micThe other day, it took me about 20 minutes to even realize the radio station that was on wasn’t Christian. That really shocked me. I mean, think about it. Jesus Christ has called us to not be conformed to this world, and yet our music, which is supposed to worship God alone, is so close to secular music that few can tell the difference.

Take Jamie Grace’s “Hold Me” song. Jamie Grace is a new singer in the Christian circle and I know many like her, but her song, “Hold Me” is very different from other Christian songs. Here are the lyrics:

I love, I love, I love, I love the way you hold me
I love, I love, I love, I love the way you hold me
I love, I love, I love, I love the way you hold me
I love, I love, I love, I love the way you, the way you

I’ve had a long day, I just wanna relax
Don’t have time for my friends, no time to chit chat
Problems at my job, wonderin’ what to do
I know I should be working but I’m thinking of you and

Just when I feel this crazy world is gonna bring me down
That’s when your smile comes around

Oh, I love the way you hold me, by my side you’ll always be
You take each and every day, make it special in some way
I love the way you hold me, in your arms I’ll always be
You take each and every day, make it special in some way

I love you more than the words in my brain can express
I can’t imagine even loving you less

Lord, I love the way you hold me
Whoa, oh, I love the way you hold me
Whoa, oh

Well ya, took my day and you flipped it around
Calmed the tidal wave and put my feet on the ground
Forever in my heart, always on my mind
It’s crazy how I think about you all of the time

And just when I think I’m ’bout to figure you out
You make me wanna sing and shout

I love the way you hold me, by my side you’ll always be
You take each and every day, make it special in some way
I love the way you hold me, in your arms I’ll always be
You take each and every day, make it special in some way

I love you more than the words in my brain can express
I can’t imagine even loving you less

Lord, I love the way you hold me
Whoa, oh, I love the way you hold me
Whoa, oh

I’m so grateful and thankful for all you’ve done
Wish I could tell you in a short story or poem
But all I have is my voice and this guitar
And you have my heart

Oh, I love the way you hold me, by my side you’ll always be
You take each and every day, make it special in some way
I love the way you hold me, in your arms I’ll always be
You take each and every day, every day, every

I love the way you hold me, by my side you’ll always be
You take each and every day oh-so-special
I love the way you hold me, in your arms I’ll always be
You take each and every day, make it special in some way

I love you more than the words in my brain can express
I can’t imagine even loving you less

Lord, I love the way you hold me
Whoa, oh, I love the way you hold me
Whoa, oh
Oh, I love

I love, I love, I love, I love the way you hold me
I love, I love, I love, I love the way you hold me
I love, I love, I love, I love the way you hold me, hold me, hold me

Now, Jamie probably really does have good intentions and is saved, but her song is very culture. Out of all 558 words, the only clear references to God are the name “Lord” three times. That is a total of 0.005% of the song.

Now, someone could say the whole song is about God, and I’m sure Jamie means it to be that way, but look at the lyrics and take out the three “Lord”. What do you have? A song that could be about any guy or girl!

If this were a secular song, would you let your kid listen to it? Think of what the words are saying! This kind of music disturbs me greatly. And then, in line 20, Jamie addresses God as “ya”? Back in the day, one couldn’t even say God’s name because it was so Holy. But now we have people calling God, “ya”? That drives me crazy!

About Jacob Howard

A writer and Christian, I thank God for letting me see the Salvation offered by His Son and I am eternally grateful for the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Son of God!

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