It's happened for a really, really long time. New musical inventions come out (whether it is actual physical instruments or new ways of playing, such as new chords, rhythms, and so on) and Christian groups adopt them to praise the living God. It's about making worship relevant. I'm absolutely convinced that the ministries of Jesus Christ, Phillip, and Paul allowed God's word to become relevant to the population that they were reaching, whether it was a woman at a well (Jesus used the idea of living water - what a great concept!), speaking to an Etheopian eunuch (what a great conversation that would have been!), or speaking to a temple with an idol addressed to "An unknown God" (IN which we see Paul change the way he speaks from talking to the Jews in the synagogue and then the Greeks in their temple.) All throughout the BIble we see instances where, although God's message does not change, the way it comes to humanity differs depending on the population. In the same way, we deal (at least I deal in my ministry) with a population that is much different than the population was 50, 100, or 2,000 years ago. The message of the Living God doesn't change, but to make it relevant to their times and their sensibilities, I use the "koine" language and methods of the day. Just as Jesus did. Just as Phillip did. Just as Paul did. Some people don't like that. My guess is that these people haven't spent a lot of time with Generation Y and the internet generation of students who are out there. If they would get to know them, they would realize the impact that praise and worship music has on them - and how scores of young people are coming to know Jesus Christ as their Savior. And isn't that what the gospel is all about? Some of you have your hymns. That's fine and great. But my ministry includes music that some of the older folk don't care much for. And my ministry requires me to know what is going on in the secular world. The difference is that I have an alternative to what is out there - an alternative to the Christina Aguilera's, Limp Biskit's, and Eminem's. I have heard all of these artists; I have had some students come who have never heard Christian music - this is the language they know. It messes them up when I tell them that I know about this kind of music. They don't feel shut out of the church anymore because they are not spiritual enough. God then is able to work in their lives. I often ask a lot of people what the first question is when they think of the word "church." It's a great opening to share Jesus Christ with someone. I'm amazed at the answers they give me. The most common is this: "I really don't like church. They make me feel that i'm not good enough to be there. It's like they are pointing a finger at me." How dare any of us make a non-believer feel such a way! "It's not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick!" One of my goals in ministry is to create an environment where people leave from the group for the first time saying the opposite thing - "I really like church! They made me feel that I belonged there. They embraced me and accepted me for who I was." I'm all about letting Jesus Christ change people - not me. I can't do it, as much as I want (And I'm a trained marriage and family therapist, so change is what I'm all about!) For those of you who don't like CCM, who think it is of Satan, who wish to condemn those who sing it, listen to it, or lead worship with it, I ask you to consider what kind of tone you are sending to those who do not know Jesus Christ as their Saviour. For those who are lurking and never post here. For those who you interact with at work or at school. For those who are looking for Jesus Christ, and you're the closest thing to Him that they may see for awhile. For those of you who do like CCM, and cannot understand "hymn-only" people, I ask that you give them a break as well. Perhaps they are worshipping God the best way that they know how. In presenting an attitude of the same kind of love and peace that we sing about in our music, maybe - just maybe - they can see that what we sing is more than just words. We sing a message - a message to the world and a message to our Redeemer. And for those who are in a ministry position aroudn here, remember that music is only a tool. God gave us music to glorify Him and to sing praises to His name. He delights in our praises - he inhabits our praise. Set an example with your music, whatever that music is. Lift up songs to the Lord, whether you like the music or not. By setting an example, other people will know and realize that it is all right to sing, clap, raise hands, or whatever. Just be real. Just praise.