Should Christian radio stations play artists whom are not overtly Christian in their approaches to music?
In my daily quest to solicit radio stations to play my latest release, I visit a very wide range of philosophies. Some radio stations requests lyrics, others only want charting popularity.
Chris Daughtry received airplay on Christian stations with “Home” and “Crashed.” Both songs contained lyrics which reflect Christian values. However, not all radio stations will not play an artist who does not openly commit to the title of “Christian artist.”
Although I could not find anywhere on Chris’s Website where he openly confesses Christianity, he makes a very interesting comment… “A lot of the lyrics are about how leaps of faith can set us free or tie us down, and realizing that we often find heartache when we run from something and redemption when we run toward something.”
Creed is another band which is very similar with songs like “My Sacrifice” could be interpreted as Christian lyrics.
I appreciate good lyrics, however, should these bands receive Christian radio airplay? Most radio stations do not add many new artists each week. Therefore each slot one of these bands receive from a Christian station excludes an individual or group which specifically define themselves as Christian artists.
I will not attempt to judge the hearts of any of these artists. I’ve met some Christian artists who I question their true intentions. Christian record companies are always concerned about artists who utilize covert lyrics and portray themselves as Christian artists hoping to use a Christian label as a stepping stone.
Furthermore, does allowing secular artist to penetrate Christian radio, lure listeners to secular music?
In country music the popular “Jesus Take The Wheel” by Carrie Underwood is another pertinent example. An “American Idol” alum like Daughtry, Underwood is not defined a Christian artist. The lyrics nonetheless are openly Christian and reflect Christian values.
For those who have a secular genre and would like to discover similar music JesusFreakHideout.com has an artist database which will display bands which relate to your favorite genre.
I have mixed feelings about secular musicians receiving airplay on Christian stations. I think if the artist is distancing themselves from Christ, then it is an issue. However, if it causes others to reflect on Christ, does it matter the source?
As Christians we already have a committed relationship with Christ and enjoy the interpretation. I don’t think that lyrics alone of secular bands will lead someone to Christ. I will sometimes play a song like “My Sacrifice,” only to plant a seed. Perhaps the next time someone in my audience hears the song, they will think of Christ.
I believe taking the lyrics of secular bands at face value is religion in mediocrity.
For me, it follows the same philosophy as people who believe that just being a “good person” will lead them to heaven.
Christ does not like lukewarm, as is illustrated Revelation 3:16. Christ wants the entire commitment. Christ was either a lunatic or the Son of God … there is nothing in between. We cannot follow or praise him half way.
Music is very subjective, follow Christ first and foremost, and you will find reflections of Him in much more than just music!