Of all the arguments against Christian rock, this one surfaces the most often, and is common to just about all of the critics. They look at the musical style, the general mode of dress, the CD covers, and see a similarity to secular rock. To them, this is an intolerable compromise with the world, which we are to be called out and separate from.
I am not going to discuss specifics of musical rhythms, instruments, or style here. I have covered that elsewhere. I am certainly not advocating inappropriate, immodest modes of dressing, but I am not bothered by somebody that is dressed in an inappropriate style. You can wear the black suit and tie in 110 degree heat to your heart's content!
The thing I will talk about here is compromise. Compromise with the world simply cannot be tolerated, no matter who it is. Many times in these essays I have agreed with critics when there is evidence of compromise on the part of a Christian rock artist. None of us are without sin, however, and a few areas of compromise in a person's life does NOT invalidate their faith or their ministry. There are no degrees of sin, of course, all sin must be dealt with. It is a matter of perception - some sins may be invisible to the public eye, and the Lord can deal with them in private. Others are such a bad witness - it may require public repentance and leaving the public eye.
Having said that, I confess that I, too, have areas in my life where my walk is not where the Lord would have me. I am not going to enumerate these in public for your amusement. They are serious concerns to me, and I am constantly striving towards the mark of perfection and Christlikeness - no matter what the cost.
In over 6 years on the air, I tried to operate the radio program in the most responsible manner possible, treating it as serious ministry with the purpose of leading people to Christ. In spite of this goal, we have probably made some mistakes - but not ones that were intentional compromise with the world. We hold ourselves to high standards, in some respect because of the controversy over Christian rock. Perhaps if we were in some "accepted" ministry, we could relax. Because we are "out there" on the cutting edge of ministry, we have to be beyond reproach. I cannot say the same of those around me - employees and programmers on the radio station we have been involved with. The specific station, and the names of the people are not important.
Beer? Smoking? Domestic abuse? Rage? Theft? Carelessness? Making things easy for secular rock? Ex-CUSE me!!!! That stuff is supposed to be "Christlike"?! I am not saying we are totally beyond reproach, but the incidents above point to some real spiritual PROBLEMS. Who is compromising with the world?