In recent years, music fans have been flocking to websites like The Church’s website and music blogs like The Catholic Music Blog to find new music that’s inspired by Christ.
But in the process, many of these artists have also become unwitting evangelists for their faith, according to musicologist Michael A. Phelan.
In a recent podcast, Phelany explains how these music-makers have created the perfect storm for what he calls the “religious music apocalypse.”
The Church’s blog and social media accounts are filled with Christian music that makes the perfect blend of spiritual meaning and secular pop-culture references.
In some cases, artists have used their music to promote their faith.
In others, it’s used to express solidarity with their faith in the face of controversy.
In the case of a post titled “A Song For You And Me,” for example, Christian music is featured in the lyrics to “You Are Not Alone,” a song that was released in 2016.
“It’s not about being anti-religious,” Phelans says.
“It’s about being pro-faith.”
In addition to the Church’s online presence, the site hosts a daily podcast called “The Church Is,” which includes music by popular Christian bands such as the Grateful Dead, the Beach Boys, and the Eagles.
Phegans also notes that Christian artists like Dizzy Gillespie and Bob Dylan have used the podcast to promote Christianity in the popular culture.
“There are no hard and fast rules about how the Church can promote Christianity on its website or on its social media,” he says.
In the end, Pheans says that it’s up to musicians and artists to decide if they want to put their music out there.
“If you’re an artist, you have a choice.
If you’re a person who believes in the Bible and your faith, you’re allowed to put out music,” he explains.
But if you don’t, it could end up hurting your career.
“There’s a fine line between being an evangelist and promoting Christianity,” he adds.
“As a Christian, you can’t be both evangelist for your faith and promoting the music of other Christians.
It’s not a viable option.”