Lady Gaga and Christian music

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Christian music?

Christian music doesn’t exist.  There are no Christian notes or melodies.  Musical notes and melodies are neither Christian nor unchristian.  They are neither moral nor immoral.  High “C” is high “C” and that’s all there is to it.

There are Christian lyrics.  But lyrics do not make melodies evil or holy.  There is no such thing as a holy melody, except of course, in the minds of some believers. 

A believer can take the melody of Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face,” and put Christian lyrics to it and poof you have a Christian song. 

I’ll show you what I mean.

Here are some of the lyrics to Poker Face:

P-p-p-poker face, p-p-poker face
(Mum mum mum mah)
P-p-p-poker her face, p-p poker her face
(Mum mum mum mah)

Here is the Christian version:

H-h-h-holy grace, h-h-holy grace
(Mum mum mum mah)
H-h-h-holy grace, h-h-holy grace
(Mum mum mum mah)

POOF!  “Poker Face” just became Christian music.  Of course it didn’t, but I hope you’re getting the point.  There are Christian lyrics but Christian music/melodies/notes don’t exist. 

Pay attention to lyrics and enjoy melodies.  Some believers want to impose silly rules about the style of music you enjoy.  Don’t tolerate their intolerance.   Feel free to leave comments.

Grace Freak

Dan Rockwell 

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8 Comments on “Lady Gaga and Christian music”

  1. Jack Ducharme Says:

    Is this coming from a BCS grad? Good for you!

  2. Chuck Gonzalez Says:

    Melodies dose it not effect your mood?NKJV SAM 16:16

  3. Ashlin Says:

    Dan – to push the bubble a bit further… what about songs that aren’t “Christian” songs, but we worship God through them anyways? Example: Jesus is my boyfriend songs OR songs that can talk about nature or relationships with other people. If worship music or Christian music is intended to incur heart motivated gratitude – can’t a secular song, written without the intent for worship, be used for personal worship?

    -Ash

    • Dan Rockwell Says:

      Ash,

      I think it can. Bethoven’s music has inspired workship for ages. There are no words. JUst notes. I’ll go even further. There are unchristian songs that help focus me on God. I love some of James Taylors music. One of his songs is about human need and it grips me everytime I hear it. The songs makes be glad I know Jesus and feel a deep concern for those who don’t.

      Grace Freak

  4. DeanO Says:

    Wonderful post and so true. An old preacher once said “music does two things..it stirs the flesh or it stirs the spirit” I like that. We are to abstain from all appearance of evil…I guess a lot of Christians are doing what The McKaymeys sing “getting used to the dark”

  5. Gail Says:

    So true. As long as the lyrics are uplifting to our God thats what matters. I have heard several “wordly” songs rewritten with Christ as the center and they were awesome. Gail


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