Thinking Out Loud

July 6, 2018

The Problem with Christian Music

While I don’t want this to be a defining feature of this blog, we have recently discussed some of the problems with Christian radio and the related problems with modern Church worship music. And now we’re doing it again.

A few notes: The video is 14-minutes long. I don’t know the creator. It was posted just over a year ago and was sent to me by a friend. I’m not endorsing every sentence in the video script, but I think this deserves a growing audience.



  1. He is so right.

    Comment by Angie — July 6, 2018 @ 8:32 am

  2. So much I want to say in response to this one, and there isn’t the space (and I don’t have the time to do it properly.) But…

    I agree so much with the sentiments, and at the same time disagree vehemently. I say that as someone who works in Christian music and dislikes a lot of what is released. Yes it follows a formula. No it doesn’t speak to me. But some people are being blessed. Yes most isn’t overly creative – but neither is most popular music. Yes, Christians should be doing better. And some do.

    Almost 40 years ago, I was talking with singer Bruce Cockburn, who said to me: “Most Christian music is crap, and crap for Christ’s sake is still crap.” I think you could make that argument for artistic statements from any age. Wesley wrote 6,000 hymns; why do we only sing a half dozen today? Can it be because most weren’t very good? Or suitable only for a particular time and place? Today’s Christian music, especially “worship” music, is almost designed to be disposable. Which does not mean it does not have validity in the moment.

    The Christian music “industry” is an easy target – I’ve taken pot shots myself, especially at Christian radio (which i have been involved in for 40 years). To us old guys it seems like the “industry” has lost its way. But is that age (senility) talking, or experience?

    Is modern worship music (for the most part) bland and tasteless both musically and spiritually? Yes. Is it impacting countless lives? Also yes. Do Christian pop singers play it too safe? For my tastes certainly. But as a music programmer I have to think about my audience. I try not to give too much meat to people used to milk and not ready for solid foods. I make no apologies for that.

    We are blessed to live in an age where it is easier than ever before for artists to bypass the “gatekeepers” such as myself and get their music to a larger audience. That thrills me. We don’t all have the same musical tastes because we worship an infinite God.

    Comment by Lorne Anderson — July 6, 2018 @ 10:06 am

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