Something that's been on my mind since graduating from LDI (Leadership Development Institute) at Hope Community Church, is incorporating songs of worship that people, like believers, normally wouldn't think are songs that are "worshipful." Songs that make us think about our role in God's grand story like love, faith or lack of faith, the different ways that artists depict Christ, etc. We've performed three songs like this at Vespers called, “Dance In The Graveyards” by Gungor, “Come All You Weary” by Thrice, and “You Have Me” by Gungor. In that vein, and I might ruffle some feathers when I say this, but I charge anyone to find the phrase or term, "Christian music" in the Bible. It doesn't exist. It's our heart’s intention, the thoughts we think, the words that we sing or say, that give God worship. Every time I think of that, I think of Romans 12:1-2 which says,
I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
There's a lot of bad music out there made by musical artists who are Christian or claim to be Christian. It could be the lyrics, it could be repeating choruses simply to evoke emotion and nothing else, or it could be just plain and simple bad theology. God is so much bigger than we can possibly fathom. Do we think that God, who is omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent can't receive musical worship unless the lyrics are explicitly "Christian?" Folks, I implore to really think outside of the box and examine that just because a song has Jesus, Bible, or pray in it, doesn't necessarily mean it's a worship tune. God is so big that he will get glory from wherever God decides to get glory from. A lot of musical artists who aren't even Christian can incidentally give glory to God through their lyrics without even knowing it. Just some food for thought. If you would like to discuss this further with me, I would love to talk to you one-on-one. (Sidenote: at City on a Hill, we intentionally play songs that give honor to God's character and grace, Jesus' sacrifice, and the Holy Spirit's presence. That's done through a number of creative outlets like deep theologically sound lyrics, different rhythms and tempos, and different styles with diverse instrumentation.)