This post is maybe a bit more thought out than my last one:

There have been a few occasions of late when i was in a business and the music selected by the staff was a bit abrasive. Now, me not liking the music playing over the speakers at a business is not an uncommon occurrence.  I live in rural Ontario and "country" seems to be the music of choice for most stores.  I am not a big country fan. Some places will go with pop or soft rock, which maybe aren't my faves either, but i don't mind them.  Anyhow, I usually just shrug and think: it's not my business and it is therefore none of my business.

But there are a few businesses in my town that have been playing Christian rock/pop. Ok, guilty confession time: I think the lead singer of Skillet is super-hot, and I love the song Monster, but apart from that... not a big Christian Rock fan... obvious reasons.  Not only did i not personally enjoy the music, but i found it made me rather uncomfortable. 

In one instance it was a used book store, and i felt awkward about what books i was looking at... do you think that shy, little me could work up the nerve to ask if they had any Dawkins?  The other time was at a chiropractic office.  I honesty started worrying that the guy would try to save my soul while aligning my spine. I was tempted to go with a different doctor.

Now had these places been Christian bookstores, a church, my mom's living room, etc. this music would be, still not MY choice, but appropriate.  These stores really should consider that not all of their clients share their belief system. They may feel they are creating a peaceful atmosphere, but they may actually costing themselves business.  Come on people, if you want that spiritual feel without freaking out the customers, slap in some Enya!

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Comment by Loren Miller on May 17, 2013 at 5:31am

Ummm, Lillie?  The Messiah is sung in ENGLISH!  Hell, I frequently sing along to the first recitative, "Comfort ye!"

Comment by Christopher Cosgrove on May 17, 2013 at 3:38am

In South Africa the exposure is normally just during the festive season. Nauseating stuff. However, when you get something like Alison Krauss doing "Down to the river to pray" it is just so brilliant despite my atheist conviction. Ditto for Lucinda Williams. Anyway, it gives me a great reason to avoid the shopping malls for two months. Sometimes three months - it starts so early these days! You could also just walk around with your ipod and catch up on skepticality. Cheers

Comment by Lillie on May 16, 2013 at 5:29pm

Funny, Loren, but I am a fan of classical music and never even thought about it being religious but it is.  Of course, I don't speak the romance languages so don't really understand all of those words of praise.

Comment by Loren Miller on May 16, 2013 at 9:04am

And here when you talked about religious music in secular settings, my immediate thought was something like Handel's The Messiah being played in a music store or something like!  I've always liked The Messiah; it has a stately character to the overture, and the recitatives and choruses have considerable beauty of their own.  Then, too, this is my bent: I'm a classical music aficionado.

Truth be told, I'm not sure I've heard the first christian rock song at all ... and I'm fairly certain that I don't WANT to.  If a clearly religious business such as a christian book store wants to play "Our God is an Awesome God" for their customers to hear, I can't see that anyone can complain.  If someone at Barnes & Noble wants to do the same thing, I would expect a problem and possibly a considerable one.

Christians need to come to terms with the fact that the world is not entirely made up of their kind, and here is an object lesson in that regard.

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