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One of the biggest issues among Christians today is whether or not we should listen to secular (non religious) music. I decided to now write about this to express my own personal views. You can agree or disagree all that you want to, but I do ask that you hear what I have to say with an open mind.

Personally, I do not believe that ALL secular music is sinful, just like not ALL Christian music glorifies God. Secular and Christian are just two "types" of music. Neither of them really tell you wat the lyrics contain. People say that secular music only talks about sex, drugs, drinking, violence, etc. Not true! Here are just some examples of good, wholesome secular music.

LEAN ON ME by Bill Whithers



COLORS OF THE WIND by Vanessa Williams

STEP BY STEP by Whitney Houston

TELL HIM by Celine Dion and Barbara Streisand


YOU GOT TO BE by Desiree

Now, please take a look at he following two sets of lyrics (which I have labeled A and B) for me and think carefully about what you are reading.


Honey, I wanna attack your flesh with glad abandon.

I wanna look for your fruits

I wanna put my hands on 'em

I anna pump your thermostat beneath your skin

I wanna uncover your swimming hole and

dive right in


A song that heals

A mealody of reason and freedom

With words that will speak for the weak

The hopeful and the strong

Sing it for everyone

'Cause there is one sky above

There is just one source of love

If I've got one chance, one choice

Sing it for everyone

Now, after looking at those two sets of lyrics, can you pick out with one is the secular song and which one is the Christian song? Well, incase you can't, I'll tell you. A is a song called "Love Cocoon" by the CHRISTIAN band, Vigilanties of Love and B is a song called "One Voice" by the SECULAR artist known as Brandy. Now, would you say that the first set of lyrics glorify God or glorify a healthy, loving, godly relationship (which is what He wants us al to have). I don't think they do and yet they're written and sung by a popular Christian band who are sold in Christian stores. Hmmmm........so you think that Christian music is godly? You don't think you have to pay attention to the lyrics your kids are listening to as long as the CD or tape comes from a Christian store? I beg to differ.

1 Corinthians 10:31

"So, whether you eat or drink or whatever, do it ALL for the glory of God.

As you can see, God's word says to glorify him through ALL things, not just Christians things. I am an actress. Can I only glorify God through Christian oriented plays? I don't think so. Will God be disappointed if I try and glorify Him through only "Christian" roles?" I doubt it. The same can be said for secular artists. Just because a song isn't about God does not mean that it can't glorify Him. God gave us relationships, so why not sing about something that is a blessing from God? If the song is talking about a moral, loving, healthy relationship (which God created), then I see nothing wrong with it, whether it's being sung by Christian singer Michael W. Smith or secular singer Celine Dion.

Also, Christians fdo not have to talk about God or mention God 24 hours a day. You can still be a Christian and talk (or sing) about other things as well without mentioning Jesus in every other sentence. In fact, one reason why people are turned off by Christianity is because some Christians ony talk about God. They don't talk about love, sports, movies, music, etc and if they do, they make sure to always bring up God in the conversation. That's wrong. That's the same as trying to shove it down people's throats. It's like Christians think "They're talking about football, but I have to bring up God in this coversation." Why is this? Why can't we, instead say to ourselves, "Yes, I am a Christian and I love Jesus, but I can still talk about other thngs besides religion. If God wants me to talk about my faith, HE will open a door for that. So I'll wait on Him instead of trying to always open that door myself." I think that so many Christians want to share Christ (which is great) but they think that they always have to push it onto others and bring it up every 5 minutes. So when a Christian does talk about other things, some in the faith get upset or offended.

People don't think that you can't be a Christian and still sing secular music. They think, "well, if they're a Christian and following God, they'd sing Christian music." Huh? Are you saying that God will not put someone in the secular music industry? Do you honestly think that God wants us to stay in our own little "Christian Community?" If that's true, then maybe you could explain to me why God tells us to go out into the world? Yes, the Bible does say not to conform to the world (Romans 12:2), but I believe that means that we are not to indulge into sinful things.

For example, is it a sin to be an author? I don't think so, but is it a sin to write non Christian books? I still don't think so. I don't think it's wrong to read non Christian books either (like "Little Women"). Now, writing porn IS a sin, right? The same can be said for secular music. It's what you do with it that makes it sinful. Singing about a loving relationship isn't wrong, but if you take it a step further and talk about having sex, that IS wrong, and like it or not, NOT all secular songs talk about sex, just like not all Christian songs sing about Christian things.

When deciding whether or not you should listen to secular music or a certain secular artist, ASK GOD! If He doesn't want you listening to it, then He will tell you. What may cause one person to stumble, won't cause another to fall. If watching the television show, "ER" makes you stumble in your walk, then don't watch it. But don't tell someone else not to watch it. Just because it may mess up your Christian walk, does not mean it'll do that to another believer. Of course, we should always draw a line. I am so sick and tired of hearing the stupid argument from Christians, "so, you're saying that if a Christian says that watching porn won't ruin their walk, then it's okay for them to watch it." No, I am not saying that. DUH! How stupid can a person be? Certain things are obviously wrong. The Bible says that its a sin to be sexually immoral so of course watching porn is wrong, whether you think it'll ruin your walk or not. But what I am saying, is that if God tells one Christian to throw out his or her secular tapes and not listen to it anymore, does not mean that He is going to say that to every Christian. I'm not sure if it was God or not, (because I hadn't been praying about this to be quite honest with you), but not to long ago, I got the urge to go through all of my tapes and CDs and throw out all of the bad ones (Poison, Guns n' Roses, etc) and keep the ones that are decent. I decided that I would try and stop listening to ungodly music altogether. Now, just a few months later, about 97% of my music collection consists of Christian music. I only have a few secular CD's and most of them are Broadway musicals and movie soundtracks (many of those just have music, no lyrics). I think I have about 4 or 5 CDs in all that are by secular artists. I think you definitely need to go to God in this matter and ask Him what you should do, just like with anything else. Stop trying to talk other Christians into not listening to secular music. That should be left between them and God. Nobody should interfere with someone else's relationship with God.

The truth of the matter is, is that no matter what the music is (secular or Christian) you need to be cautious. You have to stop judgiong the music based on the music's label, "secular" or "Christian" and instead, go online if you can and find the lyrics so that you can read them before buying the music (if you don't know much about the artist or CD beforehand). Sure, that may take time, but if you're buying the music for a child, you'll do all that you can to keep them safe and keep garbage out of their lives. Whether secular or Christian, we all have to be careful with what is going into our heads. As the saying goes, Garbage in, Garbage out, and trust me, Christian music is not immune from that saying.

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