I’ll be the first to admit it, I’m not as young as I used to be. Now, for those of you that are older than me and will read that statment and laugh at the 32 year old, hear me out. I know that as far as the world stands right now I’m pretty much right there in the middle of everything that’s going on. I’m a social networker. I obviously blog. I keep up pretty well with current events. There’s pretty much a “prime of my life” mentality overall. But I’m noticing a distinct change happening in my brain and it reminds me of my dad.
As I listen to music today I’m realizing that there’s just a lot of it that I’m either not getting or it’s just not my thing anymore. I find myself splitting my time musically between listening to new stuff and then reverting back to old music that I listened to when I was younger. I haven’t yet determined if that is because I’m getting older and “the stuff these kids are listening to today” isn’t really my cup of tea, or if it’s just a matter of fact that the music that is out today is just not really as good as it used to be. I find myself musically underwhelmed and verbally bored. And before you ask, yes, this pertains to both “Christian” and “secular” musical genres. I’ve listened to a few CDs already in this young year that will probably be up for some sort of musical awards this time next year that will either win because of the name associated with it or because of the lack of competition in their category.
Why am I saying this? Well, from a secular standpoint this totally makes sense. The world that we are living is currently and constantly deteriorating and so it the music reflects that. However, from a Christian standpoint we serve an ever-living, ever-loving God that is continuing to do a mighty work in our lives and the lives of His people. Shouldn’t our music reflect that as well? I know I’ve mentioned this before, but I will ask the question again. Should we be setting new trends or just following the ones laid out by the world? I think now more than ever the Church is poised to take a huge stand in creating music that is cutting edge, at the forefront of a movement that speaks truth. There are some out there doing it and doing it well that are FINALLY starting to get some recognition, but I believe that now needs to translate to the mainstream CCM that we listen to and use in our churches.
I speak from the heart of a worship pastor whose job it is to lead the people that set foot in our church in a relevant, authentic worship experience and is finding it a little bit harder than normal to pull that off lately. Maybe I’m a little jaded and cynical, but that’s why I present these arguments to you and ask you to share your thoughts. I’d love to hear what you have to say. I think that maybe I’ll have a Google+ hangout or a video chat or something about this. Let me see what I can do about that. In the mean time, this is my medium and I ask you to share your thoughts about it.