Whether you’re a fan of conventional Christian music or go with the modern contemporaries, there clearly is a distinction between the two categories, and each group has its devout followers who swear that the one is better than the other, never neglecting to mention the benefits of their chosen group over the other.
But there is a middle ground, as some people have discovered.
Both groups are not just good, but also essential to the wellbeing of a Christian. The “goodness” and benefits of traditional Christian music (hymns, praise/worship etc.) are already known—they are centered on using lyrics to glorify God. Unfortunately, the benefits of the contemporary (pop, rock, hip-hop etc.) are not as known or understood. Here are some reasons to consider the contemporaries as a vital part of Christian music:
1. They are intimate and personal prayers to God written in very informal style, which make them relatable to a listener. When combined with a person’s favorite genre such as pop, rock, or hip-hop, it makes the listening experience much better and very fulfilling. It’s like getting two great deals in one package. Just in case you need Scriptural justification for combining prayers with your favorite music, look no further than the Psalms. Most of the psalms are the prayers of King David, which he sometimes combined with music. No one knows what particular genre was his preference, but Scripture does document that he played/recommended a couple of instruments. And, aren’t the genres different because of the instruments/style used to produce music?
“Sing joyfully to the LORD, you righteous; it is fitting for the upright to praise him. Praise the LORD with the harp; make music to Him with the ten-stringed lyre. Sing to Him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy” Psalm 33: 1-3.
2. They tell of the personal struggles of a person and how God faithfully helped them to overcome. This is what you call a testimony, but this time placed in a song. There’s nothing like hearing a story that mirrors your own, and you find that the person telling the story overcame what you’re presently struggling with. It’s like water to a thirsty soul. And, combined with your favorite genre?—that’s good music! Also, it’s not different from what the psalmist did.
3. Some songs put to words experiences that a listener may not have been able to, prior to listening to the song. Some burdens of the heart are so heavy that at the time you’re experiencing them, it’s virtually impossible to describe what you’re feeling and experiencing. Other times, it’s so bad you can’t even pray because you don’t have the words to do so. Then along comes a song that describes exactly how you feel, and it goes on to do better—the song is also the prayer that you needed to say to God. You feel it in your heart and in your spirit on a level that is beyond organic; it is spiritual. The burden in your heart is lifted and you suddenly feel better. You’re not alone in this world. Someone somewhere (aside from God) understands what you’re going through. They’ve been through this patch and survived. The faith that you, too, can do the same grows in your heart.
Perhaps you’re one who was raised to listen to only the conventional and you’ve wondered about the rightness of stepping into something different than what you were taught, even though you don’t always feel fulfilled when you listen to what you’re used to. Perhaps you’re someone who knows a person who swears by the “goodness” of the contemporaries, and you’re seeking to understand why. You wish you did, but you don’t get it even when you try to listen along with them. With the points above to enlighten you as to the reasons why, take the time to listen again with this person, and you’ll discover something new. Bottom line, there’s no reason for people with different preferences to go to war. Both kinds of music are meant to co-exist, each blessing the Christian in the specific way that they were designed to.
About the Editor
Miranda A. Uyeh is the founder and editor of To Be A Person (TBAP), the author of Christian Romance/Suspense fiction, To Die Once: Child of Grace #1, a Mogul Global Ambassador, and a copywriter. She was a one-time shortlisted judge for the Inspy Awards in 2014 in the Contemporary Romance & Romance/Suspense Category. In 2016, Miranda was honored to be one of 500 book reviewers across the world invited to help launch Tim Tebow’s book, Shaken.
When Miranda isn’t reviewing books/entertainment or hosting interviews on TBAP, she’s writing, reading for fun or relaxing with a good movie! When she gets bored with the world, she talks to God about it! To learn more about her book, To Die Once, and her journey as an author, you can follow her author website. You can also connect with her on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Google+.
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