I have been lately thinking, consciously, about why I listen to Christian Gospel songs. My reasons have changed in the past many times. At first, it was just the spiritual experience, the feeling of getting close to God and in an attempt to not be completely carried away by the secular world. Through time it became a way of inspiration, and again the feelings that someone unconditionally loves me, and that I am never truly alone even when I am out in the deserts for one reason or another.
Lately, it has definitely become my source of hope, faith in God and the world and pure spiritual refilling. The Ethiopia Gospel Music is no different from other Evangelical or other denominations of Christians in its message and the urge to help feed ones soul, except on one thing. Every album carries a way of giving the Christians hope and to over look the poverty and troubles they are in - along the lines of: you may be a beggar on the streets, but the lord loves you. If you have got him, you don't need anything else.
It has always been my theory that the poorer people are, the more they tend to be spiritually committed and satisfied. The rich tends to stop and ask far too many times in their lives questioning the empty feelings they experience even when surrounded by hundreds of others.
I am not saying the rich are not spiritually strong, but rather no body experiences spiritual strength than the people in poverty . I believe spiritual strength comes through pain, and the rich rarely get the chance to go through this experience.