I was cleaning out my bookmarks this afternoon and I found this article. In it, the author writes about the CCM (Contemporary Christian Movement) that has been prevalent in the Church for a few decades now. She writes about being raised as a Christian and her slow, steady conversion to secularism. Here are her thoughts on the Church now (emphasis mine)-
When I finally stopped (calling myself a Christian), it wasn’t because being a believer made me uncool or outdated or freakish. It was because being a Christian no longer meant anything. It was a label to slap on my Facebook page, next to my music preferences. The gospel became just another product someone was trying to sell me, and a paltry one at that because the church isn’t Viacom: it doesn’t have a Department of Brand Strategy and Planning. Staying relevant in late consumer capitalism requires highly sophisticated resources and the willingness to tailor your values to whatever your audience wants. In trying to compete in this market, the church has forfeited the one advantage it had in the game to attract disillusioned youth: authenticity. When it comes to intransigent values, the profit-driven world has zilch to offer. If Christian leaders weren’t so ashamed of those unvarnished values, they might have something more attractive than anything on today’s bleak moral market. In the meantime, they’ve lost one more kid to the competition.
It is incredibly worth reading the whole post. I agree with her last point, the Church needs to regain its authenticity. Many have lost sight of the Gospel being the true power of God for the salvation and discipleship of the lost. This means that we are honest with our sin and do well to glorify God in all things. When we do this, we are more able to effectively minister to those around us and save others (1 Timothy 4.16). But what about our music? Do we get rid of all our music and revert back into our corners, shying away from the world? No. Do we need to trash some of our music? YES!
This is a call to wisdom. Music is not the only area that the Church needs to improve in (in fact, it often becomes the unnecessary sticking point with Churches) but it can be a great tool. Let us ask ourselves: what honors God? Does our music actually put Jesus and His Gospel above all else? Is it clear that I am singing about God? And equally important, is my music edifying the Church that is in my context or am I attempting to save people through my singing? We are called to build one another up (and can even use songs, hymns, and spiritual songs!) so let’s do so in the love and grace of Christ.