Today I listened to Christian music on purpose, like K-LOVE challenged me to. I was raised on Christian music® and psychotically loved a lot of it for a long time, and still love some of it. I don't have the emotional bandwidth or attention span right this second to go into my backstory and current thoughts on Christian music so I will just tell you about today.
We listened to it while driving to church, actually, and were also listening to a Gordon Fee lecture on Romans (double-fisting spiritual activities) when I remembered the challenge and turned on SPIRIT 105.3, Seattle's Original Family-Friendly Station. (In this vigorously unchurched vector of America it must be more appealing to listeners to not use the word "Christian" in your radio station name even if that's what kind of station you are.)
The song we landed on sounded like the Goo Goo Dolls circa 1995 with a guy singing "oh how he loves us" over and over, so many times that I wished too late that I'd started counting from the beginning. It didn't really vary much from that. He yarled at both the beginnings and ends of lines, doing that Karen Carpenter-y growling thing with the same words. The music part was mostly three chords and even though we didn't start listening from the beginning the song didn't end for six minutes.
That song expired to a video game sound effect and then someone I can only assume was a caller said "I enjoy this station because I think if we listen to upbeat positive music then we will have a better attitude and be more pleasing to God." Then the next song started while I fumed that they just outright said that there was anything we could do that could make us more or less pleasing to God. Because that is the whole point of the gospel, that there IS NOTHING WE CAN DO TO MAKE GOD BE MORE OR LESS PLEASED WITH US. Grrrrrr. That's the problem with Christian culture right there. All this ran through my mind and my teeth clenched and my heart was sad. The next song sounded musically exactly like the other. "Lead me cause I can't do this alone." This one clocked in at 4 1/2 minutes and honest to, well, God, it sounded like the exact same band and singer, although it was a totally different band. After the song was up my chest hurt and my throat was tight and I put on some Ray Davies to try to feel better.
Mood assessment before listening to Christian music: Optimistic
Mood assessment after listening to Christian music: Angry and sad
Time spent with Ray Davies in order to recover: Nine minutes (recovery marginal)