A Worldly Lifestyle

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I’ve just finished reading this interesting article (see below) which i can relate too a lot, as i’ve been through this particular growth stage by cleaning up my music library, well more like deleting the whole lot and starting again! Have you had a similar conviction after giving you life to Jesus? Would love to hear your thoughts and experiences on this. 

Why Christians should not listen to secular music

But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light” – 1 Peter 2:9.

Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth forever.1 John 2:15-17.

Hip pop secular music and ChristianityOne sad truth in Christendom is the fact that many Christians do not recognize their identity in Christ. Being a Christian goes a lot more beyond being called a Christian. “Being a Christian is a work of a moment but living a Christian is a work of a lifetime,” Billy Graham observed.

Every Christian has a unique story to tell. However, in the midst of each story is a loving God who gave up is life as ransom for our sins. Different things and different circumstances had over the years led many to Jesus Christ. Every believer reading this post has been delivered from bondage of some sort. The Lord Jesus had met each of us at different points of our lives. Some have been delivered from drugs, others from excessive partying, clubbing and sexual promiscuity. And many others have been delivered from worldly lusts: the lust for money, the lust for material possessions, and greediness.

But when we become born again by the blood of the Lamb, we become new creatures (2 Corinthians 2:17), we become the sons and daughters of God (John 1:12), but most significant, we become a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation and peculiar people. The attributes and identities of believers have been made evident by the apostle Peter (See 1 Peter 2:9). There is a reason why God gives the believer all this attributes. It is so that we can “show forth the praises of him who hath called us out of darkness into his marvelous light” – 1 Peter 2:9b.

What does it mean to show forth the praises of God?

I believe it means doing away with worldly lifestyle; secular music, secular movies and anything that do not glorify our Heavenly Father who loved us and sent His Son to die to save us. The scripture says “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me” – (Galatians 2:20). Being in Christ means we are no more of the world. We have been delivered from the darkness and are now nigh to the marvelous light of God in Christ. This is why every Christian must grow to a point in their life where they can boldly say NO to secular music and all the profanity and deception that go with it.

How to Stop Listening to Secular Music

The lesson in Galatians 2:20 is that Christ lives in us. Every believer must always be conscious of the fact that Christ lives in us. Whenever you are tempted to sing or play a secular music, pause and ask yourself, “Will Jesus listen to this song I am listening to? Will He dance to this song I am dancing to? I have found this questioning approach to be an effective way to stop or quit listening to hip and secular music.

Alternatively Christians can stop listening to secular music by listening to more godly music. I used to really love hip pop, R & B and rap music. Now I am in Christ and I still enjoy these genres but I do it this time to edify myself and to praise the LORD my God. I no more listen to those secular artistes singing and rapping about sex, money, drugs and girls. Instead I listen to Christian rap music, Contemporary gospel and gospel reggae. It is the same rhythm but with edifying and uplifting lyrics. Just take a look at the music video below and you will understand what I am talking about. The song is by Lecrae(a Christian rapper). God bless you! 

About Steve Rebus

Christian, Blind photographer, husband, plays guitar and drums. Loves researching accessible apps and technology.

4 Responses to “A Worldly Lifestyle”

  1. In 1994 I took on the challenge during Lent to only listen to Christian music. Now, almost 20 Yrs later, I still do. It has bolstered my faith, increased my prayer life and changed my attitude to one of servant gratitude. God has blessed me through music lifted on high to Him in so many genre. Why listen to the wailings of the world. Set your mind on the things above.

    • Amen!!! Hallelujah!! It can be so hard to give up secular music as the flesh will always want you to stay polluted, and we seem to be in a minority, as most other ‘Christians’ (Church goers) around me listen to mostly secular music. It’s hard not to be tempted back by Christians who think its fine to love what the world has to offer.
      I find such clarity and blessing (like you) when listening to Christ focused music, it keeps my focus firmly on God!
      Thanks for you inspiring comment! Such a blessing to have a faithful sister like you to encourage me! 🙂

  2. I appreciate what you’re saying, but is it really possible to take any part of “the world,” put Christian words to it, and make it all right for Christians to participate in?

    • Wow, challenging comment.
      I believe the motive behind a believer’s decision about music, TV, movies, video games, food, speech, the list is endless, as in all matters of conscience, must be to please the Lord and devote ALL our heart, mind soul and strength to praise his Awesome and Holy name. Jesus didn’t leave any wriggle space in the word ‘ALL’, but it’s so difficult to change our behaviours towards pursuing purity when we have such a cunning deceptive world that forces us into the minority. We need to stand firm equipped the full armour of God in this spiritual war.
      Great to see you here! God bless. 🙂

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