A person on Facebook shared a link to a two year old blog post about The Problem with the Christian Music Industry. You know how it goes: someone posts something about Christianity and, even if they happen to update it with how their views have changed, it’s forever viral if it’s a conservative viewpoint.
Anyway, I’m posting my comment here because I feel like my comment really explained and depicted my feelings about Christianity as a religion well, and this could also be used for reference later should the need arise. I may edit it, however, as time goes on to fit my present views as time continues to change and I continue to grow. Edits will have either footnotes or strikes through the text, or both.
I really feel like this is merely a conservative point of view. Sure, some of the people in the industry give off the impression that they use Christianity as a way to make money. However, you don’t necessarily know each and every artist’s true thoughts, now do you? To say the things you have said in this post is like saying the same of divorce and children disobeying their parents. People could say the same thing about Christian authors and speakers. Or about Christian blogs that display ads. How does your Christian blog with ads make you any different from a CD in the music industry? How does your Christian speaker status make you any different from an artist’s music industry status? How do your claims not display as hypocritical considering you’re doing something similar? How does your point of view on the screamo and rock music define what the rest of the world should see it as? Where you find rocks to be hard and stubborn, another will find it to be delicate and gentle. It’s all about perspective and environment and how one views things.
In other words, just because you say it’s so doesn’t mean that it is, indeed, so. You’re not looking at the bigger picture, just the single puzzle piece. For all you know, that screamo music is the way a person found God and decided follow in Jesus’ footsteps. Rather than being judgmental and acting like a God, why not think about others’ points of views of things using the rock metaphor and try to visualize and feel it from a different angle? Think outside of the box; not everything is the way it may seem at first glance, or even from a one-sided glance. Don’t knock it down
before when you don’t know or understand the other parts of it.
Something Christian speakers never seem to understand (except for one I’ve witnessed in my lifetime) is that it isn’t their place — or anyone’s place — to judge others. It’s just not. You can teach, but be careful of your perspective because your perspective is just that: your perspective. It’s your mere interpretation of what you have been taught. This kind of thing is what made me want to completely leave the religion recently, or within the past couple of years, but then I realized that it’s not necessarily the religion, but the people who are in it. It’s the people who feel the need to label and dissect everything, therefore spending more time doing that than actually living and following Christ. That’s partially why I despise church these days and also why I really avoid talking about the ways of the Lord anymore. Although not directly, this is another form of the hate I avoid, but something in me urged that I share my perspective of things. Rather than teaching and doing hate, why not try tolerance and loving? It’s not our place to judge or define or point out what one or another is doing wrong — it’s our place to “love thy neighbor”, or at least it was
in when I attended Sunday school class as a child. And if that has changed, that’s a new problem within itself. We are not God; we’re supposed to follow, not declare.
I do, however, respect your confidence to have posted this as an open-ended blog post; it takes a lot of courage to post blog posts with comments on.
I don’t think he’ll reply; Christian bloggers who market their blog with advertisements are usually much too busy to reply.1
- What? He got stereotypical, so might as well. ↩