Now this topic is one that is near and dear to my heart. The idea behind this post is to ask the question of what music we are justified in listening to. There is a lot of different music out there. Lots of stuff that is good God glorifying music and lots of stuff that is quite blasphemous. The question is where do we draw the line in what we listen to and what we put in our heads. The question also asks the question of whether God can be glorified in any and all genres of music or if there is just some music that glorifies God.
My personal perspective is that it’s rather easy to draw the line in the sand in terms of what is good to listen to and what is not. The main thing here for me is what are the lyrics. Do the lyrics glorify Christ or do they not? That makes the question a lot more black and white to me. Of course there are still lyrics that we might not know if they were made to glorify God or not. Then there are even worship songs that might represent very poor or even damaging theology in the lyrics. I know there are movements in some more conservative circles that think Jesus Culture music is off limits. I would guess these same people would largely think certain genres of music are also off limits as well. But for me it all boils down to the lyrics. I listen to some pretty heavy and extreme music in terms of genre but I really try and forcus on listening to Christian music over other stuff. For me this is a big deal as the kind of music I am often drawn to tends to be of a more extreme nature. And a lot of this kind of extreme music can be pretty anti-Christian or almost like demonic music. That makes it clear to me that I like the genres but I don’t like the messages that this kind of music often includes. That is why I have limited myself to pretty much just listening to Christian music - because I can still listen to stuff I like genre wise, but I will know the lyrics glorify Christ so I don’t have to worry about feeling guilty listening to this type of music.
I actually run a YouTube channel that is largely a Music Review channel and most of what I review is Christian music that is extreme in nature. I have a little following and it’s for this reason that I want to make sure there is no ambiguity over what I am listening to and recommending so I pretty much only review Christian music.
Anyways, what are your thoughts on music? Where do you draw the line as far as what is acceptable to listen to or not? Do you agree with me that the lyrics are the best test for whether you should listen to it or not? If not, could you provide your reasoning?
Thanks for reading!