Is Jesus your boyfriend?! Wha?!

   I began adding a steady stream of Christian artists and musicians to my music collection about 15 years ago.  I enjoy the message as well as the level of musicianship of many Christian artists currently performing and recording.  Christian music runs the gamut of emotional topics, and usually connects with God in some way, and for the most part, I enjoy it. 

   Where it becomes frustrating to me, is when I hear a song like this from an artist by the name of Jamie Grace.

   Here are the lyrics for the chorus in case you missed them…or wisely opted out of listening to the entire song.

“Oh, I love the way You hold me, by my side You’ll always be 
You take each and every day, make it special in some way 
I love the way you hold me, in Your arms I’ll always be 
You take each and every day, make it special in some way 
I love You more than the words in my brain can express 
I can’t imagine even loving You less 
Lord, I love the way You hold me”

   Is it just me, or does it sound like Ms. Grace is longing to sit on a hillside somewhere watching the sunset while on a date with God, staring longingly into one another’s eyes?  The song makes me nauseous.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s catchy and fun, but it’s barking up a dangerous tree.

   This song represents one of the things wrong with the modern Christian music: spiritual intimacy is being misinterpreted as earthly, physical intimacy.  “Hold Me” is essentially a Colbie Caillat tune that’s geared towards Christian radio.  Christian record companies and their artists (not all of them) are so preoccupied with selling poppy, trendy songs to K-Love listeners that they let the content become boring, unchallenging, and misleading.

   I challenge Christian music listeners to pressure record companies and large radio networks such as K-Love to turn the dial when fluff songs like “Hold Me” are played.  God has created us to be better; above a record company profit or catchy chorus.     

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