What About Music?

Very little music is chosen today by our study of its contents! We like the sound (or the noise); we like the way it makes us feel; it amuses us; we like the musician, etc. What about the content, the values, the quality of the music? it is an indictment on our lack of a Biblical basis for our choice of music! We fail to take into account the source of music today. There is God-given music and there is Satanically corrupted music. Have we forgotten that our enemy was a talented musician? When his pride corrupted him, his music became corrupt. If he were to have suddenly introduced some of today’s music back in the late 30ies or early forties, it would have been appalling to most people. By starting with nice music and degrading it a little bit at a time, he has smuggled evil music underneath our Scriptural radar. He has manipulated our emotions so that we impulsively and thoughtlessly embrace discordant music, immoral music, music with subtle, dangerous, and degrading messages, music without proper resolution, etc. If we exposed our musical choices to the searchlight of God’s Word, would we be ashamed? Even the Communists saw the value of music to sway the masses or undermine their values. There is Godly music, stirring music, properly motivating music, wholesome, fun music, relaxing music, pleasant music, etc. Why then do we give in to our emotions instead of using the filter of a Biblical mindset? We don’t have to swallow the devil’s putrid offerings and wallow in his garbage. Paul instructed the Corinthian Church (and us) in I Corinthians 10:31 : “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” Doing music God’s way can give to our hearts what Luther B. Bridgers testified to in his hymn: “He Keeps Me Singing.” Bridgers wrote: “There’s within my heart a melody, Jesus whispers sweet and low, “Fear not, I am with thee, peace, be still, in all of life’s ebb and flow. Jesus, Jesus, Jesus — sweetest name I know, fills my every longing, keeps me singing as I go.” Selah! Only a Scripturally informed mind and a sanctified and determined will can free us from the damage that is caused by giving in to fleshly emotions.   Ron

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One thought on “What About Music?

  1. I agree with your assessment about comparing the content of our music to the Word of God. Unfortunately, there are folks (typically of the older persuasion) that are turned off by music that is not accompanied by a piano or organ, and judge it accordingly. There is some good music with a great message coming out these days that are pushed aside because of the instruments that accompany the words. Music does arouse the emotions, and there is nothing wrong with that. Music is also influenced by culture, and that cannot be ignored. A culture of youth may prefer music by Chris Tomlin or Casting Crowns over old hymns of the faith, and what’s wrong with that? (Don’t get me wrong, I love the old hymns).

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