When a subject is controversial we tend to not want to bring it up. We all have different opinions on music, there is room for differences.
Is music important to you? To some people, it is more important to some people than others, but music is very important to most of us and affects us very deeply.
This weekend we’ll be trying to look at things from the point of view of “what kind of music does God like?” God is not silent on the subject of music, but we don’t have direct instruction for every kind of music.
God loves music, He invented music. We all have things that affect how we look at life, music is no exception.
Musics’ first purpose is to honor and glorify God. Some things are acceptable to the Lord and some things are not. We are instructed to make melody in our hearts and to sing a “spiritual song.”
If music is for God’s glory that can help us tremendously in looking at what music we should be listening to. If God created music, He has the right to say what good music should be.
Music has a great influence on us. Satan is heavily involved with music. Music can affect our spiritual growth or lack thereof. Music is communicating messages. Music touches our hearts and reveals what is inside, what we love.
Music matters because it matters to God.
Four of the Ten Commandments are about worship. The highest calling of the church is worship. There is no higher calling for our lives to bring Him glory.
As you think about the music you don’t have to think very far to think of music that brings God down to the level of a human. The Bible never speaks of Jesus being a boyfriend or a lover in a sensual way.
Are our music choices excellent? Or do we spend a lot of time in the gray area?
We cannot see into the hearts of the people who write and record the music around us. However, we have much more access today to these people than we did in the past. We can learn a lot about the people who produce today’s music.
The message of the words and the message in the music need to compliment each other to make the most powerful connection to the listener.
Coca-Cola is one of the most recognized drinks in the world. This Coca-Cola bottle has been filled with motor oil. It looks like a soda, but it isn’t soda. We’ll be healthiest if we stick closest to water.
Think about your music choices and the mixes that are possible.
What drives the production of music?
If I’m an amateur musician, why would people buy your music? Is it your creativity and your ability to communicate?
Earning a living as a musician is not easy, much like any other job you do what you have to to pay the bills. You can’t sell someone something that they don’t want. Money drives the production of music that the public wants, above all else.
Carefully consider what is upstream from the water you’re drinking.
Scriptures used – 1 Corinthians 5:6-20, Matthew 5:29-30, 6:24, 12:25
This is part of a series of sermons preached by Steve Yoder at Youth Rally 2022. Here is a list of the sessions in order.
- Basis for Choices in Music
- The Power of Music #1
- The Power of Music #2
- Music Tests #1
- Using the Right Measuring Tape – Music Tests #2