I absolutely love all kinds of music. I used to listen to it all, and late last year I got into the whole rap scene. However, I started paying attention to the lyrics of some of the songs. What I heard made me so uncomfortable. Plus, I noticed that after I listened to these songs, it would remain in my head (you know how to you listened to a song earlier and then you start singing it unconsciously throughout the day) and make me more prone to use profanity. Some songs just outright encourage wrongful thoughts. I started to wonder whether it was wrong to listen to such songs, especially after reading Ephesians 5:4 (CEB): “Obscene language, silly talk, or vulgar jokes aren’t acceptable for believers. Instead, there should be thanksgiving.”
I prayed about it and the Holy Spirit guided me to Mark 7:14-23 (AMP):
“After He (Jesus Christ) called the people to Him again, He began saying to them, “Listen [carefully] to me all of you, [hear] and understand [what I am saying]: there is nothing outside a man [such as food] which by going into him can defile him [morally or spiritually]; but the things which come out of [the heart of] a man are what defile and dishonour him. [If anyone has ears to hear, let them hear].”
Later, Jesus explained that “whatever goes into the man from outside cannot defile and dishonour him, since it does not enter his heart, but [only] his [stomach], and [from there it] is eliminated…. Whatever comes from the [heart of] a man, that is what defiles and dishonours him. For from within, [that is] out of the heart of men, come base and malevolent thoughts and schemes, acts of sexual immorality, thefts, murders, adulteries, acts of greed and covetousness, wickedness, deceit, unrestrained conduct, envy and jealousy, slander and profanity, arrogance and self-righteousness and foolishness (poor judgement). All these evil things [schemes and desires] come from within and defile and dishonour the man.”
This is the interpretation I see guys. That music is like food as it is external to the body and enters the man through his ears. However, unlike food it does enter the heart and it cannot be eliminated. The song stays with me in my head and my thoughts. I don’t believe that it is a sin to listen to music with “obscene language, silly talk, and vulgar jokes” and profanity. However, on the one hand, I do believe that it encourages sin and creates an area of temptation in our lives. On the other hand, I also do believe that you can listen to songs like these, not necessarily find it acceptable and not be tempted like me at all. Each to its own hey.
Given the above revelation for me, now I just avoid listening to songs of that nature. Don’t fret for me though, I still get my fix! I have found a couple of great feel-good gospel artists that meet my Rap needs, and if the Pop bug hits me, I’m sure I will find a gospel fix for that! If you want to sample some of what I’ve been dancing to, check out my podcast @ https://anchor.fm/pinkfigsblog !