The average song is 3 minutes and 30 seconds, and every song is a sermon. From the Beatles to Beyonce, every song is preaching to you. Some songs will preach fun, faith, fighting, or fornication, but they all preach something. These sermons shape who we are and what we think. There is always a message in the music
I’ll start with a question. Do you consistently choose to allow people you disagree with, who speak negatively about things you believe, or don’t have your best interest in mind to have your attention to speak to your heart and mind? If you are like most, the answer is an emphatic NO! If that’s the case, why would you treat your music any differently? Just like people, the music we choose is speaking its messages into our hearts and minds.
The thing about music that makes it different is that most don’t realize we are being preached to and that ultimately if we persist in that music, we agree with that preaching. When an artist is consistently talking about money and partying we don’t even realize we agree with them and that their sermon keeps us engaged in that mindset. Or if an artist is full of sadness, anger, and hopelessness, by our consistent listening, we are agreeing with them and staying engaged in that doctrine.
All this leads to the question, what sermon do you want to hear, and do you agree with the message? Be honest with yourself. What sermon do you want to listen to?
As scriptures say, you can’t serve two masters, because you will love one and hate the other. You can’t serve two musical master’s.
If you are seeking the Lord, yet consistently listening to the world’s 3-minute sermons, you’ll either begin to turn back to the things you were turning from, or have to stop listening to the world’s sermons. You can’t serve two masters.
As someone who tried to serve two masters, I know the pitfalls. At best you will be restless in both, and at worst you will begin falling away from the relationship and faith you are seeking.
We all love music, but the question is, which will you all to feed your soul and choose to listen to, and which master will you serve?