It’s everywhere we go. Workout: crank up the iPod. Going to work: turn up the stereo. On the way home from a long day: etc., etc. Music is woven into the very fabric of our lives. It’s a place that many people go to escape the pressures of life. For others, it’s a person that actually makes sense after a long day of nonsense. And to some it has become so natural to the process of a day that it’s significance is never even realized. Most people, in fact, might not even realize the role that music plays in their day to day activities. More importantly they probably don’t recognize the complete effect that a simple arrangement of sounds has on the decisions they make, the way they walk, talk, or even as much as who they are. More likely is that most would deny that something as seemingly innocent as a song could be any more profound than its melody and chorus. But it’s that melody and chorus, or hook, that is designed to bait you in, to get you humming along with the tune until you can’t get it out.
The verses in between serve as glue to hold the song together. All the while the lyrics are feeding your spirit. Music has long been used to drive emotion. It is employed everywhere to control the moods of crowds, from Friday night football to cinematic scores. Music can be used like a rudder on a ship to steer a crowd, without them ever knowing what’s happening. It is as though our connection to it is rooted so deep within us that it can act upon us in a physical manner. And those who exploit these attributes are truly masters of their subjects.
So how does all of this relate to you or me jamming out on the way home from work? “Those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies. These are the things which defile a man.” Matthew 15:18-20 That list sounds a lot like what’s on the radio. But rather than these things being rejected for the evil that they are, they’re being glorified and promoted as if they’re something I should be seeking to obtain. What’s worse is that these modern day Pied Pipers are luring our children as well. But then again, who are the children and who are the adults here?It would seem that although children could not recognize this filth for what it is, sober-minded, clear-thinking adults would see it, take a stand and shun this nonsense. Yet all the more often I see mom and son alike humming the same despicable tune.
Have the R. Kelly’s and Lil Wayne’s got people so enchanted that they are deaf to fact that their children are being morally robbed for the sake of entertainment! But not only the children. “Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.” Galatians 5:19-21
Also, please don’t assume that I am singling a particular artist or genre, this inexplicable immorality occurs across all divides. The people responsible, unless they repent, will be judged more harshly because of the influence they possess, on behalf of all the people they’ve chosen to wrongly influence. They are like teachers. I say to them, “Let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment.” James 3:1 It makes no difference if they want to be role model or not, they are. They’ve chosen a career that yields to them a tremendous amount of influence over innumerable young, impressionable minds. Therefore, they have a responsibility. And that responsibility is equal, I would argue that it could even be greater, than that of the educators paid to mold these young ones.
To help you understand how much weight these American idols have over these youngsters, I’ll quote from an artist called Katalyst. “Youth pastors say they can’t teach these little brains, but these babies can quote every word of Little Wayne.” Music is a gift from God Himself. It is also a tool, which can yield great power. Worst of all it is a weapon in the hands of irresponsible people who claim to love the artform. I’ll end here with one more verse to serve as a warning to anyone aspiring to become a “superstar”.
“From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.” Luke 12:48