#1 I am a subscriber to World Magazine. I receive a link to the online version but I usually wait for the hard copy in the mail. I just like flipping through an actual magazine, especially since I'm on the computer way too much as it is. Well, as I was reading through the magazine today I read an article entitled "Death in the subculture CCM: Demise of Christian music magazine signals hard timese for Christian rock" (Here's the link if you wish to read the entire article http://www.worldmag.com/articles/13728). Well, the jest of the article is that Christian musicians today do not want to be labeled "Christian musicians". Here's the quote that really perturbed me, "The magazine (talking about CCM) had previously covered only music with explicit religious content, perennial annoyance to Christian artists who believed music should incorporate all aspects of life and creation without forced utterances of Jesus' name or cliched religious imagery". WHAT? They don't want to use Jesus' name in their music? Maybe I'm reading this all wrong, and if I am then please correct me. When I listened to secular music I don't expect to hear a message about Jesus, but when I listen to Christian music, I want Jesus to be the center of the song. Does that make sense? One reason that it took me a long time to enjoy "Christian rock" is b/c it didn't seem sincere to me. Then along came Third Day, Casting Crowns, Jennifer Knapp, and I thought, "Cool! They get it!". If this magazine article is correct, then my initial suspcicions of insincerity are proving to be true. How sad!
#2 On almost a different note, this "evangelical subculture" thing... what's up with that?