On the train today, I was chatting with a guy I Know. He was telling me that He had recently been at a massive Christian event. In his words it was a “Christian Rock/worship event.” I asked him about if those two words go together “Christian” and “Rock”. He said he didn’t see a problem with it.
He told me about The performances by David Crowder band, Delirious?, Third Day, Newsboys. How great it was to have a big venue, 6000 people, and a day where the music, lighting sound, was top quality, a day you can take your non Christian friends too and not feel ashamed.
what is Christian rock music.
If Rock music is not satanic
Rock music cannot be Christian.
what it leaves us with is a medium (Rock Music) which is used and abused by musicians how they see fit.
How does Rock fit in to this christianisation. It doesn’t.
If it is religious and be definition Christian then It is religious music. And the question has to be asked if Rock music the appropriate medium for religiosity.
It isn’t Religious and spiritual songs have their roots is communal singing. It is quite hard for communal groups to sing rock music. But slow the tempo and suddenly everyone can be singing along. Hence the popularity of the Hillsongs, Vineyard Soul Survivor musical experience.
Rock music though is meant to slap you in the face, provoke, challenge and make you think. It seems to be charged with more zealous indignation. When A rock band start to play, and the bass hits you in the chest, the volume is cranked to 11 you realise that communal singing is very different to singing along with a band.
This leaves us with a quandary.
Christian Rock music should not exist. So why does it. Well why does the mullet live on as a hair style? Why did the crazy frog get to number one?
Christina Rock makes some Big companies Some Big Money Hundreds of millions of dollars million of pounds, This is big business. Why?
Because It’s Safe. In two ways.
It is safe for your family. No cuss words, not danger of liberalism, no danger of engaging with subject matter that is unwholesome. Some years ago memorably Christian Book stores decided to ban the CD Delicate Fade By Common Children due to it having a song by the title “Hate” on it. By listening to the latest Toby Mac CD Your child won’t want or need to listen to Eminem.
It’s a limited but regular market. Parents will buy stuff for their child if you tell them it’s Christian. It’s a safe bet to make money. Young people will decided what’s okay and ask for more of that. Parents will feel happy to oblige.
This safety negates the need to engage, prove quality, and be salt and light in the world. Risk takers are needed and work.
People who have faith, but are willing to forgo the safety of selling a couple hundred thousand records but being restrained in their artistic vision. People who are putting their art out there for general consumption. People who are getting there.
David Eugene Edwards of 16horsepower was notorious for turning every interview into a discussion on Theology with the interviewer. Yet most Christian Rock Fans would be hard pushed to tell you anything about him. Ask what Third days drummer’s favorite hat colour is and well, the chances are they will know.
I guess it comes down to this. Is Christianity for you all about Staying safe, and singing religious songs and slogans. Well Christian rock is for you. But if your faith can engage, and deal with the unsafe, risk taking, dangerous world, then perhaps you need to see what music which does the same thing can do for you.
‘Now The Day Is Over’ offers is a safe place where one can exist (at least temporarily) outside of all of lifeÂs hardships. This is music that leaves cynicism out in the cold. The purity of the soul is what counts.
agendamusic.com speaking about the innocencemissionss latest album.