Did you know your choice of music has a greater effect on you than you may know or admit to? It’s true. And the effect can either be for the better or for the worse. So make up your mind, and do it quick before your brains get fried and your heart scrambled . . .
I must admit, R & B and hip hop tend to be very alluring to me. I love the beat, some of the voices, and some of the style. But when I choose to listen to it, I have to be especially cautious. Why? Let me explain to you the in’s and out’s (and this applies to all forms of music, not just the aforementioned):
THE LYRICS ARE SILENT KILLERS
Most people actually tend to overlook this point. They are mesmerized, captured, and lured in by the beat and give little thought to the words flowing from the speakers.
The words, admit it, in most songs are of a sexual nature these days if not just of love between unmarried people (it is veeeery rare to hear a song between married lovers). Listened to over a period of time, these songs can actually erode good morals. More than that, they put thoughts in your mind – some popular songs today graphically describe the sex act and cause it’s listener to give little attention to it because they ‘like the beat’.
This is not even touching some rap songs that speak of brutality, racism, etc. . . . and heavy metal is the epitome of degrading thoughts.
Lyrics we hear (or pretend not to) in our music are repeatedly linked to behaviors. From the young man going to jail because of the degrading rap he listens to on a daily basis to the husband committing fornication after a lifelong habit of listening to “sexy” music.
THE BEAT CAN MAKE YOU FEEL THINGS
The beat has more of a power of the human mind and body than many are willing to admit. Typically in r & b type music, the beat is described by some as “good love-making music”. While this is fine and dandy, is that same music making your mind wander to places it has no right to be?
WHO’S SINGING IN YOUR EAR, ANYWAY?
No one ever gives a moment’s thought to who is singing those songs. The writers and/or singers usually lead debased, immoral lives themselves and this is almost always translated into their lyrics.
WHAT SHOULD YOU DO?
Really put a lot of thought and effort into what you choose to listen to. Don’t just go with the flow of the radio stations, because they are in effect choosing what you should listen to. Instead, pick some of your favorite songs and put them on CD and keep a nice collection with you in your car or wherever it is you listen to music.
Remember scriptures like:
Jeremiah 17:9 : “The heart is more treacherous than anything else and is desperate.”
Ephesians 5:10 : “Keep on making sure what is acceptable to the Lord.”
Ephesians 5:3 : “Let fornication and uncleanness of every sort or greediness not even be mentioned among you, just as it befits holy people.”
Psalm 97:10 : “Oh you lovers of Jehovah, hate what is bad.”
Remember, music is a gift from our creator. There are good forms, but there also many bad ones especially in this world we are living in with falling morals! There is nothing wrong with good, wholesome music – even music that talks about love in it’s proper form. By all means, enjoy! Just keep in mind what kind of effect your choice of music will have on you, your family, your relationships, etc. in the future.