Have you ever been affected by the music you were listening to? I beg for one to say they haven’t. I don’t think there is a soul that has not been moved to an emotion by a song, whether it be a hymn in the church pew, a sad love song, a wedding song, a sweet song about a parent/child relationship, etc. Who doesn’t want to listen to upbeat music when they are happy or the sun’s out and windows are down? Who would want to listen to that when they are sad or questioning the bad things in their life?
There is a huge influence by music in our world. This is nothing new of course. As I have gotten older it has just become more noticeable to me. More blatant and obvious, should I say.
I have personally been more aware of lyrics being a parent and recognizing that my children are subjected to this music being played. On my radio. At school. At Church. In a friends car. Everywhere! Many of which we have talked in detail about.
There is a lot of good that can come from music and singing. (we talk about the good too) It is encouraging to hear a song that you can say “thank God, I am not alone” and songs that send you off with a feeling of gratitude for the blessings you have. But there is also so much negative in music that can have you left with depression, wondering if you aren’t meant to be here on this earth. Or that it is okay to have feelings that are not of God. Songs that send you down a spiraling hole of making really bad decisions. Calling an ex, cutting, drinking or drugs, envy or rage and so on.
I have felt those feelings before. Why feed them with music that fuels that emotion?
It is sad really, that there are bands that claim to offer acceptance and hope to those in the emotions but yet offer no way out but temporary relief. What I mean is that you can have sad events and moments but you can’t stay there and continue to live a healthy and effective lifestyle. You shouldn’t continue to listen to the trash the world feeds us.
That’s kinda hard though, isn’t it?
It is scientifically proven that music is stimulating. Without going into every detail of this, I am going to stop here and make my point. This could mean stimulating in a positive manner or a negative manner, yes, I get that, but I am speaking of the negative here. In most cases regarding this, relationships are most affected. Ask someone with an addiction. What does music do for them? Music can be destructive. Ask a teenager raging with new hormones. Worldly music changes their perception of the world, their peers, and themselves. It can be destructive. Look at the stats.
Ever wonder why “kids are growing up too fast” these days? Listen to some of the music that they are listening to. Explicit language, hostility, sexual content, substance abuse, suicide… it is alllll there. Why wouldn’t a teen experiment when they are idolizing the top artist that everyone is talking about? How would this not affect them… or us adults?
Listen, we have to be careful of what we allow into our minds.
What is the famous quote from Buddha, “We are shaped by our thoughts. What we think, we become.”
Isn’t that the truth?
If we want to do good, we have to think on things that are good.
Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”
We are responsible in transforming our thoughts.
Romans 12:2 “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Proverbs 4:23 “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”
We do not have to do it alone. We have help. Thank the good Lord.
Matthew 21:22 “If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”
Listen. We have to do this. For our future. For our childrens’ future. For our grandchildrens’ future! Don’t conform to the patterns of the world, for God says that it will hinder us from entering His kingdom. He said it, not me.
I have to work hard at it, too. You’re not alone. We can become aware and stop feeding ourselves with corrupt music and become a light for those who don’t see the statistics of the negative influence that worldly music has. We have to.
Ways to help us both here:
- Get involved with the children you have an influence on and see what they are listening to. Talk to them about it. Actually read some lyrics they enjoy aloud and ask if it is good, if they understand what it means, if it even makes sense.
- Change your station.
- Listen to the Bible or podcasts instead.
- Make it obvious that you are changing things up and why.
- Read the statistics. Become aware.
May the power and strength come from our Lord in helping us transform our minds to the thinking on things above, not of this world, so that we can shine a light to others. Giving Him all the glory, in all we do. In Jesus name, Amen!