There is plenty of debate about how to make our Christian Country Music Industry grow. Many hours of discussion have been rendered on this subject. To some degree, this debate has produced growth here and there but it never seems to be enough.
Artists struggle to book dates that pay enough, struggle to get radio to play their music and have trouble budgeting for quality recordings.
If there were only a formula or a magic wand to wave that would cause this on-going struggle to go away so we could concentrate on ministry! Who wouldn’t want that?
So what is the answer? What do we need the most?
There are obvious answers. Make sure we are in the perfect will of God. Keep Jesus first in our music and our industry. Walk in love. Be givers.
I believe what our industry needs the most is UNITY.
Many have fallen into the trap of competition. When having a number one record, or the most listened to radio station, or winning awards becomes the driving force of what we do then I believe our priorities are out of order.
REALITY CHECK! The Christian Country Industry is not that big of a deal! Christian Country Music is barely a tiny speck on the music horizon. We are tiny! Too many of us think we are a big deal. But we’re not! So what’s my point?
My point is this: GET OVER YOURSELF. If you think God can’t get the gospel out without this music you are wrong. Sorry to shock you but God can make it just fine without us. Especially when we can’t get along with each other.
We wonder sometimes why we don’t see more people come to Jesus when we sing and many times it’s because they don’t want to be like us. When they see jealousy, hear us bad mouthing each other and in general not getting along, they don’t want anything to do with that. Number one songs don’t mean anything if we can’t get along. Awards mean nothing if we don’t walk in love. Artists need to get along. Radio stations need to get along. Record labels need to get along. The love of God is the answer.
Frankly, I’m tired of the conflict among us. I’m ashamed of it and will not be part of it. Let this be a wake-up call!
What we need most in Christian Country Music is UNITY. We all work for the same Jesus. Let’s act like it. Let’s help each other. All of us are different but we work for one cause, the cause of Christ. We can do this….it’s the only way our industry will grow and have the intended effect on those that hear our music.
PEACE & UNITY to all.
Cogitate on this….