Ina recent newsletter, we noted that some Christian artists have been requested by their record labels to include radio-friendly worship songs on their albums—sometimes against the artists' wishes. The whole practice smacked of "worship as an afterthought," and we asked readers for their thoughts on the subject. We received a ton of responses, most of them echoing readers' frustrations with worship music in general. Here's a sampling of those replies.

I love it when there are some worship songs on albums. I don't necessarily think it should be done as an afterthought, and I am against forcing an artist to do it.
Lillie Cottrell

Singing and writing worship songs is something that is put on your heart by God. It can't be forced by the music industry. No wonder they aren't the artist's best songs. They weren't created from the deepest place of worship.
Jessica Griffin

I was musing about howworship bands seemto run out of creative lyrics, but can you blame them?When a band known for worship tunes comes out with yet another worship album, the lyrics tend to gradually come across as fluffy, forced, or superficial.But when a rock band has just one or two worship focused tracks on a rock album, then it can be extraordinary. It's not that worship music has been badlyproduced lately. It's justoften devoid of the Spirit.
Tony Carter

I am appalled that worship songs are added to an album because of pressure from a record label.  One of my hardest trials coming back into the church was because I initially felt I had to be a "cookie cutter Christian," and the thought made me want to run the other way. God's gift to me was allowing me to be myself and even outspoken about my unconventional experiences while coming back to an active faith ...

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