I’ve just started a series of posts over at Krown Media’s website looking at the issue of Christian music. Yeah, I know I’ve touched on this before but this is the deepest I’ve ever gone into that whole debate. The posts cover
- Should Christians be the most creative people on the planet?
- What is the main hinderance to good christian art?
- How do we define what is Christian art?
- How do we judge what good art is?
You can check out the first post here
As an appetiser here’s little fun exercise. Below are lyrical excerpts from 16 songs. Can you decide which are Christian songs? Sure you could just cheat and google them, but even if you do, how are you defining Christian music? An artist who is a Christian? Is everything a Christian makes, Christian art? Does it have to be Biblical? Explicitly Christian? Evangelistic?
Leave me your thoughts! And I’ll post the answers (or at least the song titles and artists) in a couple of days.
Let the fun begin!
1) You gotta let go and let God,
Sometimes from the get go you go hard
It’s like, the darker it gets, the brighter my light will shine
So regardless I’m loving this life of mine
2) When He rolls up His sleeves, He ain’t just putting on the ritz
There’s thunder in His footsteps and lightning in His fists
And the Lord wasn’t joking when He kicked ’em out of Eden
It wasn’t for no reason that He shed His blood
3) Then came a man before His feet he fell
Unclean said the leper and rang his bell
Felt the palm of a hand touch his head
Go now go now you’re a new man instead
4) I saw a man with tat on his big fat belly
It wiggled around like marmalade jelly
It took me a while to catch what it said
Cause I had to match the rhythm of his belly with my head
‘Jesus Saves’ is what it raved in a typical tattoo green
He stood on a box in the middle of the city
And claimed he had a dream
5) I’m not f***ing around,
I’m not f***ing around,
I’m not f***ing around,
I’m not f***ing around…
6) Help me carry on,
Assure me it’s OK
To use my heart and not my eyes
To navigate the darkness.
7) I ain’t here to argue about his facial features,
But here to convert atheists into believers
I’m just trying to say the way school need teachers
The way Kathie Lee needed Regis that’s the way I need Jesus
So here go my single, dog, radio needs this
They say you can rap about anything except for Jesus
That means guns, sex, lies, video tapes
But if I talk about God my record won’t get played?
8) At the temple of the Incas
There’s fountain flowing cheese dip
Then they smuggled it to Texas
Then they tricked us with the free chips
It’s mind control in a salsa bowl
I’m not even sure I remember how I got here
9) Oh, satan is an evil charmer (shut de dó, keep out the debil)
He’s hungry for a soul to hurt (shut de dó, keep the debil in de ni-eet)
And without your holy armor (shut de dó, keep out the debil)
He will eat you for dessert (shut de dó, keep the debil in de ni-eet)
10) Now let my people go, land of Goshen
Go I will be with thee, bush of fire
Blood running red and strong down the Nile
Plague, darkness three days long, hail to fire
11) Bring me my bow of burning gold!
Bring me my arrows of desire!
Bring me my spear! O clouds, unfold!
Bring me my chariot of fire!
12) Rod’s in the closet
A six shooter in hand
A caged up gorilla and three local bands
Fluently the parrot speaks
Six languages not known to men
A sixpence and a quarter
As the audience he scans
13) So warm inside
You open up so wide
You let me walk right into You
No dark, just light
Your love is undisguised
I know where I belong when I’m with You
14) Now that I know what I feel must be right
I’m here to show everybody the light
Give the word a chance to say
That the word is just the way
It’s the word I’m thinking of
And the only word is love
15) You can put all of my possessions here in Jesus’ name
Nail a sign on the door
Bright and early Sunday morning with my walking cane
I’m going up to see my Lord
16) I used to lie awake at night
And see your face on the ceilin’
What a great feelin’ I have
When I think of how you’re gonna get yours
At the end of the world