The Resurrection of the Contemporary Christian Music Industry (Part 3– The Importance of Having the Correct Artistic Intentions)
In this post-modern era, we are submersed in a world of self-defeating systems. Reprobate minds across the world adopt beliefs that destroy themselves and the lives of those who believe them, saying things in their head like, “There is no absolute truth,” “Right and wrong is how you see it,” “Follow your heart,” “Have your best life now,” etc.
Many examples of this poisonous ideology can be seen manifested in almost every aspect of culture.
America’s educational system is deteriorating. High schools graduate seniors unequipped, not even having the slightest idea about what they want to do for their life year after year.
Employers in the work force don’t even contribute to most of their employees. The only sure way for the general public to get jobs now these days is through a temp agency, being an employee of a company that isn’t even owned by the one you’re assigned to work for.
The same is so with churches today. The gospel is twisted into a money-making scheme, over-emphasising the selfish visions of mortal men, subverting the supreme authority of God’s Word. Hillsong Church, world reknowned for their influence on contemporary Christian music. unfortunately has been following such a route.
Jeff Maples, from trusted ministry website “Pulpit & Pen” writes,
“Hillsong Church does not exist to preach the Word of God, and to draw people to Christ, bringing glory to His holy name–it exists to draw people to their music, making them money, and giving them power, and giving glory to their man-centered, man-built pseudo-spiritual empire.”
These should not be the intentions of a true contemporary christian artist. One can sing the right lyrics, one can make the “holiest” sounding music a human being could ever utter from his/or her fingers; but without the intention to glorify God and make known the actual truth of God’s Word in self denial and loving sacrifice, any effort in making music will be ultimately meaningless.
Stay tuned for the final part of this series next week. We will be talking about the most important thing every believer, including musicians must have to make their music worthwhile for God’s glory.