Being afraid of music
As someone who grew up in the church, I was raised on the belief that, “Spirits ride on the wings of music.” The basis of this logic is that a singer/musician has the potential to either edify or weaken your spirit and that no one is immune to these effects. The logic ends with the axiom that if we are not careful to what we listen to, we leave our spirits vulnerable to attack. (Not to mention that Lucifer was the angel responsible for worship and music)
In practical terms, it would make sense for football players to listen to DMX before a game in much the same way many people have an Isley Brother’s song as part of their “setting the mood” play list.
It was my fear of being seduced by music that prevented me from listening to rap music without feeling like I wanted to wash my ears out with soap. It seemed simple because when a song has lyrics, it is usually easy to discern if this song is edifying your spirit or not. But then things got weird when there are no lyrics.
I grew up on Gospel music but for as long as I can remember; my travels to school in the morning were saturated with jazz music. Most jazz songs are straight instrumental so without the lyrics test, how was I to know if this music was helping or harming me? Overtime, my love for jazz music caused me figure that jazz was neutral, even though I had the inkling that if a jazz musician had a spirit like that of Marilyn Manson, I was in big trouble.
I then thought that Christian music had a better chance of being good but no one is perfect. And isn’t it possible to have a bad spirit but sing Godly lyrics? I was a mess, seriously. So then I thought I am only going to need two things for my listening pleasure, jazz music and…National Public Radio. My logic was simple, jazz music is neutral (in my mind) and at least with NPR, I would be learning and because it is talk radio, I didn’t have to worry about any spiritual question marks.
All of that brings me to a couple days ago. I was reading my Bible in silence and had a deep longing for the Gospel music I was raised on. (I really don’t like contemporary Gospel music for the most part, if there is someone you really like, please share) I pulled up iTunes and downloaded songs from The Winans, Take 6, and Commissioned. Maybe it was just because these artists’ songs remind me of growing up that I trust them, I don’t know. Either way, music matters and I felt my spirit man grow as the music ushered along my attempt to connect with Him through the Word.
Let me open it up to you though, where do you stand in the never-ending saga of what music you should or shouldn’t be listening to based on your spiritual beliefs?
Do you think you are immune from the effects of secular music?
Has music helped or harmed your spiritual walk in any way? Explain.
Looking forward to hearing from you,
Stay up fam,