I hate when I hear the term ‘secular music’. It’s so annoying and sounds awful. Why certain music genres are tagged in such a bad light is beyond me. Music is the one language that is spoken worldwide…the only language that unites us all. Who says Gospel music always preaches the word of God. I listen to Gospel music a lot and I have to say a lot of the messages I hear is not necessarily biblical. I know some of you will debate this – that’s fine.
This is how i view it: secular music deals with everyday life. Artist’ sing about love, sex, relationships, cars, houses, etc. These are all things that either God provided for our own use or deal with our everyday life, so how can singing about it be bad? Most of the lyrics I hear in Gospel music does not deal with a lot of the issues we face in everyday life. I hear a lot of:
“I’m saved by Grace, if it wasn’t for Him where would I be, Jesus is my Lord, I love God and so on”. But where does it tell me how to deal with a broken heart? Where does it tell me what to do in a relationship? How does it tell me how to deal with my children? I’m not saying secular music covers all that, but they make a lot more reference to it.
Who are we to judge artist’ based on the music they sing or even tag the music they make? God does not look at those things to judge us. Who is to say every Gospel artist will make heaven? I don’t agree with every lyric or record I hear in all genres and I listen to it all! I’m a musical junkie. I’ve even concluded that my alter ego is music. Music in my opinion is one of God’s greatest creation next to mankind. It can be soothing, uplifting, thrilling, educative and emotional depending on the genre/lyrics and beats.
Since I don’t worship the Devil why would the music I listen to bring him praise or be a blessing to him?
It’s definitely our responsibility to make the right choices in life and we get inundated with what ‘society’ deems right but ultimately we have the final say. I’m not saying all music is appropriate. I’m also not saying it’s appropriate in all circumstances, however, music is not the culprit…it’s how we interpret it.
I can understand the reason(s) some parents ban their kids from listening to certain genres…however I can guarantee you that your child will turn out however s/he will turn out regardless of the music they listen to. Some of the greatest artist’ of our time grew up in homes where the majority of music genres were banned, yet their talent still shined for all of us to enjoy.
I think instead of classifying certain genres as ‘bad’, we should pick and choose the artist’ we like. I try not to criticize based on the artist’ lifestyle, because I’m not listening to their lifestyle…I’m listening to their God-given talent. Take Amy Winehouse (RIP) for instance, that girl was a powerhouse and made beautiful music. The choices she made in her life were not as beautiful as her music but who am I to judge?
That being said, do you view secular music as it has been classified or does it have a different meaning to you? How do you categorize the music you hear? Do you judge it based on the artist singing it? Do you view your music based on the artist’ lifestyle? Would you make any changes to how you view music based on this article? What is secular music?