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Christian? Rock

by Ric Llewellyn

Today there is a musical movement away from this biblical standard among Christian youth called rock ‘n’ roll. Our young people have grown up with this rock music, and now see no reason to give it up. The idea that rock music is a valid biblical tool for the evangelization of the lost and the edification of believers is also becoming more accepted by older saints, and more popular with pastors and Christian leaders. In the past, older believers withstood the intrusion of the world into the Church. But now many of the saints are also clamoring for the music their sons and daughters want–ROCK. Youth leaders and pastors are facing increasing pressure to incorporate rock ‘n’ roll in their programs for young people, because “more kids can be reached.” Out of this movement and with this acceptance and popularity, Contemporary Christian Music was born.

It may be observed that Religious Rock poses a threat to the vitality of the Body of Christ. Christian young people are being saturated with a biblically deficient, superficial, religious emotionalism and the older believers are being bullied into surrendering scriptural values which make up the basis for building strong Christian lives.

The primary focus of a spiritual song should certainly be the Lord Jesus Christ Himself. It is He who is our life if we have been risen with Him (Colossians 3:1-4). Too often this is not the attitude fostered by Contemporary Christian Music. “What a Difference You’ve Made,” written by Archie Jordan and recorded by Amy Grant, is typical of the shallow view of the new life in Christ which is characteristic of Christian Rock. The difference Christ makes is that “[He is] my sunshine day and night,” and “[He] replaced all the broken parts [in my heart].” This characterization of the Christian life is woefully short of the glorious practical differences the Christ of the Bible has wrought for His children.

One might argue that music is an art form. But as Christian musicians become more and more “artistic” the lyrics of Contemporary Christian Music become more and more obscure until they retain virtually no spiritual value. Lyrics become so allegorical that a truly spiritual lesson is imperceptible. This indefiniteness opens the door to many incorrect understandings concerning the point of a particular song, which fosters the acceptance of teachings which are unbiblical and even antibiblical.

The arrangements which characterize soft rock cause emotional and psychological responses which may not be perceived by the listener. The loud, driving syncopation of hard rock ‘n’ roll causes involuntary physical responses over which the hearer has no control. Just as the natural man can be soothed by music (as exemplified by Saul), these natural aspects of man can be bombarded and manipulated until adverse spiritual effects are wrought. It is not that Christian Rock has contributed to the perpetration of suicide or mass murder, as with secular rock music, but that spirituality is being eroded and carnality is being propagated.

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