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The role of the Christian artist in the secular world

With increasing numbers bands that are Christian are being received by the secular world. It wasn't long ago when people mentioned Christian music that it caused a shudder because it was an embarrassing state of affairs. Read the full article: Article Published at Next-Wave (images broke) see it at Kaleo Church The role of the Christian artist in the secular world

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  1. I read you article at theooze.com and really like it as I’d never someone describe the role of Christian musicians at the same time the prescriptivness of that notion battle’s with my post-modern thinking. I did think you made really good points that made sense and agreed with them but also had nagging questions and doubt about some of those same points.

    If being a prophet means isolation and rejection from the word and so thus being a prophetic musician means being isolated (although only to the secular world often) and rejected IE not selling records to non-Christians blah blah blah. How does this fit with our prophetic image of Jesus a man who was never short of attention or people wanting to hear his message? A prophet who was constantly followed and surrounded by people. Although admittedly killed by same people.

    Also as much as a unrepentant world hates the message of the cross. Lonely people love the message of Jesus who loves them and came to earth to build relationship with them. Oppressed people love the message of Jesus the liberator and the ultimate fair judge.

    How many truly prophetic musicians are there out there if being a prophet means isolation and rejection when often being a Christian band just means actually just being isolated from the rest of the world but a short cut to being local churches next superstar.
    How many bands actually have the prophetic edge that make us Christians uncomfortable and reject them (the only one that comes to mind instantly is U2) not just the outside world.
    Also how many “prophetic musicians” are actually communicating prophetically to the non-Christian world instead of throwing portions of the bible at a people who don’t understand it? And so just buttering up the established Christian community with inward looking feel good hits instead of missional focused communication of the message of God to a world that needs him.

  2. Thanks for your feedback and comment.

    “How does this fit with our prophetic image of Jesus a man who was never short of attention or people wanting to hear his message? A prophet who was constantly followed and surrounded by people. Although admittedly killed by same people.”

    Most important Jesus performed miracles. If I heard someone turning water into wine, healing the sick, giving sight to the blind, etc. I might go check this out. This doesn’t mean that I’d believe (or buy his album). Read John chapter 6. This “prophet” starts with thousands of followers but by the end of the chapter the 12 disciples would have left him if they could.

    Second, lonely people love the message? Oppressed people love the message? Sure some of them, by God’s Spirit do but most think the message of the cross is foolishness. They may like ideas of community or social action but this doesn’t mean they want a God who reveals their sin and makes them bend a knee in obedience to acknowledge their need of a savior.

    U2 to me isn’t a prophet but primarily poet/philosopher. I’ve heard some think his song about one coming in the name of love was Jesus but it isn’t.

  3. Thanks for your article , I am a christian as well ,full time musician and educator who believes that God puts us in a spot where we could acknowledge Him and proclaim His name ,we should be the salt in the earth ,by standing on the word of God ,feel free to send me encourage letters of support My coal is to use my talent , to support missionaries .thank you sincerely keep me in your prayers .Frankie

  4. This might be a topic that we would like to extend on our forum about it, would you like to participate?

  5. Thank You for your article , I am a christian musician in training and this certainly has given me concepts to consider in my journey . CHRISTIAN MUSICIAN ..
    . SAMPA

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