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    Girl to Girl Talk: “Should Christians Listen to Secular and Explicit Music?”

    Every week I go through the “Girl Talk” section of Project Inspired and look for those seeking advice and council. I want to help answer some questions you may have about living out your Christian walk of faith and any miscellaneous topics! We want PI to be a safe place where you can ask questions and become bold in your faith. We love you, PI readers!

    This week’s question is about listening to secular music. A PI reader posted:

    “I LOVE Hillsong United, Third Day, and Newsboys but I ALSO like Pitbull, Katy Perry, and Eminem. Should I be listening to them?”

    Read the entire post here.

    PI readers, it is inevitable that, in our culture, we’ll be exposed to different types of media. There are different opinions about whether you should listen to secular or Christian music, but the biggest concern isn’t whether or not you listen to worldly music–ultimately, it is why you listen to what you do that matters most.

    Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things (Philippians 4:8).

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    Personally, I love worship music because it brings me closer to the Lord. I love singing praises to Him and I love the positive lyrics. There are also secular artists who sing positive music as well, but who are not labeled as “gospel” or “Christian.” Each individual needs to use wisdom and pray regarding what they are listening to.

    In certain situations such as celebrations, weddings and parties, there may be secular music playing, so we need to be aware of society and culture–but that doesn’t mean we need to listen to secular music all the time. It also doesn’t mean to be extreme and hide under a rock to avoid all secular music. God knows your heart and your motives. Ask yourself how the music makes you feel and if it is drawing you closer to or away from God.

    Since, then you have been raised with Christ, set your HEARTS on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your MINDS on things above, not on earthly things…Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires, and greed, which is idolatry because of these the wrath of God is coming. You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips…put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge, in the image of its Creator (Colossians 3:1-2, 5-8, 10).

    If the music you listen to has cussing, vulgarity or if it is sending a message that is not of God, you might want to refrain from listening to that type of music. There is so much power in words, what we sing and what we allow in our minds. What we speak out or sing out, for that matter, has power.

    As you grow in maturity in your faith, you will WANT to listen to music that edifies your spirit and that draws you to God. When I was younger I didn’t realize the influence of music and that some music wasn’t good for my soul. With maturity and growing nearer to the Lord, I use my discretion and now prefer more positive music.

    Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind (Romans 12:2).

    Does what you listen to bring you closer to the Lord, closer to what we are aiming for as believers? Or does it make you stumble, think negative thoughts or make poor decisions in life? You need to work out these choices in your life and at the end of the day, it is really a condition of the heart.

    Nowhere in the Bible does it say, “Don’t listen to secular music,” but there are plenty of scriptures that tell you to fix your eyes on Jesus and the truth (the Word of God). I don’t believe you will go to hell for listening to worldly music and you shouldn’t be extreme in your decisions or in your faith, but definitely be aware of music’s messages.

    Music has power. Music can influence your mood, your emotions and can even sometimes your behavior or actions. Let us pray that we can become more mature and listen to good, positive music that isn’t damaging to our souls and our relationship with Jesus. Ask God for His wisdom and again, have a balance. Use discretion and discernment, and pray to the Lord about it!

    The power of the tongue is life and death—those who love to talk will eat what it produces (Proverbs 18:21).

    PI girls, what kind of music do you listen to? What do you think about listening to secular music?

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    Christi Given
    Christi Givenhttp://www.christigiven.com
    Christi Given is a former Trinity Broadcasting Network host for the JUCE TV NETWORK, and has been featured on the Hillsong Channel. Her passion is to reach the youth with the Gospel and her music. Given has been writing for Project Inspired since 2011, and hopes to encourage the younger generation in their faith.

    137 COMMENTS

      • I listen to Christian music sometimes, generally when I’m pray/talking to God(I mean listening to Lady Gaga while doing that just seems weird and not right) but mainly secular. I think that as long as you don’t plan to go out and do the bad stuff in the song(drugs, sex, stealing, etc) Also i think that some explicit music CAN be bad depending on your level of self control and what you think about cussing.

        But I ultimately agree with you

      • I disagree with you 100%. I don’t see nonsecular music as below standard. If anything, I see secular music as substandard. Most songs today are like lets cuss and get drunk to a catchy beat. I cannot think of one good artist honestly.

        • I can mostly agree on Jordin Sparks but other than a very few good songs, Bruno Mars is too inapropriate for me.. Honestly if my mom heard me listening to some of his songs like Locked out of Heaven she would have a cow haha

        • I used to listen to just Christian music then when my brother started driving me to school, I had to start listening to the music he listens to and to be 100% honest, I started to let a cuss word slip here and there because that’s what I’ve been hearing in music and school. I would love to just listen to Christian music again but I can’t change the radio in my brother’s car or he’ll flip out on me.

        • I agree, Christian music is much better from a musical standard as well as a musical standard, not only are christian artists more thoughtful in their lyrics than most non-christian artists, they also have more professional voices (in my opinion.) I’m in chorus in my school and my teacher constantly makes tips such as when singing don’t you in a song make sure not to say Don’chew and use tall, dark vowel sounds, and sometimes in the “popular” pop songs I’ll hear those singers make those kinds of musical mistakes, but I never hear those mistakes when the christian artists sing.

      • I listen to a lot of secular too, but I wouldn’t say that anything else is substandard. If anything, music that is praising our Lord, the most wonderful, marvelous, loving, and powerful being in the universe is certainly above standard.

        • Bridget Mendler, Demi Lovato, Christina Perri, Colbie Caillat, Kelly Clarkson, Leona Lewis,& Selena Gomez (though I don’t really listen to her)
          ^^^^^^^None of these artists swear in their music, and they’re all mainstream.

        • I’ve honestly never heard of Christina Perri or Leona Lewis, but I do like a few of the other artists you mentioned ok… Its not that I dont like them, just that I dont and have never listened to them

        • Yeah, I was wondering the same thing. How can Christian music be substandard? Is God also substandard to you?

      • Maybe you just haven’t heard the right christian singers, If your looking for upbeat christian songs, try TobyMac for rap and hip hop, try Skillet or Red for Rock, and try Mandisa(she has such a strong voice), or Britt Nicole for pop. I also really like Francessca Battistelli(she has this great pop voice with a touch of country.) If you haven’t yet, I think you should check out the song “lose my soul” it’s a great song that features TobyMac, Mandisa, and others.

        • Jamie Grace is also great, Check out her song with Toby Mac, “Hold Me”. Eurydice, you can’t possibly tell me this song, and “Lose my soul” are not fun.

        • Also check out this new band named Royal Tailor! They r great and have a pop sound to their songs!

    1. I agree with all of this, ultimately it is WHY you listen to what you listen to. Also, ulitimately it is GOD who judges and knows our hearts. You shouldn’t not listen to something, or do something just cause you are scared of being judged or frowned on by people- because once again using one of my favourite words: Ultimately God’s acceptance is the only opinion that answers.

    2. I pretty much have been raised on Christian music, so that is almost all I listen to, though now that I am a teen I have begun listening to a few songs by secular artists. Most secular stuff doesn’t appeal to me, since I am not interested in parties, romance, or most of the other stuff that it talks about. Now I do LOVE listening to music from movies, like the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Soundtracks.

    3. I think that, sometimes, some issues are very personal. That you can’t just give a general ‘This is wrong’ sentence, because sometimes God lays it on one person’s heart that they should stop, and not on someone else’s. And if God tells you to do something, you should do it! My dad felt led to give up un-kosher meats and foods. My mom, on the other hand, feels no guilt or wrongdoing over eating it. Now, does this mean that my mom is sinning? Not necessarily. Maybe it
      s wrong for my dad and not for my mom. Sometimes God convicts one person that something is wrong for them, and it’s not wrong for everyone. Obviously, murder is wrong for everyone. It’s clearly laid down in the Bible. But for those things that aren’t as clear, you have to rely on God to show you what to do.

    4. i love christian music, but i do listen to secular music as well. i know some that is vulgar and stuff isn’t always good, but i dont listen to secular music because of the lyrics or message its giving. I listen because i enjoy the beat and the catchy tune.

    5. I don’t listen to any recent music. It is all such trash, in my opinion. Like that song thrift shop? wow. American music is an embarrasment to me. I listen to christian (duh) lots of southern rock (lynard skynard, charlie daniels) and older country. Or just random classic rock.

      • I listen to mostly Christian music but I try to be careful to any that’s secular. What you let in, will come out. It doesn’t matter how much self control you got, you can still mess up. Why should we let ourselves be contaminated by the world? And also what you let in can affect you internally. So I wouldn’t want ANYthing that’s of the world and not of Christ to come into me. No matter how ‘harmless’ it seems. I only want what’s holy inside because if I’m holy inside then it will also show on the outside and I want to please Him.

        • Amen, ashleyvic. I find that most secular music either has a bad message or no message at all. I’ll hear lots of songs and just be like “huh?”. I prefer Christian music because it actually has an uplifting message and encourages me and can be fun and catchy at the same time.

    6. Christian and country mostly. I like songs with meaning or a story. Some songs, though i may not like the words, i love the music or beat. I was taught that words have as much power as u give them, so i control how i let some “secular” or “pop” songs effect me.

    7. I personally LOVE Christian music. That is the majority of what I listen to. Sometimes I listen to 80’s music, but Christian it is 99% of the time. I like it because it makes me feel close to God. Music has such a powerful effect and when you just let the words wash through you it feels sooo good! And it gives you a creative way to talk to the Creator and give Him glory through worship. If you think it isn’t so great, I would encourage you to listen to Britt Nicole, Capital Kings, or Lecrae. There are alot more, but those are the first that came to my mind 🙂

    8. Many people think its okay to listen to secular music even if it has an ungodly message. They think it’s okay since they aren’t actually getting drunk and having sex- they’re just listening to it. But why is it that a Christian will not listen to a song that openly mocks/disrespects God (i.e. Lady Gaga’s “Judas”)? It’s not like you’re actually mocking God, right? You’re just choosing to listen to someone else doing it. Yet you feel it is wrong. The same goes to music that sings about alcohol, drugs, sex, or any other sin. Listening to it is a way of supporting it.

        • Eurydice, you think that the modest is hottest posts are wrong but it’s ok to listen to judas?

        • @KaylaHansa,
          She doesn’t think that modest is hottest posts are wrong because of it being all “modest” stuff, she doesn’t like it because of the mockery it brings to the ladies who wear the “immodest” dresses.

        • Can I just ask how you think that the song “Judas” is ok? I am not judging you I just want to know what traits are uplifting to you? I mean she is outright mocking God! I haven’t even heard the whole song just like a couple seconds and it wasn’t good!

        • I have a question why do you like the song judas??? i mean judas is the betrayer of jesus?

        • @polkadot. I agree. I cant even watch the video nor listen to the song. I rather listen to it. instrumentally cause. the beat is dope. but the overall. its awful!. Its the first song That I ever wanted to just rebuke!

        • I like it because it mocks Christianity. I think it’s a good insight to how the world sees us. Newsflash: Christianity is associated with ignorance and hatred, not love and acceptance. I like to hear what people are saying about us so we can change that.

    9. I love Christian music, and that is pretty much all that I listen to. Christian music is so fulfilling to me, it puts me in a good mood and it makes the start of my day easier by keeping me awake. Recently, I started listening to Lecrae who is so great! His lyrics are amazing. I especially like his songs, Rebel and Truth. I dont get fulfillment out of secular music and I feel like most secular music has bad messages, if any message at all.

    10. I’m not a big music person, but when I do listen to music I prefer Christian. I also enjoy listening to classic rock (and classical!), but even then I have to be careful sometimes. Some great Christian artists (that do NOT sound lame at all!!!!!!!! Or substandard for that matter) include Britt Nicole, Casting Crowns, Chris Tomlin, and for any rap fans out there, Propaganda. Some good secular artists include Kelly Clarkson, Adele, One Direction (with the exception of “Live While We’re Young”, it has a very subtle mention of a hookup), and a few Katy Perry songs, but only a few (“Fireworks” “The One that Got Away” “Part of Me”).

      • And btw, please don’t hate me for saying this, but I simply cannot recommend Taylor Swift as an edifying secular artist. Her song are great, but ladies, there are far more important things to focus on than boys. In fact, ditch the whole boy scene; when ur a teen, they should be brothers in Christ, not objects to swoon and “omg he’s so gorgeous” over.

        • It seems to me that most of Taylor Swift’s music revolves around boys, which is why I don’t really like her. Her music has no point really. I definitely find Christian music much better.

        • She likes boys, I do too. There’s nothing ‘wrong’ with that.
          Also here are some of her songs that are not about boys.

          -Place In This World
          -Ronan (About a boy who died of Cancer)
          -Never Grow Up
          -Change
          -Safe And Sound
          -The Outside
          -Tied Together With A Smile

    11. I listen to a variety of Christian music, like worship, contemporary or old hymn music. I don’t listen to secular music, because before I was saved, I used to listen to that kind of music. That music caused my attitude to change, and it brought me away from God. I think that secular music is wrong because most of it is about relationships that go wrong, sex, or partying, which as Christians we shouldn’t do. We are “chosen generation, a royal priesthood,” (1 Peter 2:9), and that means we need to be separate from the world!

    12. Eurydice, if you are going to be so negative, can you please not comment on every post. Everyone has their opinions and views, but you don’t always have to speak your mind. True Christians should want to worship God through music, if you don’t want to do that, there might be a problem. There is some good secular music as well, but not all is worth listening to.

    13. I must admit, I listen to Michael Jackson and, yes I know, some of his songs aren’t the very best, but I believe that if I stay away from those certain songs, then it’s okay. I like some of his music like, Heal the World, Hold My Hand, I also like Ghost, etc., mainly because they have a good meaning to it. I also listen to Christian music, I listen to it more than anything. I honestly think that if the music is promiting sex, drugs, bad behavior, etc., then DO NOT LISTEN TO IT, but if it’s not and the song is only talking about good things, than it’s okay.

    14. I listen to a mix of secular and christian music, but the secular music that i listen to is pretty much harmless because its mostly just pop, and have simple messages and a catchy beat. I also listen to a lot of Christian music as well so i feel like it balances out fine. Although my parents completely disagree, I think that it is ok to listen to a couple of secular artists just as long as its not people like Lady Gaga, Pitbull, Rihanna, Lil Wayne, or other explicit artists who usually send bad messages to their readers.

        • Gaga is a complete phony. I don’t care how well she sings or plays piano (anyone that goes to performing arts school can learn to do that), she’s still a self-centered, pretentious attention-mongerer, and a total Madonna-wannabe at that. Sorry, but her songs aren’t that good anyway, and her videos are disgusting. I’d rather listen to real music and real artists, not some phony playing a character.

    15. IMHO mainstream Christian music tends to sugarcoat everything making it irrelevant for the most part, not to mention that every song seems to use the same 4 chords -_-. That’s why I appreciate bands like Flyleaf, RED, Skillet, and TFK. They tend not to shy away from talking about pain and struggles. I also enjoy some current mainstream rock, but I absolutely adore Classic Rock. So basically, as long as it’s relatively clean, meaningful and musically interesting, I like it.

      • @Aileen, I see where you’re coming from. But there is a lot of Christian music out there. If you look around, you might find something you like. That’s what I’ve done. Some of my favorites are Britt Nicole, Chris Tomlin, Toby Mac, Plumb, and Andy Cherry. I like Skillet and Red, also. I just thought you might try these other ones (if you haven’t already) 😉

    16. I listen to a variety of Christian Contemporary artists, Gospel Artist, Christian Rappers, and Inspirational Artists I found artists that sound like secular artist but their words speak life and their message is bringing God in your presence 🙂 Also on YouTube their is a channel DJ Tritune who makes Christian Remixes to secular music, check that out too !!! I love his remixes !!!! Here is a list of artist that I listen to, y’all should check them out ladies:
      • Jamie Grace
      • TobyMac
      • Dara Maclean
      • Jesus Culture
      • Leah Smith
      • Mandisa
      • Behak Shae
      • Andy Mineo
      • Lecrae
      • Kari Jobe
      • Tal and Acacia
      • Chris Tomlin
      • Matt Redman
      • Britt Nicole
      • V Rose
      • Suzy Rock
      • Yolanda Adams
      • Marvin Sapp

    17. I listen to a mixture of both. But my secular music is clean. It doesn’t have bad language and although some of it is about love it is not over the top, ya know? My secular music is like a little bit of Selena Gomez, an occasional Taylor Swift song, Olivia Holt, Clean Country. You get my point, I don’t think that your secular music should be have dirty language and nasty lyrics. We don’t watch movies with that kind of things in it so why listen to music that does the same thing? I enjoy my secular music but I really enjoy my Christian music too!

    18. I listen to a variety of music: new songs, pop, christian everything, classic rock, etc. I just keep my ipod on shuffle so that I don’t get too much of one thing. Funny, right now I am listening to One Direction. But I do like 1D, Bridgit Mendler, and R5 for secular but clean songs.(for the most part) and for Christian music my favorites are Tenth Ave. North, Citizen Way, TobyMac, etc. (there are a lot that I like)

    19. I don’t prefer to listen to secular only because of my personal reasons. I think its not ok when the songs are about promoting drugs, sex, and violence. I listen to christian artists but not necessarily worship songs. Artists like: Red, Switchfoot, Skillet, Icon For Hire, and Anberlin.

      • I agree with you. Secular music just has no appeal for me. And it looks like you have a good choice in music. All amazing bands you listed! Have you ever listened to Thousand Foot Krutch?

    20. I listen to about half and half secular to Christian. My mom and I listen to the three Christian stations where I live (Air1, FamilyLife and KLove)in the car, but I also listen to a LOT of One Direction, Taylor Swift and some Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato and Katy Perry. Cimorelli is a really good band (they mostly do covers) that you can find on YouTube. They are Christians and all of their songs are good and clean, even though all that I’ve listened to are secular. They sometimes change a few words in the lyrics if they feel that they are a bit dodgy.

    21. To me, being a Christian means living it, not just saying it. And music can have more of an affect on you and how you think, act, and live than you would think. I’m not saying all secular music is bad, but a lot of it tends to be, and Christian music is always much more uplifting to me, which is my I stick with it mostly. I do listen to some secular music (paula cole, dixie chicks, sarah mclachlan, jewel, gary allan). I don’t think there’s anything wrong with listening to it, as long as it doesn’t affect your Christian life in a negative way. I can listen to the secular artists I have listed (I only like a few of their songs, btw) and I don’t feel like I’m letting in the devil or anything extreme, but at the same time it doesn’t mean take away from the fact that I am Christian or love God. So…I guess you really have to figure things out for yourself, depending on your views. These are just mine.

    22. Just because an artist is labeled “Christian” doesn’t mean that it is God-glorifying. Just sayin. We need to filter everything that we listen to. I personally listen to a mix of clean “secular” and “Christian” music. Just because music doesn’t have a “Christian” label on it doesn’t automatically make it sinful to listen to. Classical music isn’t labeled as Christian, does that mean that I can’t listen to Mozart? Of course not. I think it’s a heart issue. If listening to Mozart makes me want to go graffiti public property, then listening to Mozart could be sinful for me. Same for RED or Lady Antebellum or any other artist you can think of. The way we listen to music needs to honor God, just like any other area of our life.

        • Try Listen to a song that has your favorite “Christian” Artist Sample a record. and putting JESUS on there to make it cool! it will pretty much be bad.

        • Oops! Sorry Madd, I didn’t mean to post my comment as a response to yours(:

          My point was just that we need to filter everything that we listen to. Just because it is in the “Christian” genre doesn’t mean that we should let our guard down. Philippians 4:8 “And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.”

          I totally agree with your original comment, didn’t mean to post mine as a response(;

    23. The only not Christian music I listen to is Taylor Swift, some Jonas Brothers, and old Demi Lovato songs…..Selena Gomez as well. But I disagree that secular music is OKAY to listen to. Today, all tehse singers sing about sex, drugs, lust, wordly things, cussing, getting drunk and all that. That’s not good.

    24. What kind of music do you listen to?

      Kpop, Christian rock and pop, 80’s, 70’s, 60’s, Celtic, Spanish… anything good and clean!

      What do you think about listening to secular music?

      So long as it doesnt go against God’s word, like no cussing, drinking, drugs, sex or violence, its a-okay!

    25. I listen to almost all Christian music. I don’t think many Christians today realize the influence secular music has on there lives. I’m not saying all of it is bad but we need to be careful. Listening to One Direction,Taylor Swift, or Justin Bieber can leave you wanting unhealthy relationships. Yes, I know Harry thinks your beautiful and Zayne wants to kiss you but in reality that is not the truth. I myself enjoy some of the tunes and think they are catchy but that does not justify the words. Today’s culture wants us to think it is normal to continually disobey God’s word. That is not the truth! I ask you all to try K-Love’s 30 Day Challenge. See if listening to ONLY Christian music for 30 days makes a difference in you life.

      • I second the 30 Day Challenge on K-Love! I did that recently (although Christian music is mostly all I listen to anyway) and it does make a difference. Thanx, @graceofjesi, for recommending this, I totally didn’t think to 🙂

    26. Personally, I don’t even try to listen to secular music… there is a lot of trash to sift through to get to the diamonds. And yeah, Philippians 4:8 is a good guide… but when you really get down to it, what I have seen is a lot of Christians don’t want to give it up, because they love it so much… even when they know it’s not good for their walk with God, and to be filling your mind with that type of junk. One secular song I do really like though is, “Feeling Good” By Nina Simone…. but mainly, because it’s just made for my voice (although I am not a person of color). Just because someone does not cuss in their song, does not mean there are other bad, or frivolous things in it: the whole boy-girl scene with constant break ups, parties, immorality, drugs, or other things that could be of the flesh. With music that has no words, some of it gives me the creeps, (and then later I found out it was new age/meditation music)… while other purely instrumental music I’m perfectly fine with. So in end note, just get to know God and His word, and you will be led by the Spirit to listen to stuff that does not grieve Him

        • I understand you saying, about the ignorance but if you really want to change ignorance read the Bible. If you let the Lord give you sight on things He will. I’m not trying to disrespect you. If you ever need anything I’m here for you. But if you think Christians are unloving, let’s change that. (I’m assuming since you are a member of this website you are a Christian.)It’s starts with you. If I think Christians are doing something wrong, I will change it to match to what Jesus is doing. But you have to remember, Christianity is not about the people. It’s CHRISTianity, not peopleanity. We aren’t perfect and will make mistakes. God is working on all of our hearts, just like you.

    27. I think that nonchristian music is neutral at best, Christian music I’d very uplifting at best. Therefore, secular music can only speak of not bad but not uplifting, pleasing to God music, or secular music can be very inappropriate in many ways. people many disagree with me to say that (ex.) Kelly Clarckson’s song Stronger has a good message about never giving up, but listening to the song closer, it doesnt say anything about God, it actuall says “just me, myself, and I” meaning she gives glory to herself rather than God

    28. I believe it’s a personal conviction. Music affects me a lot, so i cut out all secular music. We are suppose to keep our eyes on eternal things. It helps me keep my focus on God. and I don’t think it’s substandard. Lecrae is amazing. I have a boyfriend also and if I listen to couple songs all day on the radio I will be thinking of him every minute. Which isn’t where all of my focus should be. It’s okay to think about him but not every waking minute or close to it. So i listen to Christian music, it helps keep my focus, attention, and eyes on the Lord.

    29. My rule that I use to determine what I listen to is this: If I was listening to my iPod and Jesus came and sat next to me and asked for an earbud, would I be embarrassed? I’ve deleted a few songs because of this. But I really only listen to Christian music. Secular music lost its appeal for me a long time ago. Some of my favorite bands are TFK, Icon for Hire, Skillet, Flyleaf, Disciple, and FM Static (Highly reccomend. They have a lot of fun songs but also have some of my favorite songs to worship with. Check them out.)

    30. I think it’s ok to listen to secular music, as long as it isn’t bad. If it talks about explicit things or makes you feel uneasy, then it’s not something you want to listen to. Also, some secular songs could be labeled as Christian songs if you think about it. I can’t think of many, but I know “You Found ME” by The Fray talks about being saved by God. Many songs like that have a good message, but aren’t under the Christian genre. I think that any song that you wouldn’t be ashamed about God hearing you listen to is fine.

    31. I feel that if you wouldn’t want to tell your pastor or even Jesus what you’re listening to, you shouldn’t be listening to it. Otherwise, I think it’s ok. Like, I love listening to Journey. They don’t cuss, and they don’t talk about sex, drugs, and rock and roll. But they aren’t Christian. I see no problem with them. Other artists, like, say, Britney Spears,to name one, aren’t uplifting and completely trashy. Not trying to judge, but that’s just my take on it.

    32. i don’t think we have to polarize it into just Christian and just secular. i have both on my iPod, and i draw the line where both types of music become unglorifying to God. i think a lot of secular music can be glorifying to God (Lifehouse’s Everything is totally a praise song in my opinion, as is You Raise Me Up and many others). And I think a lot of “Christian” is not glorifying to God. i don’t let any songs with cussing, anti-God, anti-spiritual messages, and just plain “dirtiness (sexual or otherwise)” on my iPod. and even apart from WHAT you listen to, its when and how often you listen. i’m tempted to put on music while i’m reading my Bible for instance, because i often read with music in the background, but God’s a gentleman and he’s not going to compete with “noise.” i’m not opposed to worshiping with music though, because i think music is a definite form of worship. praying… sometimes. i prefer to pray in silence. then my thoughts are more focused on Him. think about what personally convicts you. and PLEASE don’t rationalize by saying “oh, i listen to this song with cuss words in it, but it doesn’t affect/influence me, so it’s okay with God.” why do you enjoy that music? because it SPEAKS TO YOU. you don’t want that to have a voice in your heart. you may say that the cussing/message doesn’t influence you, but you do find some sort of satisfaction in listening to it… cultivate a hate for that music in your heart by staying away from it.

    33. I think that if you are really having to think about if you should or shouldn’t be listening to secular music, than you should pray about it. It could be God pulling on your heart. I always remember, “garbage in, garbage out.” What do you want to fill your hearts with?

    34. I listen to mostly secular music, I try to keep it clean so that i dont feel bad about listening to it. I mostly listen to Indie pop and electropop music. Lately I have been struggling with temptation to listen to an indie artist Lana Del Rey… some of her songs are explicit and about drugs. Usually if I listen to her songs it makes me feel kind of like it drains the energy and sucks the happiness out of me :/ I’ve really been trying to stop though. Her music and style is very classy yet edgy. a couple of her songs are OK though.

    35. I love many christian songs, however Tupac and Eminem are right up there in my list to songs to dance and listen to. The song Changes by Tupac is one of the most heartfelt and beautiful rap songs i have ever heard that has a true message in it. I am on the dance team and the music we dance to is not Christian music, but i am not influenced by the words themselves, i purely like the beats in the background music.

      • Aw, that’s kinda sad. Does your family identify with Christianity in any way, or are they against it? Regardless, please don’t let them discourage you, you are a daughter of God, and Jesus loves us all. 🙂

    36. I listen to every genre of music. Music is so important to me. I love it so much. with out God,Jesus, and music, I’d be nothing. I wouldn’t know what to do with my life if i didn’t have music!

    37. I listen to Christian, I used to listen to your general pop music songs, and then one day I did some station searching and found a christian station, and it brings me so much more joy and happiness than the popular pop music ever did. Now I can feel like I’m worshipping God in all that he is, listening to songs that were thoughtfully written, and having fun listening to uplifting energetic and beautiful tunes set to words with meaning all at the same time.

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