“What the #$#$#” – is this where Christian music is headed?

“If You Knew Who I Am, Would You Really Want To Die For Me?
They Say You Are The Cursed Man, The One Who Hangs From This Tree
I Know This Is The One and Only Son of GOD But So Tell Me Who the F*$& is he!
So tell me!”

I can hear the gasps from here, “did I REALLY read that?” – Yes you did.  The Christian hard rock band, P.O.D. (Payable On Death) has managed to push the envelope once again with their song, “I Am” from the new release, “Murdered Love.”

 In fact, the song has been removed from the Christian market release (for obvious reasons).

I will admit that this style is not entirely my cup of tea, but it does fit a niche to those who would not ordinarily listen to Christian music. Although P.O.D. claims they are not a Christian band, all of the members are Christians and lyrically their music certainly reflects Christian virtues.

This is a warning, P.O.D.’s music is not for the faint of heart.  They have an “in your face” style and the song, I AM is truly that – in your face. It’s written from the perspective of a person who is searching for truth.  Dropping a variety of profane words not normally heard on  “gospel tunes,” the song could be construed as controversial.  That’s for you to decide.

I’ll pose the following questions:

Is it necessary to drop the “F” bomb and other unlovely words to get a point across?

  • Could the song be equally as powerful without them?

Sonny Sandoval P.O.D.’s lead singer said in an online interview regarding the song; “The world is certainly a harsh environment”, I get that, – but where do you draw the line? Is this song any different from other secular songs out there?  And if you are okay with it, are you condoning all other music with questionable lyrics?

All of this raises my final question, do all gospel songs have to appeal to the masses? Just because you/I don’t like a style of music or don’t speak “that way” – does it make it wrong?  I have read many reviews on the album and most opinions are split on the final track, “I AM.” Some even ask, “why go there?”

Some have said “they had to know they were going to offend people”. And others say, “This is life, it is not always pretty and this music will reach the unchurched, let it stand.” My thought here is this, throughout biblical history there have been leaders of the church who have said and done offensive acts for the benefit of others.  Is this any different?

No matter your thoughts on this issue, the album is doing well. It’s currently sits 9th on the Billboard Christian music charts. So, someone, somewhere likes what they are hearing. Remember, music has and will always be controversial – but should we expect more from Christian artists?