Guest post by writer Luc Rinaldi
But take the experience from the music, and all that remains is a predictable set of guitar chords, a formulaic song structure and a handful of stock lyrics.
Praise and worship – when taken for its musical merit rather than the experience it often accompanies – is undeniably pop music. Pop music is not objectively bad, but the attention praise and worship receives relative to the notice other lesser-known Christian music garners is like comparing Justin Bieber to Sam Roberts. The problem is not so much contemporary Christian music in itself, but rather, that it’s sung and played ad nauseam while more inspired, creative talent goes unnoticed because it doesn’t fit neatly into the praise and worship mould.