So what are the benefits of listening to Christian and Gospel music versus listening to secular music? The Bible says 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.”
Good Gospel music is still abundantly available for our listening pleasure today—these are songs which will encourage, lift us up and testify what God has done and what He can do. Non-Christian music truly does affect our relationship with the Lord! While not all non-Christian music is bad or sends a negative or evil message ask yourself if you as a Christian would to play that song if the Lord was physically in the room with you. Probably not—even if it isn’t bad!
Why? Because a true Christian knows deep inside that if something doesn’t glorify God, it probably does not please Him. With songs of hope and promise available why would a Christian who loves the Lord choose to listen to songs that drag us down emotionally and spiritually? There is an old joke about what you get when you play secular country music backwards.
You get your wife back; you get your dog back. Why would anyone choose to listen to junk that promotes finding peace in a bottle of alcohol or talks about cheating on your spouse. What kinds of Gospel music do we listen to and sing? There are horizontal songs which testify to others about God’s goodness and what He can do. Then there are vertical songs which we sing as praise directly to the Lord. It doesn’t matter whether the song is old school or new if it has the Gospel message!
In 2nd Corinthians 7:1, it says”
“…Let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.”
God created music to be holy and pleasing unto Him. He created it to be worship and praise unto Him. That includes what we put in our ears.
Christian music is no longer just boring old gospel or worship music. There is a lot of good contemporary, rock, pop, even hip-hop Christian music. I’ll admit, I’ve often wondered about Colossians 3:16, where it says, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom and as you sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs with gratitude in your heart to God.”
I don’t know how many of us would be able to listen to just hymns. They carry a great message in that most of them relate to the writers directly or even picked the lyrics right from the word of God. Now let’s focus in on the last part of the verse: “spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.” I think as long as we are
a) listening to music that glorifies God,
b) remembering the sole purpose for why God created music, and
c) keep God in our hearts and remember to praise Him, then what does the genre matter?