By Jay R. Howard
Apostles of Rock is the 1st aim, finished exam of the modern Christian track phenomenon. a few see CCM performers as ministers or musical missionaries, whereas others outline them as entertainers or artists. This renowned musical stream in actual fact conjures up various responses in regards to the dating among Christ and tradition. The ensuing tensions have splintered the style and given upward thrust to false impression, clash, and an obsessive specialize in self-examination. As Christian stars Amy supply, Michael W. Smith, DC speak, and Sixpence None the Richer climb the mainstream charts, Jay Howard and John Streck discuss CCM as a major move and convey how this musical style pertains to a bigger pop culture. They map the realm of CCM by means of bringing jointly the views of the folks who practice, examine, industry, and hear this song. via reading CCM lyrics, interviews, performances, websites, and chat rooms, Howard and Streck discover the spiritual and aesthetic tensions in the CCM group. finally, the clash based round Christian song displays the fashionable non secular community's knowing of evangelicalism and the community's complicated courting with American pop culture.
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73 The Need to Legitimize CCM In the face of such overwhelming criticism, why did early Christian rock musicians bother? Why keep up the struggle when Christians and nonChristians alike are against you? The answer is not that there is a tremendous amount of money to be made in CCM or that CCM is an easy road to fame. Though some Christian artists have managed to extract fortune and fame from the genre, such artists are rare. For most, a contract with a Christian record label leads to little more than hard work, poverty, and obscurity.
Jesus Rock emerged as a means not only to present "the right questions" but also to offer the more strident answers evangelicalism demanded. It is at this point, then, that one must turn to Larry Norman. " The story is by now firmly embedded in CCM history: In April1968 the song "I Love You (But the Words Won't Come)" by the Bay Area band People reached number fourteen on the pop charts. The band was fronted by Larry Norman, a born-again Christian who, in pursuit of his desire "to alert people to the Truth in unorthodox ways," decided to title the band's first album, on which "I Love You" was to appear, We Need a Whole Lot More ofJesus and a Lot Less Rock and Roll.
Niebuhr concludes that there have been five primary strategies for relating Christ to culture. The first two-"Christ against culture" and "Christ of culture"-represent the opposite poles of the continuum, and the remaining three-"Christ above culture," "Christ and culture in paradox," and "Christ the transformer of culture"-attempt to establish centrist positions that avoid the "errors" of either extreme. The "Christ against culture" approach sees Christianity as opposed to culture, whatever the customs or achievements of the society in which the Christian is placed.