Christian music has been around, well really, forever because it is a creation of God. Throughout the Bible music is seen as an integral part of worship.
- Psalms 95:1 – O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.
- Colossians 3:16 – Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
- Ephesians 5:19 – Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;
- Psalms 33:3 – Sing unto him a new song; play skilfully with a loud noise.
Today Christian music is still an integral part of a church worship service. The only difference is the type of music used in the worship service which has slowly moved from hymns to contemporary Christian music. The crossover in churches from hymns to Contemporary Christian music has not come without a lot grumbling and and finger pointing. If your church is like many others there is a lot of disagreement among older believers over the sound of CCM and how it doesn’t fit in with the tone of the service.
Jamee Rae of Sharefaith.com states, “contemporary Christian music that brings God honor and focuses on Jesus has spiritual benefits, just as hymns do. In addition, worship with more modern music has proven to help retain Christian youth and resulted in the conversion of older unbelievers who relate to the sound and the lyrics.”
There are even some who go so far to say rock music i.e. Contemporary Christian music is the devils music and has no part in any church which was probably the same complaint many hymn writers heard centuries before when they set their lyrics to the music of the day. Also to call any music the devil’s music is wrong because as we all know God created all things.
If you’ve forgotten that fact Colossians 1:16 is a reminder,”For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him,” including music of all kinds. God will use what he wants to deliver his message that is evident throughout the bible, where he even uses non-believers to deliver his message.
In any lyrical musical style the lyrics are the heart of the song the music and vocals are how the lyrics are delivered. Which once again points back to the heart of the artist who performs the song. As in all things in life is up to each and every believer to pray and use discernment in choosing what to they do in every aspect of their lives including listening to music.