Voices of The Underground2 Pt.7

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Voices Of The Underground is a series that seeks to explore one question from many different angles. Every week, we will ask one question of many of your favorite music artists. We will post their responses below, and what you will find is that there is never truly one answer to every question, but instead a whole world of ideas that come from simple matters of taste, to deep held beliefs. Our hope is that through this series you are able to see past the promo pictures and the stage persona, and get to know the hearts of believers who are creating music every day.

Need to catch up?
Read Pt.1-What do you love about music?
Read Pt.2- What was your first musical experience?
Read Pt.3-What is your favorite/ultimate song?
Read Pt.4-What is the best live show you have ever seen?
Read Pt.5-If you hadn’t gotten into music, what would see yourself doing as a job?
Read Pt.6-Who is Jesus Christ to you?

Ever since we began this website, there has been a lot of common questions that we have run across. Many of them deal with rather or not bands and artists are “good ” or not, or if certain types of music can really be performed by artists of faith. The number one question we run into, and probably the most confusing and complex is the question we are asking our artists today. It may seem simple, but the answer never really is…

What Is Christian Music?

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May I quote again? This time from Steve Camp’s 107 Theses.
“Genuine Christian music has as its ultimate aim the glory of God. Anything less than this will at the end bear the fruit of self-glory and is music not honoring to the Lord.”
I heartily agree.

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It’s music that glorifies God and points people to Jesus.

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I try not to think of it that way. Kind of the way I try not to distinguish the difference between a Christian cello and a secular cello. Music is music. It has different messages of all sorts of spiritual meaning. I suppose its practical in some terms to point out that some spiritual music is about Jesus and others are not. But for the most part, my music is all very spiritual but isn’t always limited to being songs about Jesus dying on the cross. A lot of it is about struggle and joy and love and discovery. I don’t like when people tag all my songs Christian because I think anyone of any religion can relate to those subjects.

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I think Christians making music can be divided into 2 groups:
1)People who feel called to make music that encourages the church, and 2.) People who feel called to make music for everyone with an outreach heart. Both are equally important and necessary. To me, my faith is my lifestyle, not my genre of music. I will, and do share what’s on my heart in every bit the same way as someone in group 1, but would fall into group 2.

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Honestly, I don’t know. A Christian is someone who follows Christ. Music cant follow Christ, books cant follow Christ, so titles like “Christian music” or “Christian movie” etc… doesn’t really make sense to me. Music is an outpouring of who you are and what you love. I make music. Hip hop music. For the one I love, Christ. My music isn’t Christian music, its music that I write in hopes that what im passionate about and who I love, is displayed.

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Spirit-filled music that has a positive outlook to the rest of the world. To me, lyrical content is mainly the contrast factor. If the lyrical content is not the focus, it’s the passion in the music itself. Christian music is either to worship, learn, or grow spiritually.

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I don’t really think a note or a chord can be Christian, I would say the motive and inspiration behind it.

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I am not sure how to answer this question. To me “Christian” is not a genre of music, but a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. I am not too fond of the use of “Christian” to describe music. However, to most, Christian music is music that glorifies Christ, or has subject matter based on ones walk in faith.

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This is an interesting question. I suppose I could say Christian music is music with a purpose of glorifying God. But music in and of itself is glorifying to God. He created it. Music belongs to God. It’s an individual’s intentions and motives that are or aren’t glorifying to Him. Just the same as our lives. Life, in itself, is glorifying to God. It’s a testament to his creation. God created us. We belong to God. It’s what we decide to do with our lives that is or isn’t glorifying to Him. I hope that makes sense.

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Christian music is a ghetto where we put up protective walls to protect our children from what we see as bad influences in the world… not realizing that sin knows no bounds and has permeated the walls of our ghetto through lack of theological integrity and false ideas that the Christian life is always easy.
It started out with great intentions, but as with all thing made by the hands of men, it has fallen into a business. A very profitable one… which is why no one wants to cleanse it of it’s errors. After all, the things of God are not very profitable here on earth.

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Christian music should be a medium used to teach, challenge and encourage others to be like Christ.

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Everyone has their opinions on Christian music, and most seem to be the same thing just using different words, but to me the idea of “Christian music” is music for the body of Christ. Which isn’t always a bad thing, but a lot of the time it becomes a poor imitation of secular art in an attempt to somehow seem cool enough to convince people being a Christian is hip and cool. So I guess, like everyone else, I just dislike the term, but think there are a lot of amazing bands who use their art to show people Christ, or to simply speak to the human condition that affects all of us-Christian or not. I mean, Christ’s invitation to salvation was in exclusive, it was for everyone. That’s why I grow weary of the Christian label.

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Well, that is an interesting question. I’ve felt at times that it is unfortunate that we have to have a separate genre for “Christian” music. In the mainstream music world – “Christian” music means “sub par / lame” music. This is unfortunate, because I have no desire to be involved in “sub-par / cheesy / lame” music. I would rather like to see many of the bands that I love that are involved in Christian music be able to play alongside mainstream artists. I feel that we can do this if our art is communicated in an honest way. Unfortunately, lots of times Christian music comes off feeling contrived. So, I think that’s part of the reason that we have been boxed into a corner where we can be labeled “Christian” music.

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I would define Christian music as music that is written to spread the word/love of Jesus Christ. That’s really what it should be I think. After all isn’t that what being a Christian means?

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It’s been said a lot recently, maybe too much, that “Christian” is a great noun and a poor adjective. I think there’s some truth in that, but I also recognize the power of “Christian music” as a great way to spread the Gospel. I’m living proof of that… thank you Zao. I think the problem has become that Christians tend to either listen exclusively to faith-based music, creating a bubble that isn’t informed about the artistic gestures being made in the secular realm, or embrace secular music entirely, mostly because a good bit of the “Christian music” out there just isn’t that good. It’s a balancing act and I hope more people take up the challenge to be both artistically innovative (across all boundaries) while still proclaiming Truth in honest and interesting ways.

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I’m not sure. I think it’s any music by a Christian, and also music about God that isn’t made by Christians. There are people in my group that aren’t Christians who sing songs about God.

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Christian music is scary. Anything that is prefaced with that label is scary if they can’t back it up. Which seems to happen a lot. But mostly its strange to label any inanimate object with a label that pertains to the soul. Music can’t be a Christian, a painting can’t be a Christian. I am a Christian so does that mean that everything I do or own should be labeled christian? This is my christian tooth brush and that’s my Christian bass guitar. Also being labeled as a Christian must mean that this music is only for Christians. This is not true. We make music for everyone.

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