The 1960’s and 1970’s were a time of social strife and moral chaos in the U.S. In the midst of those dark times, lyrics with a spiritual cast arose here and there. They include allusions to Jesus Christ. Here are some examples from The Rascals, a rock group prominent in that time.
Lyrics for A Ray of Hope.
Lyrics for Heaven.
Lyrics for People Got to Be Free.
Here are some other examples of popular music with spiritual lyrics from various artists of that time period.
And here’s a more recent example (1995) of this phenomenon, whereby lyrics touting spiritual values make it past all the worldly hurdles into social consciousness through popular music:
What does it mean that such lyrics can occasionally appear in pop music? That truth can sometimes be found in unlikely places.
“What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed; and in this I rejoice. Yes, and I will rejoice,” – Philippians 1:18 (NASB)