Does it Really Matter What Music I Listen to?
Written by Christi Given | December 26, 2011
Music has been called a “universal language.” It can evoke emotion and passion; it can change your mood; and it sends powerful messages. As a Christian, you should care what you are watching, listening to and spending your money on!
Music today is different from music in the 50s and 60s, when popular songs were “Hound Dog” and “I Want to Hold Your Hand.” Over time, many of the messages in music have become vulgar. Sometimes I mention this to people and tell them I used to listen to certain artists but stopped because of the negative messages. Some respond, “It’s just music,” or “it’s just a song.” But I believe music is deeper that this.
How you have fallen from heaven,
morning star, son of the dawn!
You have been cast down to the earth,
you who once laid low the nations!
You said in your heart,
“I will ascend to the heavens;
I will raise my throne
above the stars of God;
I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly,
on the utmost heights of Mount Zaphon.
I will ascend above the tops of the clouds;
I will make myself like the Most High.”
But you are brought down to the realm of the dead,
to the depths of the pit (Isaiah 14:12).
I care what kind of music I listen to because when you listen to a musician who projects negative, harmful, or perverted messages, you are supporting those messages.
I understand that at events like weddings, birthdays, and dances, there inevitably will be a variety of music. Everyone needs to have a balance in life–I am not saying only listen to Christian music. What I am presenting is guidance regarding what you are listening to, watching, and supporting.
Think of a little sister or brother or cousin who could be harmed by some of the music on the radio. In my opinion, all music isn’t the same. There are a select few artists who are truly gifted and use their gifts positively, but at times I have to change the station on the radio because I’m appalled at the messages of many songs.
Think about the music you listen to and evaluate if it lines up with God’s best for you and His Word.
PI girls, what kind of music do you enjoy? No right or wrong answers!