1,600:10,000–this is the ratio of Christian radio stations compared to the total number of commercial radio station across the United States, according to radio-media.com. More and more every day, it seems a commonality to hear of a new “Christian Artist” or “Christian hit.” Christian music has become quite accessible all across the country, as artists are arising, albums are being produced, concerts are taking place, and radio stations are unashamed of the gospel. As a believer in Christ, it must be a joy to experience the peaceful sounds of the faith in a public setting or even in the car while in the midst of the world. As is with anything else, however, there are pros and cons to faith-based radio. In speaking about Christian artists, songs, albums, concerts, and radio stations, it is certainly seen as a blessing in which worship can potentially be lifted to God through song throughout the entire day; but, the implications of these opportunities must be regarded in various respects.
I personally must admit that I rather enjoy jumping into my car after hours in an office, classroom, rehearsal setting, etc. only to be surrounded by the sounds of praise while driving down the road. I listen to Christian music on the radio, commercial-based and satellite radio. It is certainly not the only music with which I delight my eardrums, but I absolutely appreciate the fact that I have such accessibility to music that enriches and feeds my soul.
Psalm 100:2 states, “Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.” Obviously, this verse applies to many various aspects of worshiping in song. However, I will be the first to tell you that I suffer from a common disease known as road rage–I cannot stand to be cut off in traffic or anything of the sort. This verse seems to apply because I tend to worship in gladness as the joyful songs of praise protrude from the speakers within my car, rather than focusing on the unnecessary lack of a blinker or the oblivious pedestrian. Of course, 1 Corinthians 10:31 states that, “Whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” The ability to constantly worship in song–or at least be reminded of His presence, goodness, and Word–can bring about a desire to do all things for His glory. Lastly, all of this is an opportunity for evangelism, as Christian artists/stations do an abundance in their communities and for charities abroad. If anything else, one can never doubt the power of the Holy Spirit to interact with a lost soul through a song they heard on the radio while flipping through the stations.
On the flip side, I feel that as we make advances we must always remember to be in this world but not of this world (John 17:16). I obviously have a love for Christian music, but I become fearful when we begin to make the objectivity of our worship more directed at the artist or singer rather than the Creator. Christian radio, artists, and concerts can and are slowly looking more of the world. As stated before, they all do many good things for many good causes, while producing music that brings glory to Christ. However, some bands have a love for promoting themselves through marketing and ploys, while making a nice sum at regular concerts. Some songs can be slightly borderline when it comes to worship, and others simply put on a show so as to impress and attract. All the while, stations assist in making these things come to pass.
This post is somewhat simple and to the point. I openly admit that I don’t necessarily have an answer to the problem that I am presenting, if it is truly a problem at all. I do find great favor in the fact that Christian music is just that–music with the intention of worshiping the Savior, reminding us of the Savior, or simply having fun in reference to the Savior. I do believe that it assists in people’s daily walk and gives the option for listening to something that is a constant reminder of the faith rather than the junk of the world. That being said, I pray that all those affiliated with the Christian music scene give utmost regard to the utmost Creator in all that they do, remembering that they are fulfilling a calling, not obtaining a paycheck or a status of fame.
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