Christian Music Industry Celebrates Eradication Of Sin
On Friday, five Christian music industry leaders held a press conference to announce a great achievement. Bill Blass, of Integrity Worship was the first to make a statement. “We are pleased, and I might say proud to announce that we as an industry have been able to over the last 20 years, eliminate sin from all of our lyrics. You can turn the Christian radio station on today and not hear any reference to sin, or sinfulness, or judgment. This has not always been the case. In fact, for most of human history, sin was a part of the religious arts. Look at the Psalms. Look at the hymns coming out of the Reformation. Look at the revival era hymns and spiritual songs.”
In fact, he is correct. It turns out there was a collective agreement made just before the end of the 20th century to remove the idea of sin from all contemporary Christian music songs. The Southern Gospel industry didn’t want to play ball. But the CCM community never really felt like the two groups were on the same page in most ways.
Tim Richmond, president of Christian Music Broadcasters said that it is a new day. “We’ve often claimed to be safe for the whole family. But now we are safe for the whole world. Even sinners can now listen to Christian music without having to worry about hearing the “s” word. There were still a couple of old schoolers who would talk about sin in general and even mention specific sins in their lyrics… People like Steve Taylor, Keith Green, and the Newsboys. We just sort of had to wait them out. Some died, others retired, and a few just changed their message with the times.”
"We don't like to brag, but we've been able to do something within the Christian community in two decades that the Holy Spirit hasn't been able to accomplish in 2000 years. But to be fair, we can leverage the Dove awards to get what we want... and we do," chuckles Blass.