Here’s something I began writing…well over a year ago. I meant to go further, but never got back to it. It’s complete enough as is.
Here’s my reasoning for listening to Contemporary Christian Music (CCM):
1) I like the sound of the music. The music appeals to me. I like band music and some solo artist stuff (though it sounds better when they use a BAND). I do not like country music, I do not like rap music. I do not like headbanger music, I do not like southern gospel music. Did I leave anything out?
2) I like the message, the reminders I hear in CCM. I’ve heard some people complain that they don’t or won’t listen to CCM because they do not believe all the songs to be theologically sound. I don’t care about that. I know what I believe and why I believe it. If a song doesn’t match my beliefs I’ll either ignore the whole thing or I’ll ignore the parts I don’t agree with and appreciate the rest of the song. If a song reminds me of one thing, say grace, love, hope, awe, then the song has done the trick for me.
3) It keeps my mind on the things of God. Plenty of things turn my thoughts aside throughout the day, but the music will help me regain my proper focus (if I let it).
4) I don’t like the messages I hear in secular music, for the most part. When I converted to Christian music, I tried going through my old CDs to find anything that wasn’t bad so that I could keep some of the sounds and voices that I liked. There weren’t any non-Christian CDs that didn’t have any objectionable material, and I only listened to “innocent” groups like Toad the Wet Sprocket, the Refreshments, Tonic, Bryan Adams, etc. Granted, if I had my CD burner back then I probably could have save a few songs, but no complete CDs. That’s just sad. There is no way I could justify listening to that filth. Music stays in my head a LONG time. I know that might not be profound, but I’m talking longer than most people I know. I heard the first few notes of a Bryan Adams song at Applebee’s the other day and immediately identified it though it has been over 5 YEARS since I heard any Bryan Adams. I don’t need to retain garbage in my head any longer than I already will.
It reminds me of this verse:
Phillipians 4:8–Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.