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).
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.