Why should the devil have all the good music?

This was the music of Christian counter-culture, circa 1970’s

This music INFURIATED a lot of people back in the day. Christians singing pop or rock? Larry Norman (on the left) penned the immortal words “Why should the devil have all the good music”? in response to the scathing criticism from most in the mainstream church to his music: the sounds of rock `n roll married to songs about (and to) Jesus.

Last night, while watching American Idol, I was struck by how different things are today.

Jordin Sparks, a Christian, sang a song penned by Christian recording artist Scott Krippanye (and a pastor friend of his). The song, “This is my now”, won the American Idol songwriting competition. Jordin’s performance of this song probably cinched the competition for her.

From Larry Norman to Jordin Sparks. It’s enough to give a person a case of whiplash.

We’ve gone mainstream. The jury is still out about whether this is a good development.

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