Lauren Daigle and the State of Contemporary Christian Music

A little over a month ago Christian Daigle , award winning Christian singer (on secular and Christian charts) appeared on the Ellen DeGeneres show and sang one of her songs from the album “Look Up Child”. She was bashed for even appearing on the show. My question was whether or not a clear presentation of the gospel was anywhere to be found. My assumption was ‘probably not’, given that her host was crazy about her.

What I did do is download all of the lyrics to all of the songs on the “Look Up Child’ album. And gather some statistics using several key words, which could at least tell me if a clear gospel message was present in any of her songs. Here are the numbers for the 11 songs from the album:

  • The word “sin” appears 1 time – “O’er us sin no more hath dominion” in a line from the song “Turn Your Eyes on Jesus” she did NOT even write. but was written in 1922 by Helen Lemmel  Like many others Ms. Daigle just re-styled it and called it her own.
  • “God” appears 1 time in one song.
  • “Jesus” appears in “Turn your eyes on Jesus” (she didn’t write it)
  • “Savior” 3 times
  • “Lord” 1 time
  • “You/your” as reference to God/Jesus 40+ times
  • “Saved” is used 1 time (You saved me, but no mention of from what

Sadly, the above lyrics reflect the tenor of a LOT of today’s so-called worship music. One article expressed the state of things rather well. It was called “32 Lyrics From Lauren Daigle’s ‘Look Up Child’ That Will Put You Squarely In Your Feels”.

These days ‘worship’ is all about our ‘feels’. Whether it’s the lyrics and presentation (Lauren has a tremendous voice!), the rock style music with loud whining chords and pounding drums (that actually drown out the lyrics, or the concert atmosphere, it’s all about the ’feels’.And when the lyrics can be understood, they seem to lack any clear presentation of a solid gospel message, very little actual theology with much of it really BAD theology (God’s love is ‘reckless’?).

The saddest part of all, is the sheer number of professing ‘Christ followers’ who have absolutely no issues with Ms. Daigle or the myriad of other CCM artists just like her. Must be the ‘feels’.

So much for my little rant. There’s nothing personal directed at any particular CCM artist, it just is what it is.

Heavy sigh…………

Dan C.

3 responses to “Lauren Daigle and the State of Contemporary Christian Music

  1. You are just showing your age, Dan, you old fuddy duddy! LOL. Drums, huh? I remember when Ozzy Osborn was accused of being a devil worshipper. He responded with, “I can’t hardly conjur myself out of bed in the morning, let alone conjuring up the devil”. One person’s perception is not anothers. As the Apostle Paul said, “Conscience, not thine own, but the other, why is my liberty judged of another mans conscience?”. The fact remains, a Christian went to Ellen’s show. One person plants, another waters, but God gives the increase. Shoving the “gospel”, whatever that is defined as in today’s Christianity, down anyones throat is NOT what Jesus taught us to do. By your GOOD WORKS, they see, and then they inquire to us. Do you really think that Ellen has NO CLUE that Christians believe that Jesus died on a cross for our sins? Is it REALLY Ellen that you think is the OBJECT of saving? Or could it be someone watching instead? Maybe someone watching will research that singer, and THAT is the SEED that gets that person to Christ. Who knows? Only God knows, because one person plants, another waters, but WHO gives the increase and makes it grow? Shoving the gospel down someone’s throat…is that really what Jesus wanted us to do? Reminds people of the Inquisitions, and that is a major turn off for folks.

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    • Greetings, Ed! You missed my point? God Knows if she is a Christian or not. i didn’t judge her actions. I did find it rather problematic when said in an interview in which homosexuality was a sin, she answered,

      ““I can’t honestly answer on that, in the sense of I have too many people that I love and they are homosexuals,” Daigle told the celebrity publicist.

      “I can’t say one way or the other, I’m not God. When people ask questions like that, I just say, ‘Read the Bible and find out for yourself. And when you find out let me know because I’m learning too,’” she added.”

      Ms. Daigle aside, the bigger issue is the sad state of much CCM these days, IOM.

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