Brother Ron Barnes
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                    Are Jazz Christian Songs Sinful?           


Dear Brother Ron

Can we sing Christian songs with jazz or country music in them? You add your own flavor to Christian songs. Does God consider this a sin?

Legenda


Dear Legenda
 

You're absolutely right. I do add my own flavor to Christian songs. I wanted "I'm Coming Home to my Jesus" to have a New Orleans flavor so it has Al Hirt on trumpet and Fats Domino on piano. I wrote "I'm Building a House" as a country song so it has Earl Scruggs on banjo. "Where Is the Lord" has Jerry Lee Lewis on piano. I consider them a tribute to our Father and I do not believe any of them are in any way sinful.


The Bible tells us to make a joyful noise unto the Lord. It does not require that noise to have certain words or musical styles. Today we find hundreds of groups and soloists honoring our Father in every kind of music imaginable. I believe He accepts this as a tribute to Him and the musician's way of thanking Him for the gift He has given them. So use whatever style you feel is appropriate for your music. I'm sure our Father will enjoy it.

 
Best always
Brother Ron