Hi everyone! Today, I am just going to share with you an essay I wrote for school.
Many people have strong opinions about what Christian music is acceptable, but I believe the Bible says that it doesn’t matter which style the music is. Perhaps the reason that this is such a controversial topic is that the Bible doesn’t say anything very specific on the subject. Some believe that the only acceptable music is strict, old-fashioned hymns. Others are a little less traditional and might allow some southern gospel and similar styles into the mix, but are still very conservative. Some enjoy all styles, while many don’t like the old hymns. On the other end of the spectrum, some incorrectly think we are saved by grace and therefore allowed to listen to whatever we want to, as God will always forgive us. (That is another subject entirely.)
I personally believe that whatever style of music, be it hymns, southern gospel, contemporary, praise and worship, rap, rock, or otherwise, is acceptable as long as the music communicates in a God-honoring way. Paul stated in Philippians 4:8, “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” I believe that is a very good guideline for judging Christian music.
Another helpful Scripture is Galatians 5:22-23, which says, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” I try to remember that music choices for Christians should inspire at least one of these. If it doesn’t, I should turn it off.
Looking at how music is used in the Bible can also guide us today. People such as David and Moses wrote beautiful, emotional songs in the Bible. David also danced before God in 2 Samuel 6:14: “And David danced before the LORD with all his might;” The Israelites played a wide range of instruments as well, such as the harp, lyre, tambourine, pipes, and timbrels. Psalm 150:4 says, “Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs.” The Israelites also sang and danced freely during celebrations or just to worship God. They certainly weren’t always reserved in their music and celebrating, and neither do we need to be. Jeremiah 20:13 says to “Sing unto the Lord, praise ye the Lord: for he hath delivered the soul of the poor from the hand of evildoers.” And Ephesians 5:19 states, “Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord.”It’s all right to listen to upbeat things if it makes you want to praise and worship the Lord.
In conclusion, I do not believe the Bible says anything against any style of Christian music. I also believe what Christian music you listen to is your personal choice, as long as it is based upon what the Bible says about music. If there is any kind of music you don’t enjoy or that makes you uncomfortable, don’t listen to it. It’s a matter to settle in your own heart with God.
Thanks for reading! God bless y’all, BBG