Survey of mercy music missions
Christianity Today has posted a good piece on social awareness and activism among evangelical Christian musicians. It briefly chronicles the movement and also draws an important distinction: …something more than endorsement is happening in contemporary Christian music. Artists are directly immersing themselves and their audiences in missions to hurting people, whether they are six blocks or 6,000 miles away. They are stepping to the forefront to address poverty, human trafficking, HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other fatal diseases, taking personal responsibility to invest in grassroots work. The piece talks about the Bono factor, how most are avoiding “the minefield of short-term missions,” and how the upheaval in the music industry aids musicians invested in missions. Definitely worth your read. Also see: Jars of Clay: Clean Water, Clean Blood Sara Groves: Less Charity, More Justice Steven Curtis Chapman: Beauty Will Rise Derek Webb: A Different Kind of Neighbor Third Day: Diversification Is the Key To get your church involved in what God is doing to awaken mercy missions through music, click here.