Is It Right For Christians To Listen To Secular Music

Is It Right For Christians To Listen To Secular Music

You probably know where this post is going by the look of the title. But you may think I am one of those extreme Christians ( they really aren’t extreme or weird btw) that only believes in church music. Stick with me here and I’ll answer the age-old question, is it right for Christians to listen to secular music?

So I had a short phase in college where I only listened to gospel music. No rap, R&B and even my beloved Afro-beats. I filled my ears with music specifically made to glorify the Lord. For the longest time, I struggled with the question of ” is it right for Christians to listen to secular music?” and because I could not answer it at the time, I decided that music wasn’t serious enough for me to be losing sleep over and I began to only listen to Christian music. I did not mind giving up secular music if it meant that I had peace. Till this day, I have mostly kept to this practice. 90% of the music I listen to is Christian because that is what I am inclined to put on…but once in a while, I do love my Afro-beats ( to a certain extent…you’ll find out why below)

This post isn’t to tell you what to do but it is an encouragement to do what is best for your Christian walk.

Music Affects Us. Bad Music Negatively Affects Us

1 Corinthians 6:12 and 1 Corinthians 10:31  were very instrumental in my decision making and I hope that God’s word will help you form your own decisions.

“All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be dominated by anything.” 1 Corinthians 6:12

You have the right to listen to ANY type of music out there. There is no biblical mandate that declares that Christians should not listen to secular music. But just because you have the right to do something does not mean that you should. Certain countries lawfully recognize polygamy, but that does not mean you should move to those countries and take on multiple spouses. It is lawful to do many things, but it is not always beneficial to do them. Some secular music present ideas that are not aligned with the word of God. Many songs demean marriage, women, love and so much more. Many secular songs particularly trap music use a lot of vile and derogatory language that should not be in the vocabulary of a Christian ( yes I know we are all at different places in our walk… but that does not change the standard).

should christians listen to secular music

How can we, godfearing people, listen to music that is filled with talks of sexual promiscuity, drugs, and abuse? As you are strengthening your relationship with Christ, does it make sense to allow bad music to speak into your life? If you used to be promiscuous, WHY would it be beneficial to listen to music that mostly talks about sex. If you use to party and drink, WHY would it be ok to listen to music that glorifies partying? It is important that we guard our hearts and allow our fleshly desires to be tamed. Proverbs 4:23 tells us to watch over our hearts with due diligence because out of it flows the spring of life. WHAT are you allowing in by listening to music that goes against the word of God? It can’t be anything Godly, and if it ain’t God, it’s the devil ( sorry to break it to you).

Music Should Glorify God

“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31

The way we live our lives should give glory to the Lord. I am not saying that you must be perfect but you should be striving towards perfection in Jesus Christ. We cannot fill our ears with the things of the devil for the sake of “culture”. We are in this world but not of this world.

So what am I really saying here? You can listen to secular music y’all, BUT you should not be listening to music that grieves the Holy Spirit. Not all secular music is bad, some speak about true love, activism, joy and peace and those are all great topics. Both versions of “We Are The World” will always be one of my favorite songs.

Guard Your Heart

So, is it right for Christians to listen to secular music? the simple answer is yes, but with limits. I  don’t want anyone to stress; I am not asking you to tell the DJ to turn off the music at the next wedding you attend. What I am asking is for us to become more conscious of not allowing in things that are against the word of God. Christian music has many different genres and I am sure that you can find many artists that you love. There is something different about music that allows you to praise the Lord.

That is my spiel, but I would LOVE to know where you all stand on this topic? Are you totally against secular music, ok with some, or fine with all? let me know down below.

 

Stay blessed,

 

9 Comments

  1. January 23, 2018 / 2:43 am

    Worship music is life!! For me, it’s what I’ve always been inclined to listen to. However, once in a while, I come across a secular song and I check it out. I find that worship music keeps me close to God throughout the day. It’s a crucial tool in my Christian walk. And my spirit doesn’t accept certain type of songs (especially those wth curse words) so I respect myself and stay away.

    • ktchuindjo
      January 23, 2018 / 10:18 pm

      Good point! worship music is indeed powerful

  2. January 24, 2018 / 10:36 pm

    Great thoughts. I love that you went through your struggle with this topic. I think the more we get close to God, the more we desire to agree with the things that He loves.

    • ktchuindjo
      January 28, 2018 / 11:32 pm

      Absolutely!

  3. January 25, 2018 / 1:36 am

    I really agree with your viewpoint and scriptural support for it. One perspective I would add, that my husband and I have discussed, is that we often feel far removed from current culture because of walking with Christ for many years. Sometimes songs have been a helpful window into the themes our college students may be thinking about. So not that we’d spend money on it but more like noticing songs and the hurting hearts and desperation represented by current music; what’s influencing them. That often leads us back to praise and the real answer for pain though!

    • ktchuindjo
      January 28, 2018 / 11:31 pm

      That is a very good point. Sounds like you and your husband are around a lot of students. I find that as a children’s ministry leader it is also very important that I stay current with what is happening to understand what is influencing kids, but as you mentioned a bit, staying current and delving knee deep in the culture are two very different things.

  4. Olga
    January 25, 2018 / 7:17 pm

    When it comes to this my heart my life my walk began all around this!my whole life I have delighted in LISTENING TO MUSIC since I was a child i have loved to dance TO MUSIC LIKE A LOT so this article just makes me take a moment and reflect bo5w far I have come.
    I used to LOVE secular MUSIC but SOMETHING inside of me just felt off in the beginning it was like eh but after a while mostly when I got serious in my walk with God Hearing to it didn’t feel fun anymore but uncomfortable and then I started to actually Listen! I can say that when you are you can’t unsee its like I could literally hear all the WORDS IN EVERY SONG and the WORDS I can say now have gotten worse.
    I can’t speak for everyone but with the WORD you can’t go wrong “Whatever is true ,whatever is noble,praiseworthy,pure, reflect on things such as this”Philippians 4:8-9

  5. Angelica
    February 15, 2018 / 3:26 am

    Great read btw and I do believe in the stance that we have the right to choose our freedom when it comes to music but we also need to be cautious about not being dominated by the music we listen to. For so long, I thought that secular music didn’t have an effect on me and I was against “extreme” Christians who denounced it because I didn’t like the idea of being controlled by my religion. Until I recognized that music without purpose can only take your own purpose. When I took some time to fast on secular music and I mean hard trap and provocative music, I noticed how captured my thoughts were and how some music can really affect the depth of my heart. However, I also realized that sometimes its my own thoughts that are trained to create that effect. I acknowledged it as an internal issue as well as a surface issue because some songs can be triggers. I can’t say that I completely removed it from my life but I’m learning to be more guarded with the environment that the music is played, my response to it, and purpose for it. When it comes to music, I just hope to increase my variety with purposeful music whether non-secular or secular.

    • ktchuindjo
      February 16, 2018 / 2:04 pm

      So many great points. Thank you for sharing Angelica!

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