Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Thoughts on Christians and Christian Music

As I read Tim Ellsworth's post on the recent Jars of Clay interview, thoughts cross my mind. For example, a stream of Christian musicians such as Derek Webb, Switchfoot, and Jars of Clay, are not the mainstream conservative Christian types, and therefore really don't fit into any current mold.

Is this really a bad thing? I mean as long as their character exudes Christ, is it bad for there to be diversity amongst Christian artists.

Case in point: Let's look at Toby Mac. Have you listened to his lyrics? The man is a singing missionary. He sings to such themes as racial diversity [relationships], homelessness, character, and God's unconditional love. Last I looked, he's no walking poster boy for the Democrats or Republicans either. Is this a bad thing?

Sometimes we become so wrapped up in what one political party is doing over the other, that we forget who we are and our mission:

Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."

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