What kind of music do you listen to? What are your views on Christian music? When I was a teenager, finding good music to listen to without reverting to worldly music was a little more difficult than it is now. Not only do I consider modern day Christian music to be just as good as secular music in terms of quality of production, lyricism, and creativity goes, but it is superior in a lot of instances – all the while glorifying God. Artists such as Canton Jones, Lecrae, Mary Mary, and our very own, One Focus rap group have been able to make innovative, inspirational, “neck breaking” music that is all about Kingdom business.
Artists in the secular arena have even started remixing Gospel songs in order to get a piece of the action. In 2009 Ne-Yo (a secular artist) hooked up with Mary Mary for a “God in Me” collaboration. There are even times when I’m riding in my car and someone will pull up next to me and ask me who I am listening to.
Being a musician, I understand the power of influence that music has in this day and age. William Congreve, an English poet in the 1700s stated, “Music has the charms to soothe a savage beast, to soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak.” I interpret this quote to mean that music has the power and influence to bring about change. With music being one of the most powerful stimulants that affects our emotions, I believe that music has a strong influence on our minds and spirits, which ultimately determines the decisions we make and the actions we take. Galatians 5 gives us the type of fruit we should instill into our spirits and Romans 12:2 tells us to renew our minds apart from the world and to align our lives with God’s perfect will.
The type of music we listen to is a major factor in our daily walk with Christ. At work, I do a lot of report writing and the system I use pulls data from another system that obtains its data from what people input into the various data fields. Sometimes data can be erroneous and my supervisor always says “garbage in, garbage out.” We could apply this mantra to what we allow to enter our ear gates throughout the day. If I am constantly injecting my mind with sexual thoughts sparked by the content of the music I listen to, then it’s only a matter of time before I act on those thoughts. Music has the power to make us experience a wave of emotions–sadness, anger, happiness. Music sets the mood–it sets the atmosphere. Think about it: when you are about to set the mood with your spouse, you listen to slow jams, when you’ve broken up with a significant other, you listen to sad depressing music, when you are upset with someone or trying to pump yourself up to confront someone, you may listen to something loud and hardcore to get your adrenaline to rush. Listening to this type of secular music at the wrong time can be the very thing that leads you to an avenue of sin or depression that you cannot crawl out of. We as Christians can hinder our growth by allowing those things that are not of Christ to enter into our minds and spirits. It is imperative to be aware of the type of influences we allow music to have on our lives.