The Evolution of Music in the Church: How far is too far?

“Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp.
Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs.
Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals.
Let everything that have breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord.”
Psalm 150: 3-6

So recently on Facebook I happened across a video of gospel singer Erica Campbell performing her single “I ‘Luh’ (Love) God’. The poster called it “Trap Gospel”. Now I don’t pretend to be an expert in any type of music but from what I can understand “Trap Music” glorifies a certain type of lifestyle. A lifestyle that is very unChrist-like.
The song itself still glorifies God but the vibe, in my OWN PERSONAL OPINION, lends itself to a more secular and worldly sound.
The very next morning I heard a Christian rap song. They were dressed in bandanas and covered in tattoos. That sounds judgemental. I’m really not trying to be. I only mention their appearance because it speaks of a particular way of life.
As Christians, the ones we want/need to reach are the ones who are lost; the ones that don’t know the truth. Oftentimes those people can only be reached by approaching them in a manner that they are familiar with. In this instance it’s making music that sounds like what they are used to hearing. I get it. The younger set aren’t always fans of what they consider “old school” gospel/Christian music. Artists nowadays seem to be making music that share similar beats and rhythms. Ok. Great! All genres of music must and will evolve. At what cost, though? You’re composing music that has secular tendencies. You’re still singing about a positive message of God’s love but what’s stopping you from taking it a step further? Then another step? Maybe that soul you’re trying to reach is a little more stubborn than you thought. You have to go just a little bit further. Maybe it’s your style of dress. Maybe it’s your mannerisms. Maybe it’s the way you’re wording your message. You think changing a word or two will be more effective. Suddenly you’re sending an entirely new message. The wrong message. Now you’ve lost them entirely. What’s worse, is that in your attempt to reach them on a level that made them more comfortable, you may have inadvertently lost yourself.

Music is going to change. As a man/woman of God attempting to reach someone through song, don’t let that change, change you.


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