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

Teen Girl Listens to Music


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?


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. Project Inspired

    Posted by GracieOfGod on July 31, 2015 at 11:50

    To you guys who are saying how bland and boring Christian music is, have you ever checked out some different styles of Christian? Christian only has to do with lyrics, everything else is free reign as far as style. If you like music that will get you on your feet, check out Israel and the New Breed, Clint Brown, Martha Munizzi, and Hezekiah Walker. That’s my jam! I also totally recommend Indiana Bible College. They have some rad stuff in all genres!!!

  2. Project Inspired

    Posted by GracieOfGod on July 31, 2015 at 11:47

    Great question, and wise answer! Here are my two cents:
    I really feel like this is a heart question, rather than just a music question. I once heard an awesome man of God say “there are worldly songs, and there are secular songs. Not all secular songs are evil. Happy Birthday is a secular song, but it’s not evil.” Songs like Happy by Pharrell and What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong are not songs about God, but they’re innocent and fun. Here’s the real question: Are we seeing how close we can get to the line, or are we turning with humble hearts toward God and asking “Lord, what can I do to be closer to You and make You happy”? It’s tough to be humble like that and give our life decisions to God. It’s especially tough with friends. I’ve found (at least with my friends) that if you ask “hey, I’m really not comfortable listening to this. Can we put in my CD instead?” They’re pretty cool about it.
    For me, when I listen to worldly music, I feel grimy inside. I want to get away and just worship, getting all cleaned up again in His presence.
    So, I’d say just seek God’s face, ask for His wisdom, and have faith that He will show you THE best answer for everybody (James 1:5-8)

  3. Lova

    Posted by Lova on July 26, 2015 at 15:17

    I can’t stand Christian music, sorry. It sounds very bland and mellow, which is something I don’t like. I listen to a lot of psychedelic/alt/indie rock like MGMT & Bastille. I try to limit my exposure to bad messages. For the most part, the bands I like don’t have many bad songs anyway.

  4. ames1796

    Posted by ames1796 on July 26, 2015 at 06:09

    Katy Perry’s “Unconditional” song I believe has a Christian message but the rest of hers do not.
    Try listening to FM Reset. I know they don’t have any songs at the moment, but there purpose is to put out songs that have thy message of hope on order to reach both the Christian and secular communities. They are a young band that could use some encouragement from Christians as to if they are on the right path :) they have a lot of God given talent and a desire to use it for His glory.

    • ames1796

      Posted by ames1796 on July 26, 2015 at 06:12

      Sorry, they do have songs. I forgot the “m” in many. 😛 check them out on youtube. They have originals and covers with a hopeful message.

  5. giwaffe

    Posted by giwaffe on July 25, 2015 at 23:04

    Uhmmm. It’s perfectly fine to listen to secular music. I really like Nicki Minaj, Lady Gaga, and all the other artists that you would probably call “evil” or whatever. You shouldn’t build a wall around yourself. If you are mature and confident in your faith there shouldn’t be any trouble listening to music like that. I love Jesus, I love songs with curse words in them. Oh well.

  6. May All Your Bacon Burn

    Posted by May All Your Bacon Burn on July 25, 2015 at 21:54

    I think I tend to listen for a general theme: are they uplifting? Do the songs help me find positive and Godly thoughts through the message I hear, even if their intended message is less-than wholesome? Then I listen. If I begin to notice an unwholesome message, even if it’s in a wholesome song or from a Christian artist, then I don’t. If anyone questions my decision, I explain where I’m coming from and how I view the music. I know my reasons, and I try my hardest to keep others from stumbling in spite of my reasons.

  7. write4life

    Posted by write4life on July 18, 2015 at 12:00

    I listen to mostly Christian music and it rocks! I sometimes listen to Owl City, who is a Christian but doesn’t always sing Christian songs. His newest album is mostly Christian though. I suggest, for people enjoy pop, Britt Nicole, 1 Girl Nation, and OBB. For acoustic people, Ellie Holcomb, Gungor (a little electronic), and Brandon Heath. Those are just a few suggestions, if you type Christa. Followed by the genre you can get a bunch of good albums.

  8. snowsong

    Posted by snowsong on January 12, 2015 at 15:41

    I have my limits with Christian music—I go for more of the indie music type, but I’ve done my research and I’ve found indie Christian music! Not only does it sound good and fit my music taste, but doesn’t fill me with bad messages.

    The problem is, you may not think you’re relishing in all of those bad words and messages that you listen to in songs, but it still has a way of sticking with you and influencing you without you noticing. As a music enthusiast, I know that everyone likes what they like! I loooove calmer music, and rock sometimes doesn’t do it for me.

    But really, just go for what you like, but pay attention to your conscious. God will let you know what’s right and what’s wrong! ♥

  9. 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.

  10. Project Inspired

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

    i listen to mayhem

  11. 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!!

  12. 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 :)

  13. 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

  14. 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?

  15. 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….

  16. 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

  17. 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. :)

  18. 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!:)

  19. 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.