When I became a Christian, I found it very difficult to shed off secular music on my phone. Sometimes, I would reluctantly take some off and still keep some.
I remember so well that one day, I asked myself a simple question: ‘have I finished listening to the numerous Christian music?’ I answered no and then made a firm decision to delete them all from my phone and live my gospel life.
In this write-up, my main objective is to share some of the predominant worldly values secular music promotes. But let me throw this in before I proceed. I have observed that it is not every non-Christian music that necessarily promotes what we are about discussing but many of them do and we better be careful what we listen to or we shall fall back into the hands of the world. The Apostle John warns us not to love the world nor the things in it.
He wrote in 1 John 2:15-17 that;
“Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.”
What are the contents that worldly music promotes and promises? Let’s dig in…
The first thing most worldly music promotes is nudity of women (sometimes men). It’s so distasteful that sometimes you are watching a music video and then a nude woman will pop up. It is used as bait to get people to watch the video clip.
From the reigning genres of American hip-hop to Ghanaian hip life, over 90% promote nudity with the lyrics very unrelated to women in bikinis. If you are Christian and you don’t wean yourself from such music, you shall be influenced. Job said he had made a covenant with his eyes not to look at a woman lustfully. (Job 31:1)
Writing on Nudity In Music Videos: Plague Or New Norm, Chinelo Eze notes that;
“Nudity can be argued to be in nexus to meet up with international standards of creativity in the quality of music videos. In this regard, where is the line drawn between self-identity while delving into the European sceneries? In doing this, the body becomes synonymous with sex indicating that in a prejudiced society, being unclad equals rape, murder, and violence.”
#2. Sexual Immorality
If there was a major crisis with the church at Corinth which Paul wrote to correct, it was sexual immorality. As believers, because our body is the temple of God, we cannot taint it with impurity. (1 Corinthians 6:19)
But the music we listen to promotes sexual immorality. The lyrics depict lust and not pure love. No wonder many of the superstars who sing about love have no lasting love relationship with their partners.
Pastor Peter Okewunmi of Gospel Baptist Cathedral (Lagos, Nigeria) commenting on how singers encourage immorality in society, told the The Guardian that;
“Teenagers who listen to immoral music can engage themselves in unsafe sexual intercourse, which eventually leads to pregnancy. The dirty lyrics in our modern day songs can influence the teenage sexual decisions and behaviours. Those songs are being played in public places, not minding who listens to them.”
Writing in the article, The Problems of Immoral and Obscene Music Trends, Mohammad Amaan Siddiqui said that,
“The music industry has reached a point where it has blinded all of you with its ‘beat’ and ‘tune’ while it goes around violating all your feministic ideals and bypasses all lines of morality and you don’t even bat an eye.”
We must not fall for this.
#3. Love of Money
The world sees nothing wrong with the love of money but God’s word speaks against it. Paul wrote to young Pastor Timothy to avoid the love of money.
1 Timothy 6:10 says,
“For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.”
The music we hear has a lot of propaganda in favour of loving money and dying for it. They promote that we can never get enough. But we are encouraged by Paul in Philippians to be content with what we have through Christ who strengthens us (Philippians 4:12-13). Money is very good but it must not be our God.
Hedonism is another key content the secular music promotes. The lust of the flesh and the pride of life is what permeates through the music they do. I get it! The world will continue being the world.
As believers, if we turn our eyes to such contents, it will woo us into the world then we will become enmity against God. We have numerous gospel music contents online that will exhort our soul and help us to grow spiritually.
In How I stopped Listening to Secular Music: The Origin and Power of Music and Sounds, Dupe Sarah (Dupe’s Blog) said,
“Some Christians are of the opinion that the kind of music you listen to does not affect your walk with God which is false because what invokes one spirit sends another away. A kind of music whose sound and lyrics invoke the spirit of lust or violence will definitely put off the Holy Spirit of God.”
Many hip hop and Ghanaian dancehall music have one thing in common: they both promote violence. Either on stage or off stage, they try to win the heart of their fans by carrying guns, smoking and acting like macho men. In The 50th Law by American musician 50 Cents and Robert Greene violence premeditated to help promote artistes. They deliberately act violently to be arrested and reported in the media to qualify them as hardcore.
We have no part in such a lifestyle. Galatians 5 teaches that part of the fruit of the Spirit filled life is gentleness. In Romans 12, Paul encouraged the believers to live peacefully with all men. The spirit of violence is not of Christ. We are urged to live like Christ and not violent superstars.
In a research by Brett A. S. Martin and Brett A. Collins on Violence And Consumption Imagery In Music Videos, it revealed that;
“…violence is evident in a significant proportion of music videos, and that particular products are associated with displays of people‐focused, object‐focused and combined types of violence.”
We live in a world with values upside down. For you and I as believers, we must use the Scriptures to evaluate whatever we listen to or watch. We must not be carried away by tunes instead of the lyrics that make up the influencing agent of the contents they are trying to push on us. We must let Christ be formed in us and act like Him.
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