I have nothing against Christian radio or Christian music.*
That is my necessary disclaimer.
In Philadelphia there is one Christian radio station and its tagline is “Positive & Encouraging.” In Phoenix, there are 93 Christian radio stations (<–perhaps a slight exaggeration) and most of them have a similar tagline. It's as though the Christian radio world thinks that we could solve the world's problems if we just would think happy thoughts and listen to happy music.
But I can't blame them. They simply reflect our Christian culture: the way to overcome our problems is by the power of positive thinking. We think that by our cliches, full of rainbows and silver linings, we can overcome the death and decay we see everyday. And the world stands by in utter disbelief. What insanity is it that sprinkles phrases like "everything happens for a reason" over the death of a two year old who spent his life suffering from Leukemia?
If the real source of our unhappiness is allowing Satan to "steal our joy" and "if we just need to stay positive" then why the hell did Jesus come? It is only against the backdrop of "yes, it really is that bad” that the severity of the Cross makes any sense. We have softened the depth of brokenness in our world in order to justify the Creator, but in our attempts we have made irrelevant the work of the Redeemer.
It’s okay to admit it: there really are terrible and unspeakable things going on in our world. God’s a big boy, he can handle the criticism. In fact, if you continue to live in denial, guarding yourself with the shield of “If you would just stay positive, everything will work out in the end,” the world will (rightly) stop listening. It is not our ability to “find the good” in a situation that makes us Christian. That often just makes us annoying. Nor is it that Jesus will make our bad situations into good ones. Instead, it is that we believe God has seen all suffering and that Christ is his response. The good is not in the situation but is in the person of Jesus. It is Jesus himself that redeems situations, not those crumbs of good we find tucked away in the couch of despair.
*My wife often listens to Christian music & I have seen how this has been a spiritual benefit to her and am grateful.