Anyone who knows me at all knows that I have a well defined gag reflex when it comes to your standard contemporary Christian radio. I mean camp songs were great and a big part of my life when I was in high school and had those Kumbaya moments with friends around the campfire, but those days are now far and few in-between for me.
When we are on a road trip inevitably I will scan through the radio stations hopping for some good tunes and if I happen to land on a Christian Radio station it doesn’t take but a few seconds to recognize it as such. Not because they are clearly proclaiming the Gospel but because the music just plain sucks. While I may wish this wasn’t so I do give thanks to God that it is easy to turn the station and find some true Rock n Roll to corrupt my children with.
All this has led to some problems for me of course. Being a pastor and all, people assume I know these contemporary Christian artists, which of course I don’t. I used to pretend like I did, I wanted to fit in. I even bought a few albums from one I was told was the exception to the rule, but the music always seemed to be missing something and in the end got filed in the “lame” basket. A friend of mine shared this clip of Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins on God and Rock and Christian Rock, it’s worth a watch:
And then watch the master. Johnny Cash covering a Nine Inch Nails song: