When I was a fundie pup, this sort of Christian pop music was strictly verboten. “Be in the world, not of it” was taken a little too literally. My parents saved me from the Floppies of the Beast.
DeGarmo & Key were the first Christian group to have a music video appear on MTV. The original video for the song “Six, Six, Six” was one of a number of videos that MTV pulled from rotation due to violent content. The purge was a public reaction to the U.S. Senate hearings on sex and violence in music. MTV had ironically misinterpreted the song “Six, Six, Six” as an anti-Christian statement. According to industry news reports at the time, MTV exec Sandra Sparrow was unaware that DeGarmo & Key were a Christian band when she included the video in a list of videos to be excised. An embarrassed MTV allowed DeGarmo & Key to submit a re-edited version, which was placed back into rotation. Removed from the re-edited video was a short scene of a man representing the Antichrist being set on fire.