Former worship leader Dan Lucarini wrote a book called "Why I Left the Contemporary Christian Music Movement" about, as you can image, why he left the CCM movement. The book is not a huge seller, but it has generated some interest and some discussion in certain circles of the church. Here are a few things to consider about this Christian book and the idea behind it.
The book is a detailed account of Dan Lucarini and his experience as a worship leader. Apparently, he was at one time a worship leader and was big into the CCM movement. This movement aims to reach people where they are by playing contemporary music with a Godly message.
The book goes into specifics about why he ended up quitting this business. Essentially, he feels that rock music should not be utilized in conjunction with Christianity.
From the forward of the book, "We know by experience that music has a secret and almost incredible power to move hearts." The reformer was right -- and we should therefore give its use in the life of the church serious and God-centered attention. I pray that this book will help us to do so."
The main issue that the book raises is whether or not the Christian community should embrace contemporary Christian music or if it should ban it. Dan was previously a supporter of this type of music and later changed his tune (forgive the pun) on this issue.
Personally, I don't see a problem with any kind of music as long as it is used to glorify God. I've heard Christian rap, rock, alternative, country and bluegrass that all glorifies God.
I have heard many stories of people being saved after choosing to listen to upbeat radio stations like Air 1. The band Skillet is one of the hardest bands I've heard (not to mention one of the best) and they have reached many people for Christ. The awesome thing about this type of music is that it has the potential to reach people who otherwise would not even consider going to church or thinking about Christ. Jesus was the type who was willing to eat with sinners and tax collectors because as he said, "It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick." When Skillet or Switchfoot shares a stage with secular performers, many people will get a chance to hear music with a message. This has the potential to get them thinking and helps them open their heart to the Lord.
Even as a Christian, this type of music helps me on a daily basis. I know, in the past, I've been timid or scared about sharing my faith with others. Watching Skillet perform gets me fired up for God and helps me see that it is possible to be cool and unashamedly share your faith with others.
Dan Lucarini did bring up some controversial issues and shared his viewpoint with tact in this book. However, I'm going to have to disagree with the verdict that he came up with in his book. What do you guys think? Do you think CCM and Christian rock has a place? Or do you think we should abolish instruments and any kind of music with a beat? Share your point of view below.
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