I grew up listening to all kinds of music. B2K, Pretty Ricky, Lil Wayne, Childish Gambino… just to name a few. In fact, my musical taste was all over the place! When I was younger, if you asked me what kind of music I listened to, I’d tell you “Mostly anything except country”, haha. I’ve said that line more times than I can count!
Imagine my surprise, when my husband came up to me one day after 30+ years of listening to that type of music and said that he thinks we need to stop listening to anything that isn’t about God. I was shocked. I was actually sad at first. I was sad for that part of me that thought I’d be giving something up.
Today, I listen to Christian music daily. There isn’t a day that goes by that our family isn’t listening to a Christian song. And to my surprise, there is a WHOLE ENTIRE WORLD of my and my family’s favorite genre: Christian hip hop music! I literally had no idea. I was clueless.
Now that you also know that there is a whole world out there of Christian Hip Hop Music, let me explain the reasons why you should consider listening to Christian music.
Oh man. Music is powerful. It can influence our moods, our mind, how we speak, and even how we think! Sometimes, we don’t realize it. Or at least, I know that I wasn’t really aware until I stopped listening to music that wasn’t fulfilling my life! One of the biggest things for me is how influential Christian music can be. I mean, we’re singing for the Lord after all. What can ever be more influential than always being in a state of God when you’re listening to music? (Answer: Nothing!)
The influence that music has on us is incredible. It can heal, help people through a difficult time, and it can even give us a new perspective! With our 5 kids, it’s our goal to try and be the best influences on them. That means listening to music with a great message, and not music that doesn’t speak life and good thoughts into our kids.
2- No Bad Words
Having music with no bad words is something I assume most parents want. They don’t want their child repeating the bad word they learned from a song at school. How embarrassing. Of course, they’re bound to hear those words sooner or later, but it doesn’t have to be from you.
I can’t count the times I used to have to change the radio in the car because of either the cursing or they were singing about something that no child should be listening to, hearing, or thinking about. Listening to Christian music cancels that out. You don’t have to worry about them dropping F-bombs or talking about sexual things, drugs, etc. You know what I mean.
3- It Encourages You To Think About What You’re Listening To
Listening to Christian music in our house has come with a lot of great conversation. We talk about the artist, the message of the song, and what it is they’re really saying. I used to have a bad habit of liking a song solely for its beat. (Sometimes I still do, but I’m also more aware now.)
I mean, who doesn’t love a good beat, am I right? My husband teaches me things in a new light all of the time and one thing he tells the kids and I is that if we don’t know what it is the artist is singing about, you probably shouldn’t be listening to it or singing it yourself.
He encourages them to do their research and pay attention and listen to the lyrics, which has made me do the same. We listen to music and laugh, dance, and it brings such joy throughout our home. We just got a Google Nest and the kids love putting it on in the mornings or when they’re playing and just LOVE to dance.
4- Not Allowing The Devil In
This one is huge. So many provocative songs have crazy terrible meanings behind them. They are not for God, they are for the opposite. So, if you can consciously choose to not let the devil in, wouldn’t you do that for your kids?
Now let’s be clear. I’m not perfect. I still catch a song every now and then that’s not Christian and listen to it. However, if it really truly has bad meaning, words, etc I do not. But, I’m not saying I’m a prude, and that I’m against all other music because that’s not true.
There are a lot of great songs out there that aren’t technically “Christian”, but it has a great message. You have to be the judge. If it gives you a bad vibe, it’s probably something you should avoid listening to.
5- The Great Sacrifice
So, of course, when I agreed to cut toxic music out of our life, I felt sad. I felt like I was missing out. At first I was in denial that there was anything wrong with the music we were listening to.
But as I listened, was patient, and learned, I was able to fully embrace and accept it and now I can’t imagine my life without it. I realized that it was one of the many sacrifices that we need to make in order to strengthen our relationship with God. And it was such a necessary step.
Let’s also not forget the sacrifice God made for us.
I’m so thankful for these awesome artists who create these amazing songs. And I’m thankful to my husband for making the suggestion to strengthen our family in Christ. Without him I truly don’t know where I’d be in my faith today, (I’d be growing I hope because I have always and will always be a believer) but I would not probably be growing my faith at the rate I am now because of him.
In conclusion, I truly and deeply challenge you to reevaluate the music you listen to.
Really ask yourself, what is the music providing you? Is it giving you a different perspective or is it talking about provocative things that aren’t good for your life and are not fueling your soul? Pray about it. God will guide you!
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