I help teach my parish’s after-school religious education class. On Fridays, after classes at the local Catholic school end, students can stay behind for food, games, and more education in the faith. (For example: Today we discussed the gifts the 3 Wise Men brought Jesus.)
While passing out snacks to the kids at the start of the class, the other teachers have a habit of playing music, in order to help people relax and have fun. The criteria are: Does it mention God in some way? Is it appropriate for middle schoolers?
Maybe because they’d heard it before, or just didn’t like it, a lot of the kids objected to “God’s Not Dead” by The Newsboys.*
So, we teachers went to another song:
Soon, the kids were asking “Who sings this?” So we got the chance to educate them about The Beach Boys. Based on the lack of objection, the kids enjoyed the song. Philippians 4:8 in action.** 🙂
I think “God’s Not Dead” is a decent song.
But: If I had to choose which “boys” to show to kids — The Newsboys or The Beach Boys — I’d pick The Beach Boys.
*One thing that’s always bugged me about “God’s Not Dead”:
At 1:28 — 1:32, The Newsboys clearly say “My god’s not dead, he’s surely a lie.”
**“Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things.”