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"Mailbag" Continued...

Issue: "Highway 65 hopefuls," April 20, 2002

Concerned

In "Foot in the door" you talked about the impact of Christian performers on the world and mentioned U2. I am a 39-year-old U2 fan and I am concerned about some of their lyrics. While I appreciate U2 not promoting themselves as a "Christian" band, this does not give them license to design their performances as "unto the world." - Kathy Johnson, Florence, Ore.

The core

I enjoyed the March 23 issue in which you wrote of how Christians are bringing more of an influence to Hollywood and the music industry. As for the Christian Contemporary Music scene, you failed to mention those artists who form the real core of CCM and whose lives reflect scriptural values, those like Michael Card and Steve Green, and whose lyrics focus on biblical truth. - Mike Butler, Jackson, Tenn.

They're still around

Count my family among those who know The Imperials once existed, and that they still exist. No, they are not the gospel superstars of years gone by. They have taken a vibrant ministry to the local church, and that is even better. Sure, the band has changed, but I like their sound today much more than I liked their hit 1981 album Priority, which Mr. Orteza mentions in his otherwise on-target article. - Phil Brown, Austin, Texas

Credit

Arsenio Orteza fails to give credit to the many Christian musicians who are having an impact on the culture. One of the most shining examples is the rap/hard-rock band P.O.D. ("Payable On Death"), whose last two albums have each gone multiplatinum in the mainstream market and whose recent album, Satellite, has already produced some rock radio hits. This band is boldly and unapologetically Christian. - Scott M. Roney, Lake Jackson, Texas

Only Christian people

In discussing the condition and future of Christian music, I believe Mr. Orteza hit the nail fairly on the head; modern Christian artists are making music with a bad memory for history and a poor vision for the future. However, I would suggest that this popular idea of "Christian music" is a practical impossibility. In this life there are no Christian arts, only Christian people; in fact, it is entirely possible for an unbelieving artist to make a better and more God-honoring piece than his Christian counterpart. In such cases, which piece is more Christian? By labeling his work "Christian," an artist hampers the advancement of God's kingdom. He should put himself in the background and work like the dickens; his excellent, Christ-honoring work will do more to glorify God than all the labels and posturing that he can invent. - Jonathan Landell, San Jose, Calif.

Recognized

I enjoyed your article on James Vincent ("Singing a new song," March 23). I was very happy to see a man with such a rich history receive some recognition. - Steve Murray, Phoenix, Ariz.

It isn't

Producer Ralph Winter said it best: "You can't ignore excellence" ("Working from within," March 23). Too many Christian filmmakers do just that, thinking that delivering the gospel is mission accomplished. It isn't. If we truly want to change Hollywood, Christian filmmakers will need to make some changes of their own, starting with writing good scripts and insisting on adequate budgets. A foot in the door is a good start, but if our product is deemed inferior, we'll get no further, or worse, have the door slammed in our faces. - Hilber Nelson, Twin Falls, Idaho

Disgusted

In your March 23 item, "On a more positive note," you described the CBS documentary 9/11 as "remarkable" and "not one to miss." I watched the show for a while, until I became so utterly disgusted with the foul language the fireman were spouting that I turned off the TV. - Paul A. Carter, Monmouth, Ore.

Shocked

I too was shocked by the blatant homosexual propaganda being presented as family entertainment on the March 11 episode of the ABC drama Once and Again ("Blind dating," March 23). - Jeff Symons, Flint, Mich.

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