Being held to a higher standard?

 

Well this is an older article of mine that I wrote But since I am on my way to Soul Fest tomorrow morning here is my tribute to the Christian music industry enjoy… 

Holding “Christian” artists to a higher standard
Sep 21 2005 15:09
Something I have noticed in the Christian music industry is how gullible and dumb most of the fans are. Now here me out before you get mad and disagree. Also hear me out before you get happy and strongly agree with that statement.

If your not a Christian, or if you are and your just not acquainted with the Christian industry then let me explain something. As Christians we like to feel like we have examples to look up to that never do wrong. Fans of Christian bands hold them up to this high standard and ask questions when meeting the band such as, “how are you doing in your spiritual life?” or “what are you struggling with?”

Because we hold these guys up to such a high standard when Christians hear a member of a band swear or say something or do something that perhaps the person doesn’t think is “Godly” then the person gets disappointed and tells all their friends how much of a heathen that band is.

These kinds of standards is what drives good bands such as stavesacre, mxpx, P.O.D. Switchfoot etc away from the Christian music scene.

Just because someone has faith in God and calls themselves a Christian does this mean that they have to be perfect in everything they do? They have bad days, trials and misery just like the rest of us living our daily lives.

Now to my thesis statement. I made that statement because most fans of the industry will just automatically assume that a band is Christian if CCM or a Christian record label says they are. People that have the boldness to say that DC Talk is all Christians but MxPx isn’t just because of their label status are shallow minded. Does a band being on a label make them anymore than they are? Just because DC Talk says Jesus 5 times in their songs does that make them more spiritual than Mxpx?

Something to think about. Don’t follow blindly into the Christian music industry. Why? because that’s what it is, an industry. Like it or not your beloved Christian record labels are about making money. Not a ministry as we would like to think. Despite what we think we know, these labels we call Christian labels are mostly owned by Secular company’s such as cbs sony etc. Do you think CBS cares about the ministry objectives of a band? Ill let you answer that one.

Christian music USED and I stress USED to be a ministry. Being at a Christian festival is now no different from secular ones minus drugs alchohol and anti abortion shirts.

To say that you think the Christian music world is purely ministry in the eyes of all involved is lying to yourself. Pure example…….the dove awards

I hope you think about what I said and the next time you are about to pass judgement on a band saying “their jerks” or whatever else people say about them…remember there just like you.

I will leave you with some lyrics about this subject by a band called emery.
“Listening To Freddy Mercury”

Every once in a while I think I’m lying.
Take it to the bank. I believe every word I say.
(This just isn’t how, this just isn’t how)
Then again this is when you start your prying.
(This just isn’t how, this just isn’t how)
But there’s a thought it could be true.
But this just isn’t how I imagined it would be.
With these random people just asking the most personal things.
And to think that somehow I could always come clean.
And you shake your head just like you know what I mean.

You’re a Christian tell the sinner find repentance it’s your last chance.
You believer, where’s your patience?
Answer questions, put on faces.
What about God? For you and for me.

All have fallen short (To see if it’s right or wrong to listen to this song.
I don’t want you too. To see if you’re okay with all the words I say.
It can’t be this way)

Somehow, someone is more equal than others.
Depending on the words we choose to say.
A glance at her too long tonight.
But everything I am saying is right in your ears.

We are all the sisters and the brothers.
Until we find we don’t believe the same, like…

Gary is getting drunk to forget Sarah.
Sarah is stealing money from her parents.
Aaron is lying straight to Jon.
About Megan and the things that went on.
Jessica is a gossip, Laura is a slut.
Derrick hits Bridget and Ben deals drugs.
Seth spends all his money gambling.
Joey stopped praying.

It’s all the same.
We are all the same people.
With sinning hearts that make us equal.

Here is my hand, not words said desperately.
It is not our job to make anyone believe.

any questions or comments hit me with them

Justin

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2 responses to “Being held to a higher standard?

  1. just wandering around this thing we call the internet and came across your blog. this one stuck out to me because its a something I well….argue with people about most. In today’s music culture, the divide is becoming less and less as bands go more into the mainstream and try and stay away from the stigma that comes with being labeled a “christian artist” but does that make them any less a chrisitan and what they write any less influenced by their personal relationship with Christ? my answer would be no, other I guess would disagree. We can’t really know the hearts of any of the people who are in any band from a christian one to a secular one. The only one who does is them and God.

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