No, All Christian Content Shouldn’t Be Free

A few years ago, when I was a pastor, I had a hard time explaining to a rather cranky member why we, as a church, had to pay for a license to use Christian music in our worship services. "They should give it away freely. Why do I have to pay for it? I thought this was ministry. Why they are out to make money?" What made this man's beef all the more interesting is that I had just concluded, a day earlier, a long conversation with him about what he considered unfair pay at his work. The irony was lost on him, but not me. But alas, this complaint about Christian content costing money is one I've heard in a variety of forms most of my adult life. It goes something like this: Christian publishers should not be so eager to make money. Why not give their books away free? Christian musicians...

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