What Are You Taking In? (Part One: Music)

Today, music is a HUGE part of our culture, especially for teens and young people, whose opinions and styles are shaped by our perception of the world around us. We listen to music all the time; in the car, while studying and writing, while doing chores, in the checkout line, while working out, in worship services, and simply because we want to. Some of the most famous celebrities, the most publicly beautiful, efficient, successful, and adored people in the world, are singers, songwriters, musicians. We are bombarded with music all the time – if not listening to it, reading about it; if not reading about it, talking about it; if not talking about it, thinking about it; and no matter what people say, no matter how much your Christian friends will tell you “well, it’s just because it has a cool tune!” … we ARE taking in the messages behind the music.

It’s a war on our ears, a war for our hearts, and a war for our minds. So many don’t realize that the music they listen to is tearing down their morals. The secular music that is most popular today is popular for a reason; that secular people like listening to it. It represents secular morals. Why should it have any place in a believer’s life?

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As a singer, I sympathize with those who sing all sorts of songs to improve their voice. I plan on taking voice lessons someday, and may be advised to sing certain songs written with a secular outlook. And I am not saying that every secular, not-specifically-christian song is off-limits.

But why must my so-called “Christian” teenage contemporaries sing music with seductive, hate-filled, or irresponsible lyrics? When their only defence is “Well, the tune is cool”, you can clearly see; teenagers of today have traded their respect of morality and purity, in exchange for the pleasure of the ears.

“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. 16 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. 17 And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.”

1 John 2:15-17, NKJV

John’s wisdom is strikingly applicable.

Teens think, “I can give up music whenever I want.” I agree. But I want to ask them, “When will you give it up? When will you ‘want’ to purify your tastes?”

What did John say just before this exhortation?

“I write to you, little children,

Because your sins are forgiven you for His name’s sake.

13 I write to you, fathers,

Because you have known Him who is from the beginning.

I write to you, young men,

Because you have overcome the wicked one.

I write to you, little children,

Because you have known the Father.

14 I have written to you, fathers,

Because you have known Him who is from the beginning.

I have written to you, young men,

Because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you,

And you have overcome the wicked one.

1 John 2: 12-14

As young men and women who seek to become like little children, my readers, we know that our sins are forgiven, we can know the Father, and we can overcome the wicked one. We are strong in the Word when we stay in the Word, both the written Word and the Word made flesh.

So why do we grow comfortable in sitting on the couch of Complacency beside the Wicked One, playing the Stereo of Fleshly Lusts, and shutting our ears to the Word of God?

Because we have not been challenged, and we have not challenged ourselves, to seek anything else but complacency, compliance, and conformity to the world.

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We, you, me, as believers, cannot profess faith and the desire to grow nearer to the Father when we daily absorb ourselves in messages and words that directly contradict the lessons He longs to teach us. It’s nearly impossible for Him to teach us those vital life lessons, because we’re drowning Him out with earthly clatter.

But did I mention that the impossible is God’s favorite situation for salvation? He can use others to reach through the noise drowning Him out and tug you into a quieter part of the room. Those who listen to the whispers of the Spirit can leave the Impurity Party to get conscious about their lives.

So please don’t leave this post thinking, “Well, I should make sure that the music I listen to is godly and uplifting.” I want to challenge you all to search your hearts and deep-clean your lives, not just your musical palate. Living a godly life is so much more than the face value influences we have – its also important in habits, education, and so much else! It’s so much more than just music; but big life changes begin with little life changes, and dealing with the little weeds first is easier than trying to pull out the massive hulking plants.

And please don’t leave this post dismayed that by embracing God-honoring lyrics and artists you’ll end up deprived of talent and variety. Music within the Christ-like culture is very diverse, and it is wonderful in its diversity! There are all kinds of music with positive and uplifting messages, and some that can even aid our spiritual growth. Music is beautiful and powerful – but let’s seek to take in good, and not evil; purity instead of conformity to the world.

Please Note: This post is not targeted. I began writing it with an acquaintance in mind, but not any of you here on the WordPress community, promise! 🤗

17 thoughts on “What Are You Taking In? (Part One: Music)

  1. Allie

    AMEN! This is such a good message! About a year or two ago I made the choice to get rid of all the songs in my Spotify likes that were explicit and/or had vulgar connotations. It was a hard decision to make because I got judged for it (and even still do) but it was something I knew I had to do. I am huge into music, playing it listening to it all of the above! And I felt like my sacrifice was going to negatively affect my music experience, but it did the exact opposite! I found a love and passion for worship music like i never had before! (I have a hard time with worship music sometimes because im so musical inclined, a lot of the main stream songs have the same tempo the same beat and even some of the same lyrics and i really got bored) But as i started finding new clean music and experimenting with my worship music tastes i fo

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  2. Allie

    It posted to soon :/

    I found a whole new world of amazing music relations back to Christ! Things like Christian indie, acoustics and pop, and even some cool folksy ones! Changing that one thing made my relationship with god so much better! And gave me a new love for worship music in itself! And like you said it doesn’t all have to be Christian music there are some really cool artists who have good songs that are still honoring to god! I super love this post! Sorry my comment sent to soon 😦

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    • makaylajesalyn

      Aww, thank you SOOO much for this sweet comment, Allie! 🤗 I’m so glad you liked this post!
      That’s so wonderful that you had the strength of character to go through and cut your songs, and that you grew to have the passion you do now! And I agree, worship music is so wonderful and God-honoring and really can be fun to listen to as well!
      (And don’t worry about the comment at all! Its all good! 😂)
      Again, thanks so much, Allie! 🤗

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  3. theworksofadreamer

    Great post! I have become more selective with my music over the years because some songs just aren’t it, and probably don’t do me any good listening to them. I try my best not to judge full genres of music because there is always a good song in each genre, and Christian music is no exception. I personally like Indie music because it by far is probably one of the most wholesome genres as a whole, other than Christian music.

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    • makaylajesalyn

      Thank you!
      That’s a good point, about good songs in every genre – its true! I’ve heard good things about Indie music, so I should totally check out a couple songs! Thanks for reading! 🤗

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  4. Laurel Jean

    Ah, this is so true! I think that music impacts us far more than we realize… I notice that my attitude/thought processes can be impacted by the type of music I’m listening to. Making the compromise to be up on the latest just because isn’t worth it… we need to be intentional about what we’re feeding our ears! It truly does manifest itself in the way we think and live our lives.

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    • makaylajesalyn

      Thanks, and great thoughts! I’ve definitely felt that pressure to “keep up with” the music that others say is “good”, but when I remember that what the Bible says is “good” is different from what the world says, it puts things in the proper perspective! (Thanks so much for reading! 🤗)

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  5. Joy C. Woodbury

    This is so true, Makayla. Listening to music with unhealthy messages, no matter how vague we may think they are, will inevitably lead to a drawing away from Christ. You’re so right that we have to be very mindful of what we absorb, taking custody of our ears as well as our eyes. Music, like all of God’s other beautiful and holy gifts, has sadly been distorted by the world to become something He never meant it to be. This is such a wonderful article and I want to thank you for addressing this. Music is awesome, and I think Christians of all people should be the ones to remind the world of that!

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  6. Megan

    Recently I wrote on a post it note on my desk ‘where are my eyes?’. What I meant by that is what is consuming the most of my life at the moment? What am I focusing on? What am I consuming? And music was one of the things I was convicted of. So often I’ll be listening to something and without realizing it, I’ll become over emotional or distracted or some other emotion. I loved reading your thoughts on this, lovely Makayla, wise as always, and gave me more to think about! ❤

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    • makaylajesalyn

      Exactly, Megan! I love it! That’s an important point for me as well … where our focus is, will affect the way we live and the way we feel about our decisions. I’m definitely going to have to consider that as well .. and I’m totally copying you with the post-it note idea!
      Thanks so much, Megan! 🤗

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  7. Anastasia

    I agree, before I saw this post I have already made a decision for myself to delete Spotify completely. Yes you can still listen to good clean music on there not arguing with that, however, spotify can give me temptation to listen to the wrong stuff, because of all the worldly popular music plaster all over spotify. On YouTube I can safely not worry about getting tempted (we have the YouTube red, so that helps even more)

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    • makaylajesalyn

      Oh yes, I agree that having all that music on our fingertips is such a temptation! I’m so glad you’ve already decided to clear out the unhealthy influences in your life! 😊👍

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