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Q&A – Should I only listen to Christian music?

Teen Girl Listens to Music

Question:

So I was wondering about Christian music… I love listening to it but my friends don’t listen to Christian music much at all. So when I’m with them in their car or at a party I find myself singing along [to their music]. Do I tell them I don’t want to listen to that or what should I do?

Answer:

This is such a good question! One of my readers wrote a post a while ago about listening to songs that glorify God. In the comments section there are some wonderful song suggestions. They may not all be Christian songs, but they have an uplifting theme. Here is a link to all of my posts that talk about music…the good, the bad, and the VERY bad! I think you can listen to secular music, but you should be aware of which artists have terrible messages (see: Ke$ha, Katy Perry, and Nicki Minaj) or devilish intentions and share what you know with your friends. That way, you aren’t isolating yourself, but you’re also helping others make smart choices about the kinds of songs they allow to enter their heads and their hearts.

Girls, what do you think? What do you do when you’re with friends who are listening to music that you consider inappropriate?

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  1. feministgoddess

    Posted by feministgoddess on January 15, 2014 at 08:51

    Christian music is honestly just terrible. I can’t stand listening to it at all. Especially Christian rock. There’s really nothing wrong with secular music.

  2. Project Inspired

    Posted by ZERO on December 28, 2012 at 17:20

    i listen to mayhem

  3. Project Inspired

    Posted by ckemp on May 21, 2012 at 17:13

    Nicole, I don’t listen to Christian music, hardly at all i don’t know why i just don’t like it I LOVE praise and worship music and i listen to that but i mainly listen to country and i monitor the ones that i do listen to. i don’t listen to lady gaga or anything but i go to a private school and when i say that i don’t listen to Christian music they stare at me like I’ve committed the biggest sin ever in their minds! PLEASE ANSWER!!

  4. Project Inspired

    Posted by GraceS7 on April 11, 2012 at 15:53

    I decided 8 months ago to listen only to christian music and some time to listen to secular music that talks about faith and many of my friends asked me when I can listen to secular music and I just said them that I made a promise and I like to be different not being one of them :)

  5. Project Inspired

    Posted by kelaiboo on February 12, 2012 at 00:41

    I love praise invasion! They do Christian versions of songs like Super Bass

  6. Project Inspired

    Posted by GodsDaughter on December 29, 2011 at 13:16

    I think i listen to a bit more country and pop, than i do christian. i don’t think God minds as long as the lyrics aren’t affecting you in a bad way.
    Taylor Swift, for example, doesn’t write christian music, but her music isn’t full of curse words and its about one of the hugest things God created, LOVE! i”m right that listening to her music isnt bad right?

  7. Project Inspired

    Posted by Jackie on December 20, 2011 at 11:37

    idk…personally for me…i just listen to a lot of christian rap music and christian pop music…sometimes i catch myself humming secular music that is not considered “bad” but the only thing is…i dont want to get to caught up in regular music….

  8. jwlmichelle

    Posted by jwlmichelle on December 9, 2011 at 16:44

    thank you for sharing this. I’m a pk and it’s kind of hard to set an example for the rest of my youth group because of music… it’s funny how music has so much influence on our lives

  9. Project Inspired

    Posted by aliceinapark on December 2, 2011 at 16:39

    I think music you listen to doesn’t have to be necessarily labeled as “Christian/Gospel” but you should try to separate music as a good influence or bad. Of course, Christian music is very inspiring and good. I love Hillsong United, Starfield, Chris Tomlin, and many others. You might think Christian music is “boring” or “bad”, but some songs are actually very catchy and inspiring. You might even catch yourself singing or humming them! Try to stay away from mainstream music because some/most songs have cuss words/bad words. But that doesn’t mean you have to completely seclude yourself from all secular music. Just ask God for discernment to decide what songs to listen to or not. :)

  10. Project Inspired

    Posted by lia_14 on November 25, 2011 at 17:25

    Most of my friends know a rule about me. when ur with me no cussing. most girls are like WAT???? i just explain. about music im not that strict. i listen to their music but if its like really really bad like cussing every other word i would say turn that off. Im used 2 ppl giving me dirty looks and everything because im not like them and i explain that, i am proud of being differnt!!!

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by Blondie on January 7, 2012 at 22:30

      I truelly think its great that you dont allow cussing! Being different is a GREAT thing, as long as its a good different! Keep it lia_14! May God Bless you!:)

  11. Posted by on November 25, 2011 at 08:52

    Most of my songs are chritian, but I have some other songs that aren’t chritian, but its not like they don’t glorify God. I love Swichfoot, 21pilots, Franccesca Battistelli, Hillsong United, etc. I stay away from music that’s on WNCI (a secular music station) but it seems like everytime my friends are driving me somewhere they have it on, it bugs me. I try to show them my music and they like it, but they say they cant find any other good radio stations. I hate it alot. We usually listen to 104.9 (a grown-up-y christian radio station) alot, but it gets old fast for my music sense, but I don’t like RadioU because it has screamo stuff that I hate. So I end up taking my iPod everywhere and send my friends texts listing good music, but they still have WNCI on.
    They don’t realize how much they mindlessly start singing the bad messages in those songs and I tell them alot “don’t you realize what the message is in that song?” but they’ll just say “but it’s so catchy!” many times. Satan has pretty much disguised himself into pretty or catchy songs. It pains me to see my friends listen to it.