More Thoughts on Christian Music

David CrowderLast week I wrote a post about Christian Music. There were some comments about Christian musicians imitating secular musicians. One complaint I have heard many times is that some Christian musicians do not look very Christian. I believe that we should judge music by the lyrics. What message is it sending.

This weekend at Passion as I was listening to David Crowder I begin thinking about his appearance and the message he was sending. Crowder looks like a freak, hillbilly, or something, couldn’t the guy at least afford a comb and razor. In fact for a long time I was turned off by the guy’s appearance. However, he is an incredibly gifted musician. He is able to blend so many styles of music into his own style. He uses a wide variety of instruments, the dude even uses a modified guitar from “Guitar Hero”. Then there are lyrics of his music. In my opinion Crowder writes some of the best worship music.

O Praise Him

Turn your ear
To Heaven and hear
The noise inside
The sound of angels awe
The sound of angels songs
And all this for a King
We could join and sing
‘All for Christ our King!’

How constant
How divine
This song of ours will rise
Oh, how constant
How divine
This love of ours will rise
Will rise…

Ohh praise Him!
Ohh praise Him!
He is Holy!
He is Holy!

Turn your gaze
To Heaven and raise
A joyous noise
Oh the sound of salvation come
The sound of rescued ones
And all this for a king
Angels join to sing
‘All for Christ our King!’

Oh la la la la la la..
Oh la la la la la la..
Oh la la la la la… laaa laa laa laaa!

How infinite and sweet
This love so rescuing
Oh how infinitely sweet
This great love that has redeemed
As one, we sing…

Hallelujah,
Hallelujah
He is Holy,
He is Holy (x2)

Oh la la la la la la..
Oh la la la la la la..
Oh la la la la la… laaa laa laa laaa!

Hallelujah
Hallelujah,
He is Holy
He is Holy

Oh la la la la la la..
Oh la la la la la la..
Oh la la la la la… laaa laa laa laaa laa!

In closing, I believe the music should speak for itself.

10 comments

  1. hello, my dear fellow christian friend:
    I have read your post,and I agreed with your belief of what a good,true christian song shold be.
    Because,a song is conveying a particular message to the audience to be understood what it,s saying about.
    And particularly,it is most important for a christian song to be heard clearly with a good lyric
    for glorifying our Lord, JESUS,and THE HOLY SPIRIT, and THE ALMIGHTY GOD,THE GOD OF THE BIBLE!!!!!!!!
    But, there is something___AN UTMOST IMPORTANT TRUTH___that we all tend to over look___THAT IS OFTEN TIME,THE ALMIGHTY GOD IS ALSO IN THE AUDIENCE!!!!!!!
    My friend,when we see, and listen to a guy___HOW HE IS PERFORMING a christian song___then, it tells us if he really is a christian.
    My dear,dear fellow good christian friend, can I let you know this true,true great,great message for our Lord, JESUS CHRIST that NOW, HE is giving each of us,faithful christians of HIS OWN 7-SONG-INVITATION CARD to come to dinner with HIM at HIS MOST BRILLIANT BANQUET AT HIS RETURN!!!!!!!!
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  2. The concept of “that Christian band doesn’t look like a Christian band” is highly reflective of the attitude of the Pharisees and Judaizers. If by “they don’t look like Christians” someone means they smoke pot and have a naked lady tattooed on them, I might agree. But if they mean they don’t dress, style their hair like “Christians should,” or that they have tattoos or piercings, then it is a silly, judgmental attempt to have someone else conform to you personalized, extrabiblical standard of morality.

    Just my humble opinion on an objection I’ve never heard before đŸ˜‰

  3. Thanks for all the comments.

    Alan, wow you’ve never heard that objection? It is used to refer to Christian musicians that have tattoos, long hair, or otherwise don’t look like a preacher. That is one of the most common objections I’ve heard to Christian rock.

    I think we should look at the heart of the person & the message being sent.Don’t know if Crowder has any tattos but he does look kind of strange. I heard someone say his head looks like an ice cream cone. It kind of does with that beard. From the music the guy writes he appears to be geniuly serving God.

  4. It (as it should) comes down to the heart. There are those that not only look weird but their message is a little off as well. The look of an artist should not be the definning statement, it should be their message. Do you think anyone looked at John the Baptist and said, “Now there is a normal looking guy.” I mean look at how he dressed.

    Is it wrong for Christian musicians to adopt a certain look to help reach their audience? I say no. Look at Jesus. He came down and dressed Himself like man. If He didn’t I wonder how people would have responded to Him, would He have been unapproachable?

    Will we ever lay down our gavels and get off the judges bench? Jesus calls us to come, not go and dress a certain way, take a shower, shave, and then come. (climbing off soapbox)

    What is the message and what is in the heart?

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