Reading this devotion may be painful to your flesh!
Cyanide, Part 3
I ended my last devotion by telling you about a special speaker whose message greatly challenged me in my thinking. He was talking about the music we listen to. Since I had burned my KISS albums years before then, I had a very defiant attitude at first, but as the evening progressed, he had my full attention.
As I walked to the car, I remember praying for the strength to change the radio to a different station. The station I had been listening to was hard core, rock music. After choosing to obey the conviction I had felt in church that evening, I noticed something amazing later in the week. I had not cussed in several days. This was HUGE because every other word from my mouth was normally something very foul. I hadn’t thought of suicide for days, and I no longer wanted to drink or smoke. I even stopped battling sexual thoughts. It was INCREDIBLE! This took place almost thirty years ago, and I have never gone back to listening to rock music or any other kind of music besides Christian. I can truly testify to the fact that listening to rock music (or any other kind of music that is not Christian), is like spiritual cyanide.
If we think about the content in the lyrics to rock music, we find that they are filled with deceit, lying, violence, carousing, adultery, illicit sex, hell, Satan, death, anger, and occultic themes. There are even songs that talk about selling your soul to the devil. Many songs teach disrespect for authority, as well as disrespect for women. Clearly, rock music is filled with much darkness.
Let’s take a look and see what the Word has to say to us on this issue.
Galatians 5:16 tells us that through living by the Spirit, it will keep us from gratifying our sinful desires. The sinful desire craves what is contrary to the Spirit. – The inference here is that if I listen to rock music, which is so filled with darkness, I will have a hard time living by the Spirit.
Galatians 5:24 tells us that those who belong to Jesus have crucified their sinful nature with its passions and desires. – If we continue to listen to rock music, which is so full of sinful lyrics, have we really crucified our sinful nature?
Romans 6:1 says that we have died to sin. How can we live in it any longer? – If we make a habit of listening to ungodly music, aren’t we still living in sin, being that the lyrics are full of it?
Romans 6:4 tells us that we were buried with Christ so that we may live a new life. – This means that we should no longer be holding to old, sinful things.
Romans 6:12 commands us not to let sin reign in our bodies so that we obey its evil desires.
A thought often becomes an action, so if we fill our minds with ungodly music, chances are high that we will end up acting out some of the very lyrics which fill our mind.
Colossians 3:1-3 tells us that we are to think on things above, letting heaven fill our thoughts. — I think it would be very hard to let heaven fill my thoughts if I saturate my mind with ungodly words.
Colossians 3:5-8 commands us to do away with sinful, earthly things. We are to deaden those desires that lurk within us. We are not to have anything to do with sexual sin, impurity, lust, or shameful desires. God’s anger is on those who do such things. It is time to cast off those garments. – This scripture makes it clear that by continuing to soak our minds with music that is filled with sexual sin, lust, and impurity, we stir up God’s anger.
Colossians 3:10 tells us that we should be trying continually to become more and more like Christ. – In my own struggle, I shared how I continued to struggle with old, sinful habits, rather than becoming more and more Christ-like in my behavior.
Some of you may say that the issue of rock music is a matter of personal choice, but God Word tells us differently. In Ephesians 5:19, it commands us to let the Words of Jesus enrich our lives, making us wise. We are to sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, making melody in our heart to the Lord. This same command is seen again in Colossians 3:16-17. Obviously, God is stressing the importance of listening to and singing music that is uplifting to our spirits. – This is a clear commandment regarding the type of music Christians should be listening to, and rock music does NOT meet the criteria!
Proverbs 13:20 tells us that a companion of fools will suffer harm. The musicians we listen to will become our companions. Even though it has been over twenty years since I have listened to rock music, if I am in a store that happens to playing some of the music I used to listen to, I can still remember most of the lyrics, word for word. Obviously, there is a great amount of power in music. Even King Saul saw this when he called for David to play the harp so that he wouldn’t be tormented by the evil spirits. (I Samuel 16:14-23)
By giving us a clear command in Ephesians 5:19 to sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, the implication is that if we choose to disobey, we are sinning. In First John 1:5-6, we see that God is light. There is no darkness in Him. If we claim to have fellowship with Him, yet choose to walk in the darkness of rock music, we are liars who do not live by the truth. In verse 10, it tells us that if we claim we have not sinned, we are calling God a liar and His Word has no place in us.
If you are annoyed by the hard truths shared here, you may very well have a love problem. For when you truly love God, you will obey Him. (John 14:15) If you listen to rock music, and you don’t think it affects you, I would suggest that you go back and read the questions I asked in the last devotion, and answer them honestly.
God wants His people to wake up and put on beautiful clothes. He wants us to take off the slave bands from our necks, leaving our bonds and slavery, for we are to be His holy people.
While I have focused mainly on rock music in this devotion, due to my own personal struggles with it, the truths shared here are applicable to what we watch on TV, where we go on the Internet, and even what books we read.
Next time I will wrap up this series with some final thoughts.
© 2006, Stacy R. Miller