I just recently started listening to Christian radio. Well, I take that back. When I lived in Dallas, I listened to Power FM, but that’s not really the same as what I listen to now because they played hard rock Christian music.
What I’m talking about is the pretty standard cookie cutter Christian radio station. I never listened because I thought the music was just… bad.
But lately all of the other stations are really turning me off. The pop style (can you say auto-tune?) is just not my style, and even when I enjoy the sound of a song, the lyrics remind me of a broken and hurting world. Which I guess can also be a good thing. But it wasn’t in that way that I was hearing it.
So I decided to start listening to a new Christian station in town. I thought maybe it was my turning 30 this year or having kids, but maybe it was a call of the Spirit – to more align my thoughts with the thoughts of God.
The problem is – not all songs played on this (and the other Christian stations) actually reflect God’s heart. That is, the lyrics are not always Biblical.
For example, I was listening to a song today, and one of the first verses is
Still you call me to walk
On the edge of this world
To spread my dreams and fly
Being called to walk on the edge of this world is Biblical (John 17:6 and John 17:18). Spreading my dreams and flying? I don’t believe I’ve seen that in the Bible. In fact, I think I have seen the opposite:
Then he said to them all, “If anyone wants to become my follower, he must deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow me.” (Luke 9:23, NETBible)
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. (Matthew 28:19-20, NETBible)
These direct commands from Jesus do not sound like spreading my dreams and flying. It sounds like I’m supposed to, by the power of the Spirit, align my will and my dreams with the will of our Lord – that every one of His children would turn to Him in faith.
Maybe you are a Christian and you spend time in God’s word. Maybe you grew up in church, and you know quite a bit about what’s in the Bible. If you do, you might be able to listen to Christian radio and discern which messages are Biblical and which ones are not.
But you know what? The people I know who listen to Christian radio? They are not strong in the Bible. They might not even embrace Jesus as their savior. They listen to it because it is “encouraging, positive, God-centered”….
This worries me for them! I don’t want them to believe that what is on the Christian radio is the word of God – just like what I write here is not God’s word. I strive to handle God’s word very carefully, but what happens when I fail? What happens when songs that have a Christian bent are thought of as “gospel”?
God’s word is misaligned.
Can you help me out? If you can think of a way we can combat this issue, add it to the comments below.