It has long been said that Christian music is the only so called genre that is based solely on the content of the lyrics, even though in my eyes it has more to do with the current status of an artist’s soul than the topical nature of their songs.
Still, with the designation of Christian music comes with a lot of different expectations by a lot of different people groups. Of course there are the very strict radio stations that go with the old JPM standby. That’s the terrible term of “Jesus Per Minute”, where you actually count how many times someone says the name Jesus in a song, so that you know how holy it is.
Although most of us are not that extreme, we still each have our own expectations of what Christian music is versus what it should be.
Some might still say that Christian music has to be quite specific, like a Bible study where the artist is clearly outlining a specific idea or topic that they want to address and then stating exactly what they want the listener to get out of the music.
Likewise, some might believe that all music should be lifted upward to God in some manner of worship, either directly with lyrics that praise Him or indirectly worshiping Him no matter who they are addressing.
Still others might believe that musicians should be no different than any other artist (painters, sculpters, authors), such as C. S. Lewis who was famously asked if we need more Christian writers, replying “No, we need more writers who are Christian.” The basic point being that our art should be like any other person’s art, but with our worldview affecting all that we do.
Sometimes the line between one thought and the next is razor thin and it is hard to distinguish one from another, but I’ll ask you what you like to hear in your lyrics?
I’ll leave you with this:
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
Colossians 3: 16 (NKJV)