Robert Thompson makes a point in saying that “Regardless of nineteenth- and twentieth-century mass culture’s attempts to reinvent Christmas as a secularized, national season of consumption in which everyone in the melting pot can participate, Christmas does remain a …show more content…
Is it the lyrics? The musical style? The faith and lifestyle of the writer or performer? Can a non-Christian write about Christian music?
Christian music can be written by anyone. In my opinion, what makes a song Christian is the message that the song conveys and the purpose that the artist had for writing that song. The listener will probably need to look for the purpose, outside of the song. The message, more times than not, can be found in the lyrics.
Depending on the style and how much the Christian music sounds like the particular style, it may turn away people who come from a traditional background. For example, William Romanowski talks about the gospel artist, Amy Grant. Grant was able to obtain much success through mainstream exposure. Over time, her songs became less evangelical and more mainstream, in order to expand her music to a wider audience. In doing so, the lyrics of her songs contain less religious elements. Religious fundamentalists criticized her, and fans were “confused about the message their popular artist was spreading via the mainstream channels” (Romanowski