Is The Music You Listen To Bad?

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Over the past few months I have really been striving to dive more into scripture and also striving to have an honest pursuit of my Jesus. To be completely honest–being a Christ follower is HARD! Throughout this process, I have noticed so many inconsistencies with what Scripture teaches and how Christians in our day live/act. What a stark contrast.

I am going to use an example that hits very close to home for me. I have been a HUGE fan of the band 30 Seconds To Mars. I bought every record, I spent hundreds of dollars on their music, tickets, and little videos they have put out over the years. I supported them 100%. That is, until I started to look at how they compare to what my world view SHOULD be. Here are some lyrics from the THIS IS WAR album released in 2009:

“I believe in nothing
One hundred suns until we part
I believe in nothing
Not in sin and not in God

Obviously I do not agree with these lyrics. What was my solution? I would just skip this song each time it would come on and not think much about it.

Well, what about these lyrics:

“Found my faith, living in sin
I’m no Jesus but neither are you my friend
I’m a whore above the broken dreams
This simple answer is never what it seems
Sold my soul, from heaven into hell
Sick as my secrets, but never gonna tell
Lock the blame, burden of my dreams
Cause of faith in a blessing I believe”

Again these lyrics completely go against my belief system. Why not just spend more money on the band and buy their NEXT album? SURE! So I did, even though it was called “Love, Lust, Faith and Dreams”

Let’s take a look at some lyrics from this album:

Bought my fate, straight from hell
A second sight has paid off well
For a mother, a brother and me”

I danced with a million devils.
Died from a life of sin.
Made love to a million angels.
Murdered a million men.
There will be blood.

So the question I had to honestly ask myself was, “why am I supporting a band that is blatantly against my morals and more importantly my God?” Not to mention how sexual and perverse the lyrics of these albums are. When we read in Ephesians 5 we see Paul telling us this,

“Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints. Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving. For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not become partners with them;  for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret. But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible, for anything that becomes visible is light.” Ephesians 5:1-14.

Looks like there is a HUGE difference between what the Word of God says and what I as a “Christian” was actually taking part in and supporting. The verse above calls us to EXPOSE the darkness and that is really what my intentions are in this post.

I remember several times after I had been playing the songs off the “THIS IS WAR” album in our home that my wife and I talked about the songs sounding like worship songs. Even a friend of mine that heard it playing in the background of the car one time asked if it was a worship record. Well, it is. Unfortunately, the songs are not worshiping Jesus, they are worshiping sex, lust, humanity, self, and demons.

This entire post may come across as “legalistic.” That’s not my intention I assure you. I am really calling all my Christian brothers and sisters to really start thinking about what you are filling your mind with. What songs are you singing? What groups are you supporting with your money, time, affections? I believe this is a much LARGER problem in the Church than we think. Think about some of the most popular songs you hear on the radio. Sex is the main topic or product being sold. Don’t get me wrong, there are actually some really great songs out there that are pretty wholesome. I love music, and I love great songwriting. I just do not think it’s right for me to support artists that worship sex, self, and other false saviors.

What do YOU think? Is it ok for a “Christian” to listen to music like this? Is the music we listen to really bad for us or is this not really that big an issue?

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8 comments

  1. Justin · May 31, 2013

    You are basically dealing with someone else’s freedom of expression vs. whether or not you want to partake in it. I see most music as art (except for commercial music which is heavily tailored and marketed for the mainstream). This is a very difficult topic because it’s a “Christianity vs the arts” dilemma and there are tons of ways to approach it. I dealt with this a few years ago. The most important thing is to not alienate the people around you because of your personal convictions.

    • chasegentes · May 31, 2013

      Thanks for reading and adding your two cents, Justin! I see what you mean about seeing it as expression and art. My issue lies within the lyrics, mainly sexual ones. Maroon 5’s music is the first that comes to mind. Scripture tells us to flee from any hint of sexual immorality. That’s where I see a rub, know what I mean? Appreciate your input!!

  2. Marianne Botero Donado · May 31, 2013

    Totally true!! I really loved it, because I think the same too, we become what we listen to.

  3. Intelligent Infidel · June 2, 2013

    It never ceases to amaze me how much Christianity thrives on guilt. If there is a creator god, he created the universe in ways indistinguishable from nature. If there is a god, I highly doubt he worries too much about the music which you listen to. People are not inherently bad…

    • chasegentes · June 2, 2013

      Thanks for reading! I appreciate your input!

  4. Heidi · December 24, 2013

    You hit the nail on the head! The issue is enormous. The Lord convicted me on what I allow into my mind when the son of a strong christian pastor said there was nothing wrong with homosexuality. Unfortunately anything we listen to, read, or see consistantly becomes less offensive. You have actually just barely scratched the surface of the issue. If you truly want to guard you mind you need to look at what you are reading and. watching on TV, not just the music you listen to. Its not an issue of guilt or condemning others, for me its an issue of honoring God with all my life – as it says in the Bible, “As a man (or woman) thinketh in his heart so he is.” I don’t tell people not to listen, watch, or read; I share what God has shown me. It is their choice how to honor God. I will end this book now.

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