For as long as music has existed, Godly men have had their opinions about it. Today, I hear opinions that music with a drum or a quick beat is from the bowels of hell. But that's all that is: an opinion. Malformed at that, for I can find no scriptural evidence that music should not have a drum track or a guitar or a bass or a rhythm or a beat.

I've never been a music snob (although I've riled against country and rap in my youth, which ended yesterday). Music snobs seem to think that their preference for music should be shared by all. I guess one understands with age (I have lots of age at this point) that everybody has different tastes, and opinions are not fact. Some people like Britney Spears, some like Barry Manilow, and some like Nine Inch Nails. Some listen to classical or opera and others listen to country and pop. Some like all of those, and some like none of them.

Then I hear it said that "Christian" rock music (their quotes) is an attempt by the armies of the underworld to lure its target audience away from God and into harder, more evil music. If that's the case, Satan is failing in that mission.

For example, Toby Mac (who used to be with D.C. Talk) has a song called "Made to Love." Those who have a problem with rocking Christian music would have us believe that this song originated in the depths of hell and is drawing people away from Christ and towards the devil with its rhythm and beat and wicked drum noises. But if you look at the comments from that video, you see something totally different. People express their passionate love for God and for Jesus.

"i love god and i will never let him go," says TheAmy422.

The most popular comment (at the time of this post) is a testimony that the song helped draw the listener back to God!

"you know, there was a time where i loved God so much....then i started fading away. I got worse and worse until God finally took away one of the things that i loved most. And we all experienced this truth, the time you see God best is when you are so low that the only place you can look is up at him. Now i'm on my way back to daddy, thank you Father" (tig3rbit3r).

And this is supposed to be Satan's doing?

The Bible says, "And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand. And if Satan rise up against himself, and be divided, he cannot stand, but hath an end" (Mark 3:25,26).

Christ was saying these words because some of the religious leaders of the day were suggesting his behavior was demonic. Sounds familiar.

In reality, these men reveled in their power and the exercise thereof. They wanted to lord over others, to control them. They wanted to be respected or praised for their wisdom. But Christ was doing no demonic thing, and told them, "If it's the devils work, his house will fall because he's working against himself."

Satan will not work to send people to God, nor stir their passion for Christ! So, maybe we're just experiencing some music snobbery?

The religious leaders said that Jesus "had an impure spirit." That sounds familiar. Again.

But we know better. Jesus' spirit was the most pure a spirit could get! So, if the religious leaders of that day could claim Christ- God Himself!- was working for Satan, then I have doubts that today's religious leaders can recognize the workings of Satan in Christian music.

Here's a particularly hard song from a group called Demonhunter (scary!). The song is "Driving Nails" and an acoustic version.

The first time I heard that song, I cried, because it reminded me of what Jesus went through for me. It's hard and passionate and dark, but that's where Jesus went for me. And those nails didn't just pierce His glorious and holy flesh... they pierced His pure and loving soul. Even today, if I'm alone when I hear this song, I let myself weep and praise Jesus, in awe of the terrible horror He experienced to save me. I realize how unworthy I am of this gift, and it strengthens and emboldens me to be worthy of it. (If I'm with others, I hold it in and tear up a little.)

This song makes me want to run to Jesus and fall on my knees and praise Him for this crazy thing He's done for me. Satan really screwed up there!

I like the song, enjoy the melody and the guitars and drums. You might hate the song. That's okay. We don't have to like the same kind of music. God intended us all to be unique, so we're going to have different preferences. But when a song makes me think of what Jesus did for me, makes me go on my knees weeping to Him in praise and worship, makes me want to spend eternity with Him, do you really think the song is having a corrosive effect on my spiritual life? If Satan did originate the song, do you think it's working for his kingdom or against it?

My taste for music doesn't include most rap music, most country music, and any "screamo" (Simon didn't care for it, either, LOL)." (I'm talking about Christian music, not mainstream or secular music, which can be and is obviously of this world.) But I will not claim that this music is from Satan (screamo sounds the most "demonic" to me because of the guttural screaming, but that is an opinion influenced by my upbringing- it does not make it inherently evil just because it grates on my soul. Remember, there are people who don't like hymns! It's a musical preference, not a measure of holiness.) If those kinds of music- that I don't like- moves someone to think on Jesus or God's kingdom, who am I to intervene? Would you come between a man and God?

I've even read comments for some of this "evil music" that the song brought the person to Christ! How is that for totally not hitting your objective in the war for souls?! In fact, it might be that instead of these songs being written by demons to draw people away from God, they're actually being written by angels to draw people to the Father. Maybe a Christian screamo song will influence for good a person who already likes screamo but doesn't yet know God.

Here's what the song writer from Demon Hunter said this about the song, "Carry Me Down":

"This song, although seemingly very sad and depressing, is in actuality a love letter to my friends and family. It is essentially something that I would want them all to know if I were to die. I ask my true friends to carry my casket down the aisle, and as they lay me into the ground, not to mourn for my soul, but rather rejoice for my salvation.

Death can be viewed as a very negative thing, but for Christians, it is where we find our true hope. Death is never something I would take lightly or toy with, but to address it I think can be very revealing. If you never spoke of the reality of death, you would be ignoring such an important part of life. This song asks my friends and family to save sorrow for the souls in doubt, for they know that my soul is safe."

Those who walk uprightly enter into peace; they find rest as they lie in death. -Isaiah 57:2"

Who's going to claim that Satan had a hand in writing that song? Some would outright reject the song as Satanic because it has a drum line and hard rocking guitars. In reality, it's just not their cup of tea.

One of my favorites is Emery's Ten Talents.

	Come home my dear because I love you. I love you still. 
	It's a slap in the face when I feel my complacency grow.  
	It's the thrill of the chase, when you catch it you just let it go.  
	I take for granted the grace that is given me daily I know, oh. 
	How can you say that you love me when all that I want. 
	All that I want is your blessing and then I am gone.  
	Nothing I do can make up for the things I have done, oh.  
	Your love is all we need. We're gonna make it.  
	So let's close our eyes tonight and just believe. 

You'll note the light, soft introduction, then the hard screamo! I'm like, what's up with that?!

The song says, "I'm not so good on my own." It means, "I need Jesus." Really, Satan? Thanks for that.

Skillet's Forgiven. Listen to that one, and then listen to the artist explain it. Now tell me it's from the devil.

So, while we as Christians can all relate to the lyrics of a Christian song, we might not all appreciate the style. That's still okay.

God intended us all to be unique, so we're going to have different preferences. We have different tastes for art, for clothing, for geography and weather, for food and drink. Some of us are morning people, some are night owls. Some like the opera, some like the theater, and some like the movies. Some read books and some can't stand to read. We're going to prefer different styles of music, too, and one is no worse than another.

Even so, a drum can't be evil. A guitar can't be evil. A rhythm can't be evil. Only the lyrics can express evil, and that's as far as you can go with proclamations of "evil music."

Saying that a "snare drum" is devious is just playing word games, and might even be fear-mongering. "Perfect love drives out fear" (1 John 4:18).

The fact that it's a "snare" drum is what we call a coincidence, used in a clever way to sell a message. Well I ain't buyin'. (And neither should you.)

I agree that there is no place for secular music in the life of a Christian, but that's because of the lyrics, not because of the style of music. The lyrics of secular songs are depressing or untruthful, holding up a fantastical kind of love that only leads to heartbreak despite the temporary pleasures. Secular songs are all about selfishness and sin.

Music with Christian lyrics, no matter what the package or style, serves some kind of purpose for the kingdom of God, and I don't dare snip even the thinnest of threads that draws a lost child to his Father.

2010-11-05 at 21:28:39 | 8 comments
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