Christian Music Magazine
by Laura Morgan
There are many Christian Music Magazines out there but the top recognized magazine is Contemporary Christian Music Magazine or otherwise known as CCM. Another well know magazine is Christian Music Planet which has grown over the last few years. Christian Music has crept up in the charts over the last decade creating Christian Music in all different ranges such as, grunge, rap, contemporary, gospel, rock and so much more. In the Christian Music Magazine you can find who is the top artists singing praises for the divine Lord. The music is filled with the vocals touching every testimony to Christians in finding peace within the music.
What the Christian Music Magazines entails.
Christian Music Magazine focuses on the latest Christian entertainment news, album reviews, interviews, contests, opinions, upcoming release listings, chat, forums, and more. You can even shop there, it’s great! You have an entire community in any one of these magazines. They defiantly bring delight into your home when you’re sitting quietly on your couch updating yourself on who’s who! Grab yourself a cup of hot cocoa and indulge in the readings.
What Makes the Music "Christian Music"?
Is it the words within speaking only of Jesus and God? Or is it the message it spreads globally? Or possibly the attempt itself to recreate music with messages that actual do us good? It is an account of all of these combined.
I was reading a article on this topic and I was sad to find the following below to be true. Truly depressing. Here is what I read:
“Sadly, much of what goes by the name CHRISTian Music today is NOT CHRISTian. It does NOT testify, praise or sing about the Lord Jesus Christ. In fact, a great deal of it does not even mention the Lord Jesus Christ. Much of today's Christian Music goes out it's way to avoid the name of Jesus Christ – or any Christian content whatsoever.
Here are a few examples.
"What we're trying to do is take Christian principles and make them understandable. Even if it doesn't say Jesus, it doesn't matter. . ." (Rolling Stone, June 6, 1985 p 10)
"I'm really sick of all this heavy-handed Christianity. Musicians take themselves too seriously. They should have more FUN, and they should stop preaching unless that's what God has called them to. If I want to hear a sermon, I'll go to church, thank you." (CCM magazine, April, 1987, p. 12)
Michael W. Smith
Here's what a secular reporter in the Birmingham News wrote after watching a Michael W. Smith concert:
"If you weren’t familiar with Michael W. Smith’s standing in the world of contemporary Christian music, you might attend one of his concerts and come out none the wiser." (The Birmingham News, Feb. 12, 1993 p. 5c)
- Michael W. Smith's album, Change Your World, has 2819 words — Jesus occurs — ZERO!
- Michael W. Smith's album, I’ll Lead You Home, has 2046 words — Jesus occurs — ZERO!
- Michael W. Smith's album, Live the Life, has over 1100 words — Jesus occurs — you guessed it — ZERO!
Now do I believe that these particular artists are not faithful Christian singers? No, I believe that they are misguided by the music industry to do whatever it takes to make it to the top, even if that means not being true to who they are. It is sad. The entire music industry runs this way, along side clothing lines, fashion, relationship status, and so on.
I will continue to listen to Christian Music, and subscribe to the many Christian Music Magazines that are out there. It fulfills you, keeps you updated, and humble. The power behind music is enormous. And as long as there are these magazines offering me a single message within its content, I will read. I will learn. I will and take those messages with me, because the intent for Christian Music Magazine is to support and praise the Lord through his music from the voices of his children glorifying him.