Should Christians listen to secular music?

This meeting was really energetic and engaging – it was based on a topic that every single person in the room encounters on a daily basis, has different views of, and definitely has an opinion, or two about!

“I play secular music depending on my mood, it just makes me feel good”

“As long as I’m careful not to let the words sink into my spirit, then there’s no harm listening to secular music”

“There is a misunderstanding regarding Christian music in that it is a product of cultural bias –
We are used to or accustomed to certain sounds and when we hear music that is not part of that heritage we label it, inaccurately as being unfit for a Christian musical life.”

“There’s nothing wrong with knowing the latest dances such as the ‘dab’ and ‘nae nae’, it’s just a dance!”

Several passages in the Bible refer to music:

Psalm 95:1
Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.

Exodus 15:1
Then Moses and the Israelites sang this song to the LORD: “I will sing to the LORD, for he is highly exalted. Both horse and driver he has hurled into the sea.

Psalm 105: 2
Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts.

Notice how in these verses there is emphasis on music being used to glorify God. I’m sure we can all agree that not all of music today glorifies God. Some songs have such graphic lyrics and can influence unclean images into our mind – yet these songs remain highest in the charts.

Many said that they’re aware of this, but don’t listen to music for this reason.
“I like to listen to Stormzy in the gym, it’s motivating!”
“What if I am with my husband and want to get intimate?”

There were a variety of reasons as to why we as Christians listen to secular music. A4C are big lovers of Christian and worship music, and realise that although Christian is a worldwide and most popular faith and religion, unfortunately the same isn’t said for the music Christian artists produce.

So, should Christians listen to (worldly) music?

80% of us said yes. 20% said no. What would you say?

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Hannah Ajala

An explorer and journalist who loves finding new ways of telling stories in a way that will attract audiences that are often misrepresented. Happy to connect with other creatives too!

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