Two weeks ago, we posted a thoughtful commentary from Kate Bowman entitled, "Secular, Sacred, or Both?" The essay looked at Christian artists in the mainstream and argued that the line between secular and sacred music is often a blurry one—if it exists at all.
Last week, we posted a somewhat controversial rebuttal from Jim Pruitt, "Have Crossover Artists Sold Out?" Pruitt made some strong statements in his article, claiming that Christian artists in the mainstream are "more carnal than spiritual."
We thought Pruitt's essay might spark some reader response, and sure enough, it most certainly did, prompting more letters than perhaps any article we've ever run in our five-plus years online.
Most readers disagreed with Pruitt, but a few thought he made some valid points, like Sam Brose, who wrote that crossover artists have "lost the focus on what they are supposed to do with God's gift. They've crossed over to make more money. My wife and I are [musicians], and we could do secular cover tunes to make a great living. But then we would miss out on [the opportunity] to change a single life because of the Word of God. We are focused on what God has sent us to do, and that's why we will never cross over."
Michael "SHOK" Gomes, an emerging hip-hop artist weighing the balance of faith and artistry, wrote: "I have struggled with this issue in the creative process of my most recent work. I have been very successful in the secular hip-hop market. I have dedicated all my work to Christ now. Making secular records was purely based on the commercial value and airplay potential. But when I did a recent album for God's glory, not mine, my thinking changed. I had some great ideas that would appeal to the masses, but under the conviction ...1
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