We are at a big festival in the UK right now, and as often happens with artists in this situation, I had some press interviews throughout the day. People in Europe seem to have a courage to speak things as they are, and I was asked more than once about my “problems with Christian music.”
It got me thinking.
I realized how one-sided I’ve been in this blog. And by one-sided, I don’t even mean one side of a larger argument, but one side of my OWN argument.
I realized how little I talk about the things that I love about Christian music.
The problem is that I don’t often write blogs. And when I do, it’s generally when I get riled up about something that I have seen. For that reason, most of my blogs tend to be fairly…shall we say…pointed?
So, for that one-sidedness, I’d like to apologize. I have rarely blogged, for instance, about the humility that you’ll find in most Christian music. Most of the big Christian artists are actually really humble and sweet people. I haven’t blogged about how most Christian artists that I have met at these big festivals do not act like divas or rock stars behind the scenes. Most of them are making music for reasons other than ego gratification, money, or fame.
I haven’t blogged about how inspiring some Christian music has been to me personally. I have experienced some of the greatest moments of my life in worship and connectedness with music that has been marketed as “Christian music.” I probably haven’t been vocal enough about my gratitude to work besides some really outstanding people that make their living in the Christian music industry. As I speak, many of them are hanging out in a pub downstairs, sharing grace and peace over a pint. I love that. I love this.
So, please know, when I write about Christian music with fury in my words, it actually is rooted in love. Love for the good and beautiful will always be a hatred for evil. I hate the evil because I love the good. It is also written in hope. Hope for growth and change. As many issues as I may have with some of the cultural roots that tend to seep into religious business in general (capitalism, fame-worship, fear, dishonesty…etc), there is actually a lot about Christian music that I love.