I have decided to follow Jesus and leave secular music behind

by - Wednesday, October 22, 2014

[1 John 2:15-17] - Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.

This year I have felt convicted about certain things in my life. I must say it has been a year of deep spiritual cleansing and self realisation. It is important to know who you are in Christ, the beautiful King/Queen that deserves the best. I will focus on secular music on this post. It is hard to be a Christian and allow secular music to pollute my mind. See, when you are dealing with matters of the world it is important to guard your heart. How is secular music helping me, at a time where music videos are becoming more and more explicit and immodest dressing is the norm? I had to break free. In order to stay focused, you must be wise with your time - what you watch, your circle of people you keep around, music. Without Christ I am weak, so I choose to serve Him in a way that will will be pleasing to Him...

Let me explain..

I grew up liking Hip-Hop music. I liked other genres too but this was my favourite. Unfortunately, I have a weakness for a good beat and I have to fight my flesh everyday in order to stay focused. Being a Christian does not mean that you are "made". The devil is looking for ANY opportunity for you to fall. But God forbid, we must continue to fight. 

As you can see from the images below, I had bought all of "The Game" Albums. I actually was a fan girl. However, I noticed a few things as time went on within my walk in Faith. A great amount of guilt when listening to such music - It got to a point where I could not even sing or dance along, how could I when every other lyric was about sex, drugs, glamorising of rape or any other demonic related topic. Call me judgemental but I am not the one who wrote the Bible. Jesus is the ultimate judge and I aim to live in His will. 

A second thing was that the music was constantly re-playing in my head. The thing is, most secular music is awfully catchy with a good sounding beat, but it promotes negativity. I.e. sexualisation of women's bodies, lust etc. Just all the things that go against God's word. "The Game" even came out with an album called "Jesus Piece" and I felt like within that album Jesus was being crucified all over again. I do not know what I stupidly thought when purchasing the album, whether he would genuinely be praising Jesus. The album name itself is degrading and I am tired of the cross being this glamorised jewellery piece worn in vain. Furthermore, I am tired of the whole "Jesus is my homie", "Jesus is so dope", "I cannot help being a slave to sin" attitude because believe me this whole following Jesus thing is nothing to be looking cool about. Often you will be ridiculed and cursed. But blessed is He who is insulted for following Jesus. 

[Matthew 5:11] - Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward 
in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

[1 Corinthians 13:11] - When I was a child, I talked like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me [NIV Version].

There comes a time where maturity must set in - in no way do I feel as though I am perfect or the "better Christian" as there is no such thing. I just feel that I am at a stage where I have made a serious decision to engage in things that will better my life. I am striving for discipline in my life and secular music had to go. All it does is remind me of my past sins which I have already repented and been forgiven for - so it is all in the past where it shall stay.

[Phillipians 4:8] - Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

I will no longer be that woman that goes to the club to degrade herself for the love of the world, or one who cares about being up to date with the latest music. I do not mind if you think I am lame because all I want to do is read my Bible alone and spend crazy time with Jesus. I cannot serve two masters and can no longer become distracted anymore - It is bad enough that at some points some secular music plays in my mind and I am doing the most to tune it out. 

I pretty much broke all my CDs, deleted all my iTunes music including that Beyoncé album that I bought and downloaded last year, because as much as the glitz and glamour is pretty looking, the world is all about lies and deceit. I choose to be anchored in the truth. I cannot support someone who has the devil's sign "666" in her video (see image below) and overly sexual, immodest and lustful mannerisms. Please do not let the world deceive you. 

If you look closely, the "666" is spray painted subtly on the woman to the left's shirt. 

[Revelation 13:18] - This calls for wisdom. If anyone has insight, let him calculate the number of the beast for it is man's number. His number is 666. 

I do not dislike the person, but rather the sin/their ways of behaving. So... if I have offended you then perhaps you should consider whether secular music is for you. As a Christian when listening to music you should consider the message (is is a positive one?) and of course that underpins how that will influence you as a person. Because believe me the music industry has people acting all types of crazy out here. Promoting violence, racism, ignorance and all types of negativity. Not for me. 

I would rather keep it light and listen to music with a clean positive message; preferably Gospel music. Amen.. Praise Jesus!!

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  1. Woooooooow...very honest and very brave. I really like the fact that you did not put people down you just gave your views. It's not a step but a huge leap you have taken. It can be difficult sacrificing something in faith and it's highly respectable that you have done this.

    God bless you in your walk, only victory awaits. This shows you stand for something.

    1. Thanks brother, I truly appreciate all the consistent support! God will continue to bless you abundantly. Amen!

  2. Thanks for your insight on this topic which has always been a problem for me :3 Loving the blog so far, it would be great if in the future you could make a post about what songs you listen to now :)

    1. Thanks for reading sis, right now I hardly listen to music, just praise music at the moment. This has been a recent development in my life so I am still deciding what music to listen to. Thank you for the support - God bless.

    2. Great post! The great thing is there is a wealth of music out there that praises God! The secular music is defo a destructive route, the worst thing is that nowadays the sexualisation of women and the other things you mentioned is just seen as normal. Very sad.

    3. Amen, thanks for the support :)