Today’s music from the Christian genre is really good
Christian kids today have no idea how lucky they are.
Back in my day, we had to walk uphill in the snow both ways just to find decent Christian music to listen to. Well, it didn’t always snow, but finding good music with a positive message was an uphill climb.
I remember having to special order Christian music I discovered on my own from the local Christian bookstore that carried about 20 cassette tapes in inventory at any given time.
If you have never gone on Youtube and searched for Sonseed’s “Jesus is my Friend,” you just don’t understand the struggle of early Christian “rock.”
There were some that were better than others. Michael W. Smith, Amy Grant, Petra and a few others put out some music you could listen to without wanting to smash your boombox, but there were a lot of bands out there that should have never left the garage.
Sonseed is an extreme example, but I owned The RapSures record. That is another fun Youtube search. Don’t miss “Jonah and the Whale” if you listen to the RapSures.
Our “concerts” were at venues like county fairs and bigger churches who had ample seating but sound systems and acoustics that were not even suitable for a piano and organ with one singer on a microphone.
After going to recent concerts with my 10-year-old son at Wichita’s Intrust Bank Arena featuring rappers like Derek Minor, Andy Mineo and Lecrae, it just isn’t fair. I have heard the mainstream rap acts and even if you get past the immoral messages and focus on the talent, none of those acts have anything on the rappers who steal verses right out of the Bible.
I love getting to take Blake to concerts like The Rock and Worship Roadshow and Winter Jam that he enjoys so much. I can’t wait for Dawit to be old enough to join in the fun.
Bands like Third Day, The Newsboys, Newsong and Skillet are so much better than what we had.
After seeing Skillet and The Newsboys live, I couldn’t help but laugh about 16-year-old Kent driving around with Stryper’s “To Hell With the Devil” blaring out the windows of my 1978 Plymouth Fury. It was probably obnoxious, but I felt like a missionary in the deserts of Africa because I was bringing Christian music to my friends and neighbors.
At the time, they were probably thinking, “Thanks, but no thanks.”
But today’s music from the Christian genre is really good.
I’m worried, though.
What am I going to do when dad getting great seats and going to a concert with them isn’t the coolest thing in the world to my boys? It won’t be long until the same boys who cling to me now will go through the normal process of becoming independent young men.
That thought doesn’t bother me so much. What bothers me is not having a good excuse to get floor seats to awesome concerts.
I better enjoy this while it lasts.
After the boys lose interest in going to concerts with me, I may be relegated to driving around with the windows down again, this time blaring much better Christian music as a mobile music missionary.
Kent Bush is the publisher of the Butler County Times Gazette and can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org