All Music Is Religious

13 Oct

Why is it that there is a “religious” rack in the music stores that is separate from everything else? There is Rock/Pop, Country, Rap/Hip-Hop, Jazz, Metal and Religious.  Yet, when I look at the Religious section, it looks a lot like the others.  I find rock bands, rappers, folk artists and pop singers.

Something is fishy here.

Why do the religious people get their own section in the store?  Why isn’t there a militant atheist section or an agnostics sale rack? I think we deserve some answers for this unfair treatment of religious music…

Okay, perhaps I’ve become a bit flippant, but I think there is a serious question that needs to be asked: If there is a religious section with rock, rap, metal and country, does that mean all the other CDs in the store are from non-religious bands/artists?

My answer: No.  All music is religious.

All music reveals what is in the hearts of the performers: that which they worship and yearn for most.  That might be God, or it might be partying, pick-up trucks, sex, power, freedom, or death.  From Metallica to Kanye West , Lady Gaga to Tim McGraw.  All music is religious. The lyrics, voices, performances and outfits are just a little different.

Tim Keller, in his book, Counterfeit Gods, confronts the fact that we all (musicians included) have idols which we hide in our hearts and worship in the things we say, do and think:

“To contemporary people the word idolatry conjures us pictures of primitive people bowing down before statues…Our contemporary society is not fundamentally different from these ancient ones.  Each culture is dominated by its own set of idols.  Each has its ‘priesthoods,’ its totems and rituals.  Each one has its shrings — whether office towers, spas and gyms, studios or stadiums — where sacrifices must be made in order to procure the blessings of the good life and ward off disaster.  What are the gods of beauty, power, money, and achievement but these same things that have assumed mythic proportions in our individual lives and in our society? (pg. xi-xii)”

The question becomes, what religion do we listen to, and receive as true?


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