This post will have nothing to do with my adventures in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Yet, it still reflects on me today.
I served in the Contemporary Christian music field for nearly 10 years at WHJT and WYJS in Jackson, MS. It was here that I learned CCM was years behind the mainstream music scene. Lyrics at the time weren't strong, music was weaker, and CCM had a growing following that could be so much larger if the music was closer in quality to mainstream tunes.
Flash forward to today and the clip I've posted from Superchick. Glorious. Artists today can go toe-to-toe with their mainstream counterparts in lyrics, sound, and music videos.
Additionally, there's something to be said for making Christian radio a habit. You know the ole phrase "garbage in, garbage out"? If we listen to and watch garbage on a daily basis, we become immune to it and our spirit is grinded down each time. However, the positive messages of Christian lyrics coupled with whatever your flavor of music is very uplifting. That's right, whether it's pop, rock, country, metal, jazz, or hiphop...there's a Christian message for you.
If you're in the DC Metro area, check out WRBS 95.1 for some great examples. Otherwise, visit Lifeway or Family Bookstores for some great selections.