This article is to confront the notion that Christian music in the early 90s and the early 2000s were NOT relevant. I say they WERE relevant. I will agree, Christian music had a lot of growing to do, but that does not excuse Christians using that as an excuse to dishonor them and, even worse, use it as an excuse to listen to secular music.
I, personally, think music is like movies and television. Let Holy Spirit guide you when listening to secular music. But, using bad Christian music as an excuse to find understanding and “prophetic” meaning in secular is not cool. Yes, God can speak through secular things, but finding spiritual and prophetic things in secular things is not the rule it’s the exception.
Again this is only my opinion, but when I hear Christians brag on the talent of Mumford & Sons and One Direction, but then viciously attack the sound from Christian bands with a similar sound, I find that disturbing. If anything, it provides clean music for your kids to listen to so they don’t listen to trash.
While growing up, I was not allowed to listen to secular music when I was a kid and so I listened to such bands as newsboys, TobyMac, etc. I found their music did speak to my heart and helped me find perspective in some situations in my life. As I got older, I did discover the world of rock music and I never looked back. However, I did not get on a spin cycle where I was criticizing Christian music left and right. Granted, there are Christian bands that are bad, like REALLY bad, but we should not throw the baby out with the bathwater. We have great Christian musicians like Corey Asbury, Jesus Culture, Kim Walker-Smith, The Afters, and so many more!
Look for a band that has your kind of sound. I promise you, you just have to look!