A person on Facebook shared a link to a two year old blog post about The Problem with the Christian Music Industry. You know how it goes: someone posts something about Christianity and, even if they happen to update it with how their views have changed, it’s forever viral if it’s a conservative viewpoint.
Anyway, I’m posting my comment here because I feel like my comment really explained and depicted my feelings about Christianity as a religion well, and this could also be used for reference later should the need arise. I may edit it, however, as time goes on to fit my present views as time continues to change and I continue to grow. Edits will have either footnotes or strikes through the text, or both.
I really feel like this is merely a conservative point of view. Sure, some of the people in the industry give off the impression that they use Christianity as a way to make money. However, you don’t necessarily know each and every artist’s true thoughts, now do you? To say the things you have said in this post is like saying the same of divorce and children disobeying their parents. People could say the same thing about Christian authors and speakers. Or about Christian blogs that display ads. How does your Christian blog with ads make you any different from a CD in the music industry? How does your Christian speaker status make you any different from an artist’s music industry status? How do your claims not display as hypocritical considering you’re doing something similar? How does your point of view on the screamo and rock music define what the rest of the world should see it as? Where you find rocks to be hard and stubborn, another will find it to be delicate and gentle. It’s all about perspective and environment and how one views things.
In other words, just because you say it’s so doesn’t mean that it is, indeed, so. You’re not looking at the bigger picture, just the single puzzle piece. For all you know, that screamo music is the way a person found God and decided follow in Jesus’ footsteps. Rather than being judgmental and acting like a God, why not think about others’ points of views of things using the rock metaphor and try to visualize and feel it from a different angle? Think outside of the box; not everything is the way it may seem at first glance, or even from a one-sided glance. Don’t knock it down
before when you don’t know or understand the other parts of it.
Something Christian speakers never seem to understand (except for one I’ve witnessed in my lifetime) is that it isn’t their place — or anyone’s place — to judge others. It’s just not. You can teach, but be careful of your perspective because your perspective is just that: your perspective. It’s your mere interpretation of what you have been taught. This kind of thing is what made me want to completely leave the religion recently, or within the past couple of years, but then I realized that it’s not necessarily the religion, but the people who are in it. It’s the people who feel the need to label and dissect everything, therefore spending more time doing that than actually living and following Christ. That’s partially why I despise church these days and also why I really avoid talking about the ways of the Lord anymore. Although not directly, this is another form of the hate I avoid, but something in me urged that I share my perspective of things. Rather than teaching and doing hate, why not try tolerance and loving? It’s not our place to judge or define or point out what one or another is doing wrong — it’s our place to “love thy neighbor”, or at least it was
in when I attended Sunday school class as a child. And if that has changed, that’s a new problem within itself. We are not God; we’re supposed to follow, not declare.
I do, however, respect your confidence to have posted this as an open-ended blog post; it takes a lot of courage to post blog posts with comments on.
I don’t think he’ll reply; Christian bloggers who market their blog with advertisements are usually much too busy to reply.[1. What? He got stereotypical, so might as well.]
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Being judgmental is just being a jerk, if I’m right. I’m pretty sure that a benevolent God is supposed to have endless mercy and compassion. So far, the only time I think it is okay to be judgmental is when someone is doing something bad, knows it, thinks that it’s bad, has the ability to stop, and chooses not to. But then again, I haven’t read the Bible. I’m sure that I wouldn’t agree with a good chunk of it, though, especially if I take it literally.
I went to an Easter sermon once (my friend was getting baptized, so I went to support her), and all the Church’s new members came out and told everyone how “they found God”. There is more than one way to find God, and if screamo music be it, then so be it!
that article is tl;dr, but I agree with your points.
I also really dislike how so many Christians write off ALL secular music as being the worst, and if you’re listening to secular music, it’s a sin. No it’s not? Some is pretty bad, but you could say that about anything.
I honestly don’t know where to begin, but I’ll try to draft a coherent response.
You have this dilemma regarding your affiliation with the religion because you’re not all too happy about how “Christians in general” have the holier-than-thou attitude when viewing [and thus judging] others. However, that does not prevent you from wanting to still follow religion because Christianity does preach quite a few progressive principles.
Now, I’m not going to argue about cherry-picking because you’re analytical enough to not blindly endorse the Bible. However, the way I view many principles [good or bad] is that they overlap with many philosophical ideals and even other [much older] religions.
For this reason, you can technically renounce your religion and still follow Christian teaching. The only thing now is that these principles are not exclusively a Christian thing. That’s what a lot of people fail to grasp. No religion holds patent/copyright over any moral codes. And we’re only talking about the established ones that still live on here.
Needless to say, everyone else who have the audacity to judge others are not true followers. They’re just fans. Bill Maher takes this to extreme, but he makes a good point regarding Christians who feel like they have the right to pass judgments. Here’s the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TNh5lcKkrEA
Although I am a Christian, I grew up in a Christian family and I listen to Christian music, well mostly music composed by Louie Giglio/Chris Tomlin, I found this blog post to be very accurate and very true.
Sometimes when I go to Church, I feel like I am alone, like an outsider. No one really takes note of my absences at church, especially my very close friends at church. Like I have been missing 1 month+ of church due to school and whatnot. None of them asks where I am or any of that. It’s such a bad feeling to have. And then, when I do go to Church, I feel like I am wasting my time or not being a “good enough” Christian since I rarely do the things they say to do.. =.=