Theres No Such Thing as Christian Music

It’s a staple of American culture.

“Christian music”

“Christian movies”

“Christian rap”

There is a strict dichotomy describe between the art of most Christians in the public sphere and the art of non-believers. TobyMac builds Christian music, but Drake does not. Darren Wilson induces Christian movies, but Chad and Carey Hayes( screenwriters of The Conjuring ) do not.

Ever since an interview I read with Jon Foreman of Switchfoot, something has bugged me about this binary. Jon said, “I am a Christian and I induce music. The music is not saved. It is not Christian.”

In other terms, Jesus did not come and die to save chants. He did not suffer in order to bring Ocean 11 out of the flames of inferno. “Christian” is a noun , not a verb.

It refers to a person who has put their faith in “the mens” Jesus of Nazareth. Acts 11 points out that the word was first be used in Antioch, and it was an insult more than a descriptor. The accusers said of the Christians, you merely want to be like your master, Jesus Christ. You are Little Christs. And the term was born.

For the first 300 years of her life, Christianity suffered brutally at the hands of the Roman Empire until 313, when Constantine said Christianity legal. Soon after, the mistreatment let up and the empire be transformed into Christianity. You may have heard of a little thing called The Holy Roman Empire. This was a wedlock of religion and politics, from which the Western faith has never fully recovered. We visualize signs of its recession now, but we are very much still in the paradigm of Christendom. Christendom is a fancy word for a “Christian culture.” It accurately describes things like the Bible Belt, and the fact that politicians still appeal to Christian values when inducing speeches. Christianity is not persecuted in the west because of what Constantine did 1700 years ago, and we are only now beginning to see signs of its fading.

When Christianity became widely accepted across western culture and Christendom became the predominant kind of belief and action, this made room for “Christian things” to emerge.

For instance, in the 13 th century during the course of its fourth crusade, there are tales of western marauders breaking into eastern faiths and stealing holy artifacts and relics. Were these things actually’ holy’ and did they contain special power from the divine? Perhaps, but likely not. They were merely “Christian things.” They were elevated to its own position of holding some sort of essence bear of man’s perception more than divine origin.

And we fall into the same traps today.

I catch myself creating this false dichotomy between Christian things and secular things; holy spaces and unholy spaces. How many times have you heard someone crack a dirty joke only to have someone else say “Dude! You can’t say that in a church! Not in here! ”

It’s a Christian space .

Contrary to everything the Bible teaches, we believe that there are places where we can go to meet God, but the rest of the time, He’s somewhat far away. He’s trapped in a cathedral somewhere or attending a council in Jerusalem. He’s not in my automobile on the road, or in the movie theater.

Another implication of Christendom is that, in this culture, nearly all the artwork created was sacred art. Handel’s Messiah , the Sistine Chapel, and every triptych in Italy was commissioned and created by the church, for the church. The cutting edge of art and music was in the church, and nothing existed outside of it. Even the architecture of churches was meant to inspire awe in visitors. Anyone who has set foot in an ancient cathedral can show. What we have seen in the dissolution of Christendom is a reduction of support for quality art from the church, and a focus on generating private art, exclusively for the pleasure of Christians.

What originated as an insult to highlight the early believers striving to be like their master over period became a descriptor of various types of merchandise and media in order to boost sales. The word has become a marketing ploy.

The sad thing is, we Christians have gobbled up this Christian marketing scheme. As if the word comprised some promise of This album is imprinted by the divine and will change their own lives( And of course, the lyrics are squeaky clean ).

I adoration insuring Christians fudge this boundary wall. For instance, venerate band King’s Kaleidoscope fell not one but two f-bombs in a recent song, which the vocalist said came straight from the pages of his journal as a prayer to God. He broke free from the typical restraints of what Christians should and shouldn’t have in their work.

Then you have Christians on the other side such as Kendrick Lamar and Chance the Rapper who run in secular circles and use their platforms to raise awareness about things like social unfairness and struggles with God.( And with them, the writers of The Conjuring cinemas who wanted to remind people of the presence of the spiritual world)

I think that the more we can dissolve the barrier between “Christian stuff” and “secular stuff, ” the more we will be able to make a difference in our culture. If the gospel is universally appealing and is entailed for the redemption of the whole world, shouldn’t our creations be equally accessible and relatable? How many times have you sat through a ‘Christian film’ and believed, Yah…life is definitely not like that …

I am a Christian. Many of you are Christians. Don’t be clowned into thinking that your music collecting, DVD specifies, or certain stores are also Christians. They are not. They are runs built by Christians, hopefully with the same care and quality non-believers put into theirs.

The sooner we can simply live as Christians, do good work, and speak well to the world in which “were living”, the guys more efficient we will be as Little Christs . So may we do so. May we work hard, love well, and not construct false descriptors to segregate our art from that of the world. I guess changes like this can begin by to oversee the behavior we are talking here about certain things. If we could delete the adjective form of “Christian” from our vocabulary, I think we would begin to think differently about how we are to live and create in the world, and relate to those who are not believers.

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