Have you been aghast at the direction popular music is taking? Sexually degrading lyrics? Profanity? Violence? Satanism?

“Award-winning gospel artist Natalie Grant left the Grammys early, refusing to say why,” writes Tyler O’Neil in the Christian Post. “Bloggers speculated that she left in response to Katy Perry’s “satanic” performance or because of a mass wedding of 34 couples that included homosexuals.

1Satanic-themed Grammy performance (YouTube screenshot)

“We left the Grammy’s early. I’ve had many thoughts, most of which are probably better left inside my head,” Grant tweeted that night. The artist kept her message positive, however, declaring, “I’ve never been more honored to sing about Jesus and for Jesus. And I’ve never been more sure of the path I’ve chosen.”

4Natalie Grant on her popular CD cover

“Before Grant walked out, Katy Perry and Juicy J performed the song ‘Dark Horse’ in a manner widely described as ‘satanic,’” reported O’Neil.

Perez Hilton praised the performers as “fiery Satanists,” adding that “we hope KP’s parents weren’t too mad at that Satan-themed performance.”

E! Online tweeted a revealing question, “um, did we just witness actual witchcraft during Katy Perry’s #Grammys performance?”

CatholicVote asked the question ”didn’t you hear Satan attended this year’s Grammy awards?”

Here's what Natalie tweeted:

2Grant’s Twitter message

The problem with popular music is deep and troubling, but there’s a great solution, says Christian author. Al Menconi.

“Are you up for a challenge that could change your life?” he asks. “I’m excited to tell you about my new Christian Music Challenge. You’re probably wondering, ‘What does Christian music have to do with

finding and keeping peace and purpose in a chaotic world?’ I’m glad you asked. The answer is, ‘Everything.’”

The challenge, says Menconi, is to break your addiction to degrading music that is dragging you down.

al's promo hatAl Menconi (provided by Al Menconi)

“Think of all the pressures and stress which can happen every day in your life,” says Menconi. “Do you ever feel that God has given you more than you can handle? In 1 Corinthians 10:13, the Bible clearly tells us that God is faithful and will never give us more than we can bear. We may not be able to change our circumstances, but we can change how we respond to our circumstances.”

Such music giants Michael W. Smith and TobyMac think Menconi is onto something. They and many other Christian leaders all endorse Al Menconi’s new book, The Christian Music Challenge.

3Menconi’s new book

Several Christian radio stations inspired by Al Menconi’s book are encouraging their listeners to listen to more Christian music, but there is so much more to this Challenge than simply avoiding negative entertainment choices and listening to Christian radio.