On Christianity Today at http://www.christianitytoday.com/music/reviews/2007/indiana.html there is a review of Jon McLaughlin’s Indiana CD. At the bottom of the page there is this warning:
Note: Be aware that there are two version of Indiana available. The original mainstream release includes the song “Amelia’s Missing” which contains the line, “How in the hell am I supposed to find the one that I love?” The Christian market release replaces that track with the ballad “Proud Father,” a six-minute ballad about unconditional love that could be interpreted as a variation on “Well done, good and faithful servant.”
I have seen this before. The Christian media outlets edit out all “curse” words for the Christian market. Often the artist, who happens to be a believer, has included that curse word for a reason.
Without listening the the song or reading the lyrics, I could read McLaughlin’s line as one of two things: the angst felt by every single man (or woman for that matter) OR our quest for the one true living God. Either way, the line makes sense.
What are your thoughts on this? Should all Christian CDs (DVDs, etc) be “family-friendly”? Would it be hypicritical or real to create Christian CDs with a rating scheme?