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Does it Really Matter What Music I Listen to?

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.

Music influences us more than we realize. It is so amazing because worship began with the angels in heaven, and Satan was cast down because of pride.

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!

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  1. jball4jesus

    Posted by jball4jesus on April 16, 2013 at 19:55

    Don’t you kno that satan is the the decieving imitator of God. We should kno that satan has come to kill and destroy mankind, even as an angel of light, but when we’re tempted remind the devil his end and that he is defeated and his end is near so then he cannot take advantage and accuse you with impure self indulging thoughts all is permmitted to you but not all edifies u. Walk in the spirit with God not according to your flesh and earthly desires.

  2. jball4jesus

    Posted by jball4jesus on April 16, 2013 at 02:55

    Furthermore jus because they don’t curse or don’t speak about extreme or vulgar sinfull content, does not mean that it doesn’t offend the holyspirit

  3. jball4jesus

    Posted by jball4jesus on April 16, 2013 at 02:48

    I was reading each comment and as I scrolled down I noticed that all comments were touching on many thoughts and ideas. Nevertheless, we have to understand that nothing was made without him, nothing was made for itself but for his honor and for his glory. secular artist even spritual Christian artists many times falling into a spirit of self glorification eventhough it may seem like a positive uplifting motivating messege we have to understand that we are not to conform to the ways of this world even the things in it.the lord says to pick up your cross and walk, to deny ourselves for it is he that has made us and not we ourselves for ourselves. We are 100% fullfilled with peace hope and love when we trust only in Jesus. So then when u listen or watch whatever enters your heart if it be with a selfrighteous spirit then it does not conform to what God has called us for.gaurd your hearts my children. For the enemy is as a roaring lion seeking who he may devour. Domt give the devil any advantage.

  4. Project Inspired

    Posted by YouHadMeAt_Believe on September 25, 2012 at 17:06

    I LOVE Christian music 🙂 But I listen to that ALL the time now, I mean, I like it, just like that, i don’t really need the others… but I do like Ed Sheeran, he is AMAZING :O And his songs (apart from maybe Drunk), are really good, no swearing and vulgar subjects, he really talks about great things, like drugs, and people dealing with drugs, miscarriage, and love 🙂 I also love this artist called IWXO, his name is originally Nathan Darmody, and he used to be part of the band Allstar Weekend, but now, he’s solo, and sings BEAUTIFUL music 🙂 And he’s Christian 🙂

  5. Project Inspired

    Posted by musicgirl on September 21, 2012 at 23:23

    I just found this blog and signed up so I could leave a comment. I think music is cool. 🙂 I grew up loving that teenybopper, bubblegum pop style of music, mainly the songs led by young female singers. I’ll go ahead and admit it was the early Britney Spears and stuff like that. That was before I became a Christian, and I was about ten years old; it’s what was popular on the radio and with my school friends, so it became my style. That’s just it. At ten, I probably didn’t give one thought to the lyrics, what I was putting into my head; I just thought it sounded cool, with all the beats and the crazy electronic effects. I didn’t discover Christian radio until I was about twelve years old, and I was captured when I first discovered artists like Rachael Lampa and ZOEgirl. I was a big fan of Avalon for several years. Now at twenty-three, I am still a huge bubblegum pop fan, but these days I listen to a lot of Natalie Grant, Britt Nicole, Kerrie Roberts, Francesca Battistelli, and I have recently re-discovered one of my old favs – ZOEgirl, and I’m now familiar with a lot mor Jump5 stuff than I ever heard on Christian radio.

  6. thespiritualwarrior7

    Posted by thespiritualwarrior7 on June 15, 2012 at 13:01

    My two favorite songs of all time are ‘All You Need Is Love’ and ‘Let It Be’, by The Beatles. I also like ‘One Day’, by Matisyahu. Neither are christian bands, but the lyrics are hopeful and uplifting. I recommend them!

  7. Loving.Lexie

    Posted by Loving.Lexie on May 9, 2012 at 16:10

    Oh, yeah. It makes a difference. Music is the soundtrack to your life-make sure it’s inspiring you to live it right.

  8. Project Inspired

    Posted by nomieatedurface on March 23, 2012 at 21:40

    Lately I listen to more music that I can play on my ukulele, like “Somewhere over the Rainbow” and “You’ve Got a Friend in Me.” I also like Christian bands (especially Tenth Avenue North), and some alternative/oldies music as long as it’s not vulgar.

  9. Project Inspired

    Posted by HNiji on March 18, 2012 at 19:32

    Most of the music I listen to is either gospel or Japanese pop. Recently I discovered a K-Pop group called SNSD. It sounds nice, but I’m not sure I should continue listening to those girls. :/

  10. tyt_s

    Posted by tyt_s on March 16, 2012 at 19:43

    Love Taylor Swift, Hillsong, Lecrae (basically all Christian songss). Also like to listen to Jay Chou. The most important thing when I listen to a song is look at its lyrics 😀

  11. Project Inspired

    Posted by k.l on January 30, 2012 at 09:14

    I love Taylor Swift!! And ever heard of Addison Road? They’re a really good, Christian band! Britt Nicole, Coldplay, ZOEgirl, Sixpence None the Richer, and Meredith Andrews are some of my other favorites. BarlowGirl is ok sometimes but can get a little annoying.

  12. Project Inspired

    Posted by Paypay13 on January 11, 2012 at 13:23

    Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Victoria Justice. I also like Britt Nicole. She’s a christian singer and is really, really good! 🙂 I love her music! If you haven’t listened to her, you should look her up on Youtube! Walk on water, Headphones and Believe are good. 🙂

  13. Project Inspired

    Posted by Waterfalls on January 5, 2012 at 17:48

    I listen to a lot of rock music, Breaking Benjamin, Three Days Grace, Evanescence, Paramore, etc. I also listen to Christian rock bands as well such as Skillet, Red, Thousand Foot Krutch, Relient K, etc. I just love rock music, it usually has a good lyrics, a fast beat (I also like soft rock) and usually sounds best loud 🙂

  14. kala12395

    Posted by kala12395 on December 30, 2011 at 21:16

    I love country music!! There are so many country artists that love God are not afraid to show it throughout their music.

  15. Project Inspired

    Posted by americangirl on December 30, 2011 at 17:21

    classic rock and blues, mostly from the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s.
    some things aren’t really appropriate, even from then, however. :/

  16. Project Inspired

    Posted by JennaBel on December 30, 2011 at 10:23

    I really like Selena Gomez’s music, Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, David Archuleta, Scotty McCreery, and a whole bunch of country music. 🙂 There are three artists on the charts today that I really don’t care for, and they would be Katy Perry, Lady GaGa, and Ke$ha. They’re music doesn’t portray good messages to kids and teens who are listening, so I don’t like them very much at all.

  17. Project Inspired

    Posted by God is in my corazon on December 30, 2011 at 09:42

    Your right it is important what music you listen to because if your listening to a song with messages that offend God then you are ok with the messages that the song is saying and that wont please God at all.

  18. Project Inspired

    Posted by teenempath on December 29, 2011 at 18:09

    I love three different kinds of music headbanging music, hip hop and r&b, and 80’s music.

    A-lot of people assume headbanging music is all about drugs, and suicide and all sends negative messages and this not true. Yes, there are some headbanging songs with bad messages but the truth is many of the lyrics to these songs are quite colorful. My mom a junior English teacher used the lyrics I handed her of Vermilion by Slipknot to explain figurative language to her class.

  19. Project Inspired

    Posted by Nisa on December 29, 2011 at 10:12

    Music has a huge influence on what I start to think and what I start to believe. I’m one of the biggest lovers of music so I love all kinds and sing all kinds and play all kinds. But I REALLY have to guard what it is that I allow myself to listen to.

  20. Project Inspired

    Posted by galeprimrue on December 29, 2011 at 09:02

    I love country music! Especially artists like Rascal Flatts, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift, and The Band Perry, the ones that don’t send bad messages in their songs!

  21. Project Inspired

    Posted by 411UrGR8 on December 28, 2011 at 14:24

    I agree like I still listen to Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber:), Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift a bunch of non-Christian artists. I mean I listen to a ton of Christian to just not the really vulgur and trashy music.

  22. Project Inspired

    Posted by AngelAlly on December 28, 2011 at 10:16

    I like country artists like Carrie Underwood, Martina Mcbride, and recently got into Faith Hill, Taylor Swift. Then I like classical music and soundtracks. I also enjoy some broadway musicals. Oh and I’m about to forget Celine Dion and Enya. Then I recently got into Christian music by listening to Klove. I like Tenth Avenue North, Brandon Heath, and a bunch of other artists there’s too many to list. Right now I’m trying to do the Klove listen to only Christian music for 30 days challenge. This is day one lol.

  23. Project Inspired

    Posted by luvJesusInHeavn on December 27, 2011 at 23:28

    I listen to a variety of music. I usually listen to instrumental music (no vocals, or words), and I do enjoy classical sometimes. I also listen to Asian pop (i.e. Jpop, Kpop on occasion) and also Christian music of course! I recommend Hillsong United as a Christian band, they are AMAZING! 😀

  24. amberfishnets00

    Posted by amberfishnets00 on December 27, 2011 at 20:59

    This is definitely a God-incidence. After the Lady Gaga exposé a while back I’d paid more attention to what I was listening to…trying to find hidden dark messages. But besides Lady Gaga I didn’t really care what I listened to but I couldn’t really decide whether or not this was serious and now I know. Great article!

  25. Project Inspired

    Posted by Laura Jo on December 27, 2011 at 17:27

    I <3 Jonny Diaz!!! He's so good and always makes me smile :)And Hillsong 🙂

  26. Project Inspired

    Posted by Ann Marie on December 27, 2011 at 12:46

    I enjoy music on WBGL the local Christian radio station. I think you guys should put more Christian music up here for us to listen to, I always like when you do.

  27. Project Inspired

    Posted by RachelMarie on December 27, 2011 at 10:46

    I think what some people don’t realize, is that evil spirits are real. If an artist makes music led by these evil spirits, they can get to you too. its not just make believe, or stories, or something that happened only in the Bible times. its real, and it happens even now.

  28. Project Inspired

    Posted by Deesign on December 27, 2011 at 09:50

    one aspect that you didn’t mention is that the lyrics of songs get stuck in our heads. At least I have found that a song I may have only listened to a few times will replay in my head over and over and over… These thoughts conveyed in these songs are often bad and corrupting. thee is no such thing as just a song.I only listen to Christ pleasing songs because I don’t want the devil to influence my mind.

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by Kasey on December 30, 2011 at 09:24

      So true, my family switched from country to christan when I was eight, and I still remember songs with evil lyrics. And when I go to places like the skating rink and I here songs like Last Friday Night, they get stuck in my head, then I relise I’m singing them aloud and my little sister is listening to me. Remember, if you would feel ashamed to nlisten to a song in front of Jesus, its not a good song to listen to period.

  29. Project Inspired

    Posted by CatTheJournalist on December 27, 2011 at 09:02

    Taylor Swift!

  30. Project Inspired

    Posted by JustineTime023 on December 26, 2011 at 21:30

    there are times when I care and there are times when I just don’t. I think for me, it depends who sings the songs ex: when Carrie Underwood has Jesus Take The Wheel and at the same time she also has Before He Cheats on her album; she has So Small and at the same time Last Name… for me, she is very influential because she sings great inspirational songs, but I wouldn’t do the things she said on her song Before He Cheats (…I dug my keys into the side of his pretty little souped up four wheel drive… <– famous line)because I know what is wrong and right. it just depends on the people who will listen and how will they cope up with the lyrics. and I believe that if you have the faith and strength, whatever song you will listen to will not hinder you on what you believe in 🙂 I listen to Christian music, but that doesn't mean I shouldn't listen to some metal . there are some songs even though it may sound awkward, it has very deep meaning that would either inspire us or make us bad…

    lastly, there are some songs that challenge our faith (Like Lady Gaga's songs or any other "bad messaged songs"), I think with those songs, it makes our beliefs stronger because even though we listen to them, we always put our guards up and still believe in God…

    again, just an opinion 🙂 <3 <3 <3

  31. Project Inspired

    Posted by born2entertain on December 26, 2011 at 21:05

    I usually listen to music that is Christian and rated-G. No cursing or implied, subliminal, or sometimes, straight-out themes. It can sometimes be a challenge as a Broadway lover, as I listen to music that uses the Lord’s name in vain, and has curse words sometimes throughout. I try to substiture though with “darn” and “gosh”. Overall, I find myself enjoying music by people like TobyMac and Matthew West, because I can relate to it, it keeps me from cursing, it gives me good thoughts and inspiration, and I know my parents and God would approve. 🙂

  32. Project Inspired

    Posted by BeMyLoveStory on December 26, 2011 at 20:49

    I love Taylor Swift, Christmas songs, and just random songs that get popular and play on the radio (I guess this is where some of the music may not be the best).

  33. Liliandil486

    Posted by Liliandil486 on December 26, 2011 at 20:40

    I think one of the best songs that represents this concept is “Control” by Royal Tailor. I highly represent that song 😀 I listen to mainly Christian artists, but I also love Adam Young/Owl City (He is a strong Christian) and Taylor Swift.

  34. Project Inspired

    Posted by dana13se on December 26, 2011 at 20:40

    Some of my favorites are Taylor Swift, Demi Lovato (with the the exception of “Who’s That Boy”), Selena Gomez (her uplifting ones, at least), Amy Grant, and Miley Cyrus (only her earlier stuff, like when she first released music under her real name).

  35. Paris

    Posted by Paris on December 26, 2011 at 20:33

    I like Christian music and inspirational music. There are some songs I like that are neither,but I makes sure they are not negative.