with narrative or didactic lyrics?

mona_mahmudnizhadWhat got me thinking about this was a YouTube viewing last night of a song by Canadian musician Doug Cameron, Mona With The Children, which tells the story of a young Baha’i girl, Mona Mahmudnizhad, who was one of ten women martyred in Iran for teaching her faith to children.    Her heroic story is inspiring on so many levels. It is hard to just dismiss the strength of her conviction just because our beliefs are different.   But more important is my longing for a Christian equivalent to this type of music.  Sadly, there isn’t much out there.

Kids that form Christian bands believe that they are limited lyrically to what they sing in church and at youth group.   It was not always this way.   I love modern worship, but I believe we are severely limiting ourselves.  As Christians, we need to the huge resources of our “Christian music industry” to praise God and to teach and tell stories of personal salvation and heroes of our faith.



  1. This is an interesting thought. I love the vertical worship style of the new songwriters but you are right in saying that current popular songwriters seem bound to it. In shunning the old ways, they lost what was precious. Many old hymns did tell stories of the faith experiences of stalwart believers. Sometimes a gifted musician modernizes the musical style of a wonderful old hymn and breathes new life into it. But rarely does a new song appear in the same vein.

    Comment by Cynthia — March 27, 2009 @ 10:03 pm

  2. Five Iron Frenzy, though ska/punk, tells stories in a few songs such as “The Cross Of St. Andrew.” 33 Miles has a song or two that is a story. Typically, country music is notorious for story telling, and likewise, Christian country is where you will find it. Christian rock just follows suit with mainstream rock in it’s lack of story and focus on rhyming feelings.

    Comment by christianmusicreview — April 2, 2009 @ 12:19 pm

  3. Also, see Steven Curtis Chapman newest few songs.

    Comment by christianmusicreview — April 2, 2009 @ 12:20 pm

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