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A Quote and Thoughts


From CJ Mahaney’s “Wordliness” (we’re reading it as a small group), Bob Kauflin of Sovereign Grace Ministries writes on music:

“He redeemed us to purchase our forgiveness and to earn us a place among those who ‘no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.’  That means music is no longer ours to use however we want.  It never was.  It was never meant to provide what can be found only in a relationship with the Savior.  Music is a precious gift, but it makes a terrible god.”

We make all kinds of excuses.  At least personally, most of them are Terrible, with a capital T.

“I like the beat”    “Oh but I don’t listen to the lyrics that much”     “Give me some credit I would never do those kinds of things”      “It’s what I’ve grown up listening to”


The fact is, we’ve been called as believers to surrender our lives to the Lord.  Except for our choices in music, of course.  Especially if we’ve grown up listening to hip hop or since Taylor Swift and her love songs are really pretty innocent anyway.  Really, it’s no harm if we just allow it all to just enter our head and never act on it.

What we feed our minds results in A LOT more than just our immediate actions.  I certainly haven’t gotten it all figured out, but I can definitely see the result of my own listening to hip hop, rap, and even just “normal” top-40 stuff.  Result: a twisted view of the world, not always completely opposite to, but certainly not congruent with what God meant Christ-likeness to be.

There are certainly explicitly bad choices in music. I think even though most of us know these are bad pieces of mind-food, we don’t do what we’re supposed to do…

But the point is, there are we might call “neutral” or “normal” music.  Let’s see, like… TS for example.  Nothing hugely sinful (I don’t think… I don’t really listen to her music, but from what I can gather), but nothing great either.

So is listening to TS wrong?

Wrong question.

What about TS is productive?  What about this kind of music is pleasing to the Lord?  What attitudes and themes does it convey?  Do they measure up to a greater standard?

Think, pray, read, pray, repeat.  Then delete.


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