Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Repost: Can't we all just get along?

Cliff Note: This was originally posted on October 9, 2006. At the time, I was building my readership and I would place a link on message boards, such as the Radio-Info Contemporary Christian-Religious board. Those people didn't appreciate it when a non pro, such as myself. come on their board and gave an opinion contrary to theirs.

Cliff Note part 2: Recently, Kathy's Klavier had a post titled "Music and Christianity." She has posted several scriptures to go with it. I think that would be a worthwhile read if you haven't already seen it.

This post is directed toward all my Christian friends, and those that I have the privilege of posting with on the national message boards, Radio-Info and Radioinsight.

I have long wondered why one style of music is right and another is wrong when they both are used to glorify God?

A little bit about myself, at least as far as my walk with the Lord is concerned, I accepted Christ as my savior on June 6, 1980. Immediately before that I was going to a Southern Baptist church with my wife and her family. My wife's family is from West Virginia, and their favorite kind of worship music is Southern Gospel. I grew up in the Lutheran church, where they played mainly hymns, or traditional music.

Anyways, when I went to church we heard quartet music, and when the congregation sang, it was in four part harmony. Most were blissfully ignorant, and felt that that was most honoring to God.

Most of the people that went to church there were from the south and came to Northeast Ohio to get jobs at Ford, Chevy, Republic Steel, and the like. They brought their musical tastes with them.

Personally, I am as Northeast Ohio as the day is long. My parents and all my Grandparents were also from this neck of the woods. When I went to broadcast school, I wanted to be a big time rock and roll disc jockey. I had a ton of record albums at my house that you only heard on WMMS.

I met my wife in 1977 and as we were going together if I wanted to be with her on Sunday morning, Sunday night, or Wednesday night, I would be with her in church. The church was the afore mentioned Southern Baptist Church. Like everything else I've taken an interest in, I jumped in with both feet.

At the time there were three Christian radio stations in the immediate area-WSUM/1000AM in Parma, WTOF/98.1, Canton, and WCRF/103.3, Cleveland. WSUM and WTOF were owned by Mortensen Broadcasting. WSUM played contemporary music, WTOF played (Southern)Gospel music. I listened to both these stations when I could, and enjoyed such artists as Petra, Imperials, Cathederal Quartet, Kingsmen, Inspirations, Bill Gaither Trio among others. I was very diverse in my musical tastes. I always respected the people I now went to church with, and for the most part their music of choice was Gospel.

Being a "Buckeye" I've had debates with my father-in-law, who is a very good man, but the whole time I've known him has been very set in his ways. He didn't like contemporary music because it "sounded like rock-n-roll". I said that gospel sounded like country. He then corrected me by saying that country sounded like gospel(BTW, he doesn't own a computer).

Through the years I've been on both ends of the CCM vs. Southern Gospel debate. I can give solid arguments for both styles, and I also like hymns. They are all used to glorify God. If we give glory to the artist, then we've lost our focus.

Fast forward to 1996. WTOF was sold to Salem Broadcasting. They dropped most of the Gospel music, changed the calls to WHK-FM and was mainly a teaching/talk station. There was a minor uprising among church members and singers alike. I was told that station management toldd those that called to voice their displeasure that if they wanted Southern Gospel, start their own station. Salwem later relented, putting their "Solid Gospel" package on WHLO/640, until the station was sold to Clear Channel. In all fairness, a big money format it probably wasn't. The demo was aging and moving back to the south. But those who remain, lost a valuable ministry when the format left. My question, rhetorical as it may be, when should a ministry become a business, and vice versa.

I have adapted, as I mainly listen to WCRF, as their focus is to the adult comtemporary crowd.
Some haven't. You can get Southern Gospel on the internet, but there are some, such as my in-laws, that don't own a computer.

We have to learn how to minister to others, and sometimes that means going outside our own preferences.

This was originally part of a series. The reaction I had gotten over this inspired me to start my Seek Him First blog. Holy War Part 2 is reposted there.

7 comments:

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MondaythroughSunday said...

Ah..music! I have family that "their" church has the patent on music and everyone else is backward and old. :) Now...This is how I see it..I like a lot of different types of music and really do not care for the southern gospel stuff..but I will be respectful to those who are ministered by it! I also find that if you cannot 'take' certain music you can in fact miss out on a very good message at church! I do believe that it is dependent on whom you want to minister to and some of the old stuff is just not going to draw in the younger crowd.

dons_mind said...

lol you should try being a fan of bluegrass gospel and/or old country style gospel as my wife and i are....fortunately, there are plenty of CDs available and XM radio's Track 14 has a wonderful sunday morning bluegrass gospel show....plus we sing ourselves too, so sometimes we just pull out a bluegrass gospel tune and sing along!

Pat Jenkins said...

how about that wixy. getting set up on the blogeshpere. mrs. wixy better keep an eye out... nice look by the way. any reason for the change?... as far as the music goes, as long as the "truth" is being told. play on.

74WIXYgrad said...

The change is threefold.

1) I was tired with the old look.

2) Others were changing their templates.

3) The blue color is a tribute to my good friend, Liquid.

Kathy said...

We all have certain tastes in music, but it doesn't give us the right to criticize someone who has a different taste. And it doesn't mean the style we like is right and theirs is wrong. But people sure can get possessive and crazy about their music and it's really so ridiculous. I honestly don't think Jesus cares what musical style the music has, as long as it brings honor and glory to his name and ministers the gospel.

MondaythroughSunday said...

Music has such a nostalgic thing about it..doesn't it? We remember heartaches, loves, happiness by just a tune that plays on the radio. Just like smells..we can have our mouth water or feel the urge to vomit. Names..if we loved a person or they treated us well we are more likely to choose this name for our children..or you can reject the name just because someone was horrible. Music does the same for so many of us and I think that is why we get so ridiculous sometimes about it.