Imagine you are driving down the highway, going about 70 mph, with the top down and the breeze blowing? What is the first thing that comes to mind? “Am I going to get sunburnt?” or “Man, today is really hot.” I can tell you that’s my experience with a convertible, at least. The next thing that comes to mind is what? Most commonly, I would say, is the thought of “What song should I play?” ‘What is the best music for cruising on a nice day?”
Being on a campus that is highly diverse, I hear many different types of music being broadcasted throughout the campus. The genre of music I hear the most of is hip-hop. I have three things about hip-hop that bother me. (Granted, there are things that bother me about each type of music but this comes to the forefront of my mind.)
- Most of the time, you cannot understand what they are actually saying, like in the song Panda.
- Many of the lyrics written, if you can hear them, make no sense.
- There are many elements in which go against what the Bible says we should be doing or saying.
Name a few artists and see if you can find any Biblical or even any uplifting, encouraging lyrics that will shape you positively. The themes I hear in all types of music, not just hip-hop, are sex, drugs, and money. All of these are objectified in the secular view and taken advantage of. God placed instruments, talents, and all the devices incorporated in music to glorify him, and I can honestly say I do not see that happening in the present day.
Music is God-given. Paul mentions in Ephesians 5, songs of praise and hymns. Many times throughout the Bible, God calls us to glorify him in everything we do. Colossians 3:17 states that “whatever we do, whether in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving to God the Father through him.”
Coming into college, I struggled with this. I wanted to listen to the “cool” music. My favorite genre was country. Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, Thomas Rhett, among others, all talked about the same things mentioned above, but in a more country or southern way. It was all about trucks, beer, and women. ( I am not trying to stereotype any particular genre, but I am analyzing the content of the songs.) It was easy to get caught up listening to this music with the lyrics rushing through my head, at some points unconsciously, corrupting the way I thought. Hearing about all the parties and drinking, I thought that was okay. Hearing “Strip it Down”, I thought it okay to be that intimate with someone. All the lyrics had an effect on me and the way my brain processed the real world.
I have a common theme in my posts. I talk about how I have been deceived by worldly ideas and actions and how I am working to change that and how you can if you are where I was at.
There are two places that I listen to music. One is at the gym and the other is when I am walking to class. One thing I do to keep my thoughts centered on God is to listen to worship music. It took a long time like any other habit being formed. I struggled with it. I wanted to listen to country or hip-hop. That would be easier. Galatians 6:7 says “Do not be deceived. God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that he will also reap.”
Whatever music we are putting in our ears, it is going to produce those traits in us, outside of the music. I encourage you to evaluate your life, whether it be with music, or with other aspects, and see what you are sowing. Are you sowing things that will honor God or are you sowing things that bring you closer to the World but farther away from God?