I was an 80's baby and grew up listening to (in my opinion) the greatest music genre of all time...90's R&B. Oh yes, Boyz II Men and Soul For Real were just a few that played regularly throughout my 90's childhood and well into my adult years. I did enjoy different genres as well...I was just a fan of music in general. But in late 2011, I made the decision to leave the secular music world behind...
It wasn't an easy decision by any stretch of the imagination. I had married an R&B singer for goodness sakes! We essentially lived and breathed secular music and we were loving every moment of it.
Less than a year into our marriage, my husband and I returned to the church after a long hiatus. We both recommitted our lives to Yah and that was essentially the turning point for us. No one told us we needed to do so...it was...a nudging for lack of a better word. After making the personal decision to leave secular music alone, my husband told me he had made a promise to Yah that he would use his gifting for the kingdom. Neither of us discussed it with the other but we both came to the same conclusion. It was pretty much a done deal at that point.
But why, exactly, did we decide to stop listening to secular music? Well, there are a couple of different reasons.
One thing music is good at is tying itself to past memories of our former selves. When you've just been saved and you're trying to put off the old man, this can be a great hindrance when it comes to renewing your mind.
You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by it's deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousnessand holiness. Ephesians 4: 20-24
Such was the case when it came to my husband. His R&B music was an embodiment of his life as a sex symbol. This was something he knew he needed to detach from. For one, he didn't want to be a stumbling block or source of temptation that leads others to sin...plus, sexy for Jesus is just not a good look.
For me, I was very much emotionally tied to my music. Of course, music is going to affect people differently. But I didn't like the emotions and feeling elicited by the music I was listening to. Have you ever listened to a song from back in the day and all of the sudden you start feeling some sort of way? Talking different? Walking different? Thinking different? Particularly in a way unpleasing to Yah?
Maybe it's just me, but this is the stuff I was experiencing when I would listen to this stuff after being submerged in Yah's word. I didn't like the lustful spirit that reared it's ugly head or the contentious attitude that resulted from the songs I was listening to. Which brings me to my next point...
Music is something that the enemy has and continues to use to manipulate the masses. I'm not going to get into the use of frequencies and all of that. But if you think about the feelings that are brought on by a lot of songs, you'll see what I mean.
Think about the songs that are hot today. They essentially have NO substance and a lot of them you can't even understand what's being said...but they're hot. People go CRAZY over these songs. Why? Because of the principalities that are work behind the music. We start lusting after people, coveting what others have, depression can come over us, and we can pick up aggressive tendencies among other things. People look at it as harmless entertainment. But in reality, the enemy is hard at work. We could blame the people who make the music but the truth is...
We do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Ephesians 6:12
If you don't believe that there are spiritual hosts of wickedness at work in our everyday lives, I admonish you...wake up! The truth is that lust, greed, covetousness, depression...these are all spirits that come on us through various means. And many of them come through the music that we listen to. It's not a coincidence that certain beats get your body moving in a seductive way. It's all carefully and intentionally crafted by the enemy himself.
Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit. Romans 8:5
Nightclubs are a great example of principalities working through music. The entire dynamic of that environment is debaucherous. Granted, if you're out looking for sin, you're sure to find it. But aside from that, the music associated with that environment ushers in the spirit of lust, covetousness, and whatever else that doesn't just stay in that place. It attaches itself to individuals and it spreads from there. If you're willfully placing yourself in that environment, you're subjecting yourself to the spiritual sickness of that place and the people in it.
Remember, there's nothing new under the sun. Every evil thing is merely a perversion of what Yah had originally intended. The music itself is not evil. But when used outside of what Yah intended it to be...it becomes a perverse and profane thing.
A Life or Death Situation
Have you ever had a song stuck in your head that you find yourself singing without even noticing? We all have. Now consider what it is that you're saying...what are you allowing to be sown into your heart? You see, this is how crafty the enemy is. You're innocently singing a song, yet seeds of contention and evil are taking root.
A couple of months ago, my daughter came home from an overnight stay and I overheard her singing a song. I asked her what song she was singing but she didn't know who or what it was. All she kept saying was, "Look what you made me do." I didn't know where it came from initially but, after looking it up, I learned it was a Taylor Swift song. I was...mortified to say the least...not because of who sings it but because of the content of the song itself. My 7-year-old has no business singing or listening to a song like that.
From the fruit of their mouth a person’s stomach is filled; with the harvest of their lips they are satisfied. The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit. Proverbs 18: 20-21
The Bible tells us our words have the power of life and death. They have the power to give life to ourselves and to others and, likewise, have the power to bring death to ourselves and to others. We should be vigilant and careful about the words we allow to come out of our mouths. Our lives and our spiritual wellbeing depend on it.
What goes into someone’s mouth does not defile them, but what comes out of their mouth, that is what defiles them.” Matthew 15:11
Not to say that Christian music is immune because, as I've learned, that's not the case. I came to this realization several months ago while singing along to a popular gospel artist. The lyrics go " How do I run from the poison? Seems like sins latched onto me. I've got to get over this flesh that I'm under. This just ain't what I need."
As I'm singing along I begin to feel convicted. Is this bringing glory to Yah?...No. Is it worship? Certainly not worshiping Him. Do I want sin latched onto me? NO! Is it edifying in any way? Mmm...not really. Though the beat is catchy, the lyrics themselves "just ain't what I need." I didn't feel worshipful or even edified. I felt a downcast desperation with essentially no end in sight. That was the last time I listened to that song.
Conflict of Interest
Similar to my previous points, if the music is not bringing honor & glory to Yah, if it's not bringing edification, we as believers should consider whether or not it's worth listening to.
Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life. Proverbs 4:23
We can't afford to allow words that are contrary to His word to be sown into our hearts. The heart can be a fickle thing if it's not heavily guarded and the enemy knows this. Vigilance is key because temptation and being led astray are not always as obvious as we'd like to think.
Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8
A simple ride to work with the radio playing in the background can be destructive if you're not careful. It may sound overdramatic but you have to consider satan's craftiness. He will use any opening he can get and we should not be ignorant of his devices (2 Cor 2:11).
Do not quench the Spirit. Do not treat prophecies with contempt but test them all; hold on to what is good, reject every kind of evil. 1 Thessalonians 5: 19-22
I encourage you to consider these things. If nothing else, pay close attention to the things you're allowing to enter into your heart through your ears and eyes. Guard your heart with the fierceness of a lion and reject anything that is contrary to Yah's word. There's little to gain from what the world has to offer but so much to lose if you give it the chance.
Until next time, Be encouraged!
Hi there! My name is Brittany..help meet to T.J. and mom to 5 little blessings. My passion lies in helping other women to see their value through the eyes of their creator. Be Encouraged...YOU are a Good Thing!