Perfect theology. Who has it? While listening to the final
CD released by one of my favorite groups, I got to wondering why a good chunk
of it was very latin-esque. The release is full of requiems. And there is
something beautiful and haunting about them. Kind-of Catholic in their feel.
What was the influence?
I did a little online research. I wasn’t happy with my
discoveries. This has just led to more confusion for me regarding music and
A lot of the lyrics in the songs are very repetitive. Some of the
repetitions are a bit spooky. It seems the aim here is to put the listener into
the mood of meditation, or contemplative prayer. This is where the whole thing
begins to get shaky for me.
Christian music is a weird concept, if you step back and
look at the big picture. I guess it serves its purpose. But how do I know if
there is a different agenda going on with the bands and the producer, record label, etc? As a musician and former professional
music critic, I approach my analysis from these angles.
It has been well documented that this band split because some of the members wanted to go off in one direction, and some others. One
of them joined up with a big movement in the South called the Passion Movement.
Here is where it will all get fuzzy, so try to keep pace with me.
The Passion Movement will certainly have its supporters.
Most recently, 60,000, to be sure. They gathered at a conference that is held
annually, growing each year. It is targeted at college students. Seems every
big movement targets youth. Music is certainly a winning attempt.
College students are full of energy, vitality, hope and are
malleable. They are students after all.
Without going into too much depth of this movement, the leaders are just another
group of people professing special revelations from God. They lead people, chiefly through
music, to “empty their minds of everything.” To repeat certain key words
over and over. To meditate upon a loving God. To feel. But not to think. Not to meditate upon the holiness of God.
They can put a “Christian” label on these activities. But
when you empty your mind of “everything,” part of “everything” includes the
truth. The Word of God. What people do not realize is that when they do this,
and chant phrases again and again, and sing phrases over and over, they enter
an altered state of mind. And when you have an altered state of mind, you open
yourself up to all the spiritual
Darkness finds you. All that glitters is not gold. It seems
beautiful. Something about it attracts. But be careful! The clearest way I can
explain it is to give you an illustration. Lord of the Rings fans, it is like putting on the ring! It is like
embracing a palantír, or seeing stone.
All of your thoughts, intentions, your whereabouts in the
physical realm, your weaknesses, everything is being revealed and spoken to the
This practice is like partaking in Eastern religions and
slapping a Christian label on it. These musical chants are nothing more than
mantras. And contemplative prayer is holding hands with transcendental
meditation. Part 2