I’ll admit it.  I like some pretty weird music.  I got caught up in the boy band craze at one point in my life.  My dad made me a huge fan of Dr. Hook and the Medicine Men.  And, of course, being from southeastern Kentucky, I love country music.

More recently, I have begun to weave more and more contemporary Christian music into my playlist.  But as I have discussed it with some of my friends, I have seen some resistance on their part to make the transition.  They claim that many Christian artists simply aren’t as talented as mainstream musicians.  They have a hard time enjoying the variety as they believe the song themes are all the same.

I have heard similar complaints about Christian movies.  As the folks at Sherwood Pictures (Flywheel, Facing the Giants, Fireproof, Courageous) continue to gain momentum, I still hear people talking trash about their films.  They say the scenarios are too far-fetched or that the acting is unwatchable.

I will admit that some of the complaints I hear about Christian movies and music are valid.  There may some questionable acting and some repetitive song lyrics.  The production quality on either side may not be at the level you would expect from secular entertainment companies.  But that is not always the case.  In fact, I believe that the Christian entertainment industry continues to bridge the gap between its quality and that of secular production.

But even if it is not your cup of tea, or there is a noticeable difference in quality, is that really a reason to be negative about it?  Are these folks not using their God-given talents for His glory?  Is the industry not based on spreading the gospel?  Isn’t that what we are all called to do with our talents?

Look, if you can’t watch a Spirit-filled inspirational film and allow God to speak to you through it because one of the characters over-annunciates, you may need to check your priorities.  If you refuse to purchase music from a Christian artist because they are not on a top-tier label, you might want to take a moment and consider who gave you that money in the first place.

Watch what you want to watch, and listen to what you want to hear.  I am just saying that, if your relationship with God is your number one priority and you will do anything to see people come to know Him, your petty entertainment standards should not get in the way of you supporting entertainment ministries.  If you profess to follow Christ, put your money where your mouth is and support your fellow believers that are using their talents to advance His kingdom.  Don’t you expect others to do the same for your ministries?

Kevin Slemp
9/14/2012 01:45:22 am

Amen! Actually, I think the Christian band Switchfoot is as good as any out there. Tobymac is amazing too.


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