The Next Big Christian Praise Song

(See update at the bottom)

I’ve grown to be a little disappointed with some of what I hear on Christian radio these days. Don’t get me wrong, there are still some good songs. However, there are also songs that depict a deity very unlike the one we find in the pages of Scripture.

But the ones that do this seem to generate a great deal of buzz and the people/groups who sing them garner plenty of fans.

So…I decided to write the next big Christian praise song. I expect to either hear it or something like it on the radio very soon.

The Next Big Christian Praise Song lyrics:

Something not quite accurate about the love of God.
Something that’s not biblically true.
Something not quite accurate about the love of God;
To stir the emotions of me and you.

God’s love is bigger than something really big.
He’s never angry no matter what we do.
God’s love is bigger than something really big.
He only exists to bless me and you.

REPEAT (as many times as it takes to get people excited/enthralled)

Bridge:

Love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love
Love, love, love, love, love, love, love
Love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love
Love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love.

I hope everyone realizes this is satire. I also hope to never hear this on the radio.

May the songs that are similar to this become less popular as we seek to become more like Christ.

What is your favorite praise song? What is your favorite hymn? What do you think about my singing voice (you don’t really have to answer this one)?

**************************UPDATE*******************

Upon further review (and with thanks to the comment session), it may not be that there are a lot of terribly unbiblical Christian songs out  there now.

Instead, as I have looked at the lyrics of some of the more popular songs it seems as though they are similar in focus. What I mean is that if many of the songs are played back to back the listener would get the idea that God is one-dimensional. The songs focus a great deal on His love, which is a fine thing to focus  on. However, there are not as many that speak of His glory, wrath, majesty, justice, or any number of other things.

So, while the songs may not be bad in and of themselves, if several of them are listened to together it would be easy to overlook dimensions of God’s character and who He is.

Hope that makes this post clearer.

God Bless!

 

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23 thoughts on “The Next Big Christian Praise Song

  1. As far as hymns go, I like Come Thou Fount Of Every Blessing. I also like Be Thou My Vision. We don’t sing hymns at my church, so I may start having to download some for when I want to hear them. I don’t really ever remember the names of the praise and worship songs. I know that I spontaneously started singing one after a particular event happened last night after our normal Wednesday night hoopla. It was a very personal meeting with our elders that really turned into a worship event and I just felt like singing. I just don’t remember what song I sung.

  2. When will this be recorded? i want 5 copies and put my stamp of approval on the “I bless God so He will bless me” teaching. I’m so glad I serve a God who is always kind and is never jealous for my affections. i smell a Dove, or is that Dive Award down the road.

  3. I would be curious to see an actual example of what you think is current Christian song that misrepresents God and His love.

    It’s not that I don’t think they exist, or that everything on the radio is accurate because it is Christian.

    Can you site some examples? Publicly or privately?

    • Yes. It may take a little bit, though. I am not the best when it comes to song titles–especially if I am not a fan of the song.
      Really, though, this was more about where Christian music seems to be heading than anything if we aren’t careful.

      • I would agree that it is very easy to drift into a shallow understanding of “love.” We are certainly (as the church) guilty of having drifted directionless in the sea of “cheap grace” for a long time now.

        I’m refreshed at the new focus on discipleship. However, it seems to be at the precipice of falling into trendiness as opposed to actually being disciples.

        Knowledge puffs up but love builds up. I and many others have been made to be knowledgeable of Scripture without love. Knowledge without love doesn’t make a Christian. The separation of truth and meaning creates dead religious people with knowledge of a God they haven’t submitted to.

        • What you said about the separation of truth and meaning is probably one of the main causes of the problems that I see in music and in “church life” in general. We say good words at times that are somewhat meaningless or the meaning has been lost.

          As I think of some of the songs on my mind–part of the song might be good, but there is a line or two that is problematic which causes me to have a problem with the rest of the song.

  4. I have tried to avoid any comments on your post for obvious reasons. However, you have touched on something that I am very passionate about. In today’s world of Christianity we see the “Contemporary” churches and the “Blended” churches and pulling up the rear the “Conservative” churches. I belong to a church that is more of a cross between blended and conservative. Our pastors preach the “Word of God” that is void of errors. Words are not minced from our pulpit. It is what it is and the “Word of God” backs up everything that is preached. The songs are meant to lift up a High and Holy God in praise and Worship. Some of our churches across the land seems to have forgotten the Holiness of an Almighty God and this has poured over into the music of the day. There is nothing wrong with music that was written by Fanny Crosby or Horatio Spafford. I guess what I am trying to say is I personally feel that the newer music gets away from the “Blood”, the “Cross” and “Calvary” simply because it does not appear to feel good. What happened the day of the crucifixion is what needed to happen to bring us to the place we are today. It was His blood that cleansed us from our sins and too many times leadership wants to hide the blood and gory things of the Word. The reality is that if you don’t accept Christ you will spend eternity in Hell. Yes we serve a loving God but the same God will send you to Hell if you don’t accept Him.

  5. One of my favorite worship songs currently is Christ Is Enough by Hillsong Live. I get what you are saying with this post. Most Christians stations have some type of tagline like “safe for the whole family.” Because of that you won’t get any of God’s wrath. I like some Christian songs but tend to listen to bands that aren’t cheesy Christian. Just because you can rhyme Jesus is the best with the word yes doesn’t mean you should. Or something like that.

  6. I have so many “favorite” songs I can’t even begin to think of THE one right now. One hymn that has touched me deeply is “Nearer my God to Thee.” I want that kind of passion in knowing Him and His intimacy. As far as Christian music goes, I know what you mean. There were several things I held onto for a long time because I had heard them from songs in my youth that weren’t quite accurate. I was emotionally touched and I don’t know that it was the songwriter or singer’s intention, it could have been my misinterpretation–who knows. It’s another imperfect medium trying to describe infinite perfection. Hard stuff! Thanks Matt.

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