Yesterday, I published the first part of this article, and today someone else is lending her voice on this issue. Read the piece below.
This is a very grey area. Not much is being said about it but let's talk about it today, shall we? Music is about the most beautiful, potent resource the world has ever known and produced. We use it to create harmonious and melodious sounds as well as to express how we feel. There's music for every occasion. When we celebrate, we sing and dance to upbeat music. When we are mourning, we listen to the dirge. When we are in love, we sing love ballads.
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In our places of worship, we sing praise or worship songs. There's music for any mood we may be currently feeling. Indeed, the world would be a rather dull place without music. Those who make good music are gifted human beings that have blessed and are still blessing the world with their creative craft. Their craft is so important and appreciated that we give them awards and laurels for their contribution to humanity's sense of joy, beauty and expression.
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We all love music (okay, maybe that's a stretch) but at least most people love music. We all listen to music and we can't help it because there's music all around us. But how about the Christian who's been called to live differently? Should we listen to every and any music? Should we restrain our choice of music to only hymns and songs of praise? That would surely make for a bland existence, I reckon. That said, I personally believe we should let God into this space too and let Him guide our choice of music.
I say this because all music is inspired and because our God is all knowing, He knows the source of inspiration behind every song and piece of music. It makes a lot of sense to surrender even this aspect of our lives to Him in order to stay out of trouble in this day when there is so much spirituality going on. I strongly believe that music is a kind of key that unlocks portals. Imagine how worship music has the potential of opening Heavenly portals and ushering us into the very presence of God or vice versa, that's exactly the same way some other kind of music can open the door to demonic activity. It's no wonder that one can listen to a song and go and commit suicide soon after. It's no wonder you can listen to a song and go away feeling very depressed or angry.
I love music. I also love singing. I even dare to say I have a talent for singing. Just recently, I did a virtual cover of a very nice song with someone online. It was a very popular song by a very famous artiste. The outcome was a truly beautiful duet. However, I felt uneasy about singing that song. I couldn't quite put a finger on what was wrong but something didn't feel right. On the face of it, the lyrics are about a woman professing her deep love for her lover; however the words were just short of ascribing deity to the said lover.
Now I was torn between the uneasiness I was feeling about this song and how beautiful our performance was. After a long internal struggle, I had to take the cover down because it wasn't worth losing my peace over. I don't know if it was God or just my over active conscience, either way I value my peace more than anything. I still feel a sense of loss since the deletion but not to worry, there will be more songs, more wonderful performances. So it's really okay.
Music is a very present, major part of our lives. We can't escape it, unless of course we go to the desert (even there, the wind still makes music). We should not be afraid of exploring different genres of music. This article is not about insisting we sing or listen to only gospel music. It's only suggesting that we should be discerning about the kind of music we listen to. Vulgar music with strong sexual themes which only reduce a woman's body to a mere piece of meat, for instance, would only fill our minds with garbage, and as the saying goes 'garbage in, garbage out.'
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About The Author: Jacqueline is a lawyer as well as a PR professional. She is also mom, to two energetic soldiers who constantly keep her on her toes, until they fall asleep. In her spare time, she loves to sing and is also an aspiring writer. Connect with her on Instagram with @zeerrific1.