I don’t listen to contemporary Christian music (CCM) much. Mostly because there’s little there that’s different from secular music. I know there are exceptions, but for the most part CCM’s quality is poor (I could likewise argue that most top 40 songs and artists are lacking).
Every once in a while, I’ll feel guilty that I’m not supporting CCM and I’ll turn my radio to a station. It’s usually at this point where I’m reminded once again that why I can’t stand it. Case in point: while driving through Cincinnati yesterday, we heard this as the tagline to a CCM radio station: “[name of station]: It’s like Bible study with a beat!”
Bible study with a beat, huh? This tagline played right after a cover of U2’s “Beautiful Day” by a CCM group. Hand me the barf bag. Unfortunately too many people do think that listening to CCM is a substitute (or at least an equivalent) for studying the Bible. The problem is that CCM is 98% “beat,” and Bible study is seldom found.