Andrew Damick — Why Should the Devil Get All the Good Music?

In order to understand this question, we must first
understand the current place of Christian art in the culture. Today, Christian
art in America is a consumer driven enterprise. It largely consists of a niche
market of books, music and videos designed to meet the demand of people who
already consider themselves Christian. Granted, many of these products are
marketed as “evangelistic tools,” as ways to “reach the unreached” and so
forth. Yet even those products are filled with the jargon and assumptions of
the American Christian sub-culture what many critics call “Christianese” and
their main appeal really is to the Christian consumer. CD’s, books, and films
are primarily a product to be sold to a demographic called “Christian” and then
marketed in stores filled with soft, sentimental imagery and appropriately
“Christian” knick-knacks. There is therefore an isolation which occurs in the
art produced in this milieu. Its relationship to the art produced for the
non-Christian consumer is the basis for our question.

[Listening to: Superstar – Josh Joplin Group – Useful Music (3:33)]