When church music directors lead the congregation in singing some praise music, I often listen stoically with teeth clenched. But one Sunday morning, I cracked. We had been led through endless repetitions of a meaningless ditty called, “Draw Me Close to You.” The song has zero theological content and could be sung in a nightclub, for that matter. When I thought it was finally and mercifully over, the music leader beamed at us and said in a cheerful voice, “Let’s sing that again, shall we?” “No!” I shouted loudly. Heads all around me spun while my wife cringed.
I admit I prefer more traditional hymns. But even given that, I am convinced that much of the music being written for the Church today reflects an unfortunate trend—slipping across the line from worship to entertainment. Evangelicals are in danger of amusing ourselves to death, to borrow the title of the classic Neil Postman book. (from pfm.org)
Go here for the lyrics to Kelly Carpenter's "Draw Me Close to You." Colson is right about them - the words are vapid and empty, and may as well be addressed to your girlfriend/boyfriend.
Go here to read about recording artist Steve Camp's call for reformation for contemporary Christian music.
Unfortunately, Colson doesn't write about what happened after he shouted "No!" in church.