(elbow to your ribs) C’mon, now; it’s not like it used to be. I used to turn my nose up at contemporary Christian music but I’m older and wiser now and I’ve learned a thing or two. Christians will always tell each other, and those who are ‘inquiring’, that Jesus will meet them wherever they are. We say it because it’s true. No one has to finish a pre-req course or take a test or stand up in a meeting; all a person has to do is say, “Help me, Lord” and Jesus is at his side, ready, willing, and able to help and to love.

One of the great forms of communication is singing. Ever watch little children when they sing? They get a sort of ‘look’ on their little faces, like what they are doing is amazing and all theirs and they just discovered it. I used to love to hear my dad sing while he was doing his chores – I’d giggle because he never remembered but a few words and made up his own, but he loved to sing. And was inordinately proud of his whistling. All ages love to sing. All peoples love to sing.

Hymns are lovely and a salve to the spirit and we love them in a very special way but truth be told, we are of an age and time that is passing. God finds new ways to reach out to the broken and weary and one of those ways is Christian music. The kids have got to know that there’s an answer to all this mess they see here; that there is something more and mightier and worth living for. They have to know that they have worth and are valued and wanted and lived and died for. Contemporary Christian music does that.

New Christian music comes in every genre – country, hip hop, rock’n’roll, rap, easy listening and everything in between. Many of the songs cross over into mainstream popular music and vise versa. This was a country song that Christians took immediately to their hearts https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5z-jjWyAJQ

This one brings tears to my eyes. I look at the faces of the crowd – all that wasted potential, and I think of those people I wrote about awhile back, the ones with the tattoos, and I can’t help but weep. As important as hymns are, so is the music that reaches people who don’t have that connection – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6WtV1XtqsW0

Next time you’re rolling that dial in the car (or pushing the button or whatever new vehicles do), stop on the Christian station and give a listen. And learn a lesson. And humble yourself to a new way to hear the Lord speak to His children.