Why Should the Devil
Have All the Good Music?

"I want the world to know that He saved my soul, but I still like to listen to the radio. They say rock ’n’ roll is wrong, they’ll give me one more chance. I feel so good I want to get up and dance. I know what’s right, I know what’s wrong, I don’t confuse it. All I’m really trying to say is, ‘Why should the devil have all the good music?’"
"Why Should the Devil (Have All the Good Music)" Larry Norman

By Frank "Buzz" Trexler
For The (Maryville, TN) Daily Times
October 25, 1996

Several hundred youth crowd to the front of the stage after Carman gives the invitation to accept Jesus Christ into their lives – some come with friends, while others come alone.

"Excuse me," a man shouts in the midst of it all. "This salvation experience you are claiming tonight is false. The music that prompted you to start thinking about it had a downbeat. In fact, I even saw some of you dancing to it, so it must be sin.

"God would not use rock ’n’ roll to spread the Gospel, only the works of classical hymn writers," he says, shaking his fist in admonition. "So, regardless of your attempt at commitment tonight, if you die on the way home you will be absent from the body, but not with the Lord."

That in effect is the statement received by any youth – or adult for that matter – who read a Knoxville newspaper’s report on a ministry targeting Christian rock as compromising with sin.

Jeff Godwin, whose video "What’s Wrong with Christian Rock?" apparently spawned the story, was quoted as saying, "With Christian rock and the other gimmicks of the church, we’re saying the spirit isn’t sufficient to change lives. So we make it easy for people, tell them they don’t have to give up anything to be Christian. Just raise your hand in the heat of the moment and you’ll be OK."


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About Buzz Trexler

Buzz is a married father of two, managing editor for print/online at The (Maryville, TN) Daily Times and pastors Green Meadow United Methodist Church in Alcoa, TN. He is a 1981 graduate of East Tennessee State University, where he is a member of the Mass Communications Department Hall of Fame.


Inside you will find a collection of columns penned by Buzz on topics ranging from the death of Rich Mullins, to his battle with Hepatitis C, to asking the question, "Does God have a sense of humor."

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Buzz talks with those who, as the late Larry Norman would say, "rock the flock." His interviews range from members of Audio Adrenaline, Newsboys, Jars of Clay and Third Day, to David Crowder and more.


Follow Buzz as he travels with Vine International on two different medical misison trips to Guatemala, as well as one with Volunteer Medical Mission. In 1999, he also went to Estonia with a Volunteers in Mission team.

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