This is a guest post by Joe Wilkie.
If you like music, chances are you are familiar with Apple’s online music store, iTunes. Recently I logged into the store looking for something to buy with a gift card I got for Christmas. As I usually do, I checked the top ten songs. What I saw interested me. This lead to further research. What I found was not pleasant. I looked up the lyrics to every one of the top ten singles, and my research indicated that nine out of the ten either cursed or had sexually suggestive lyrics. My question was: how did they reach this status? The answer: Our culture has become desensitized. As Christians, we must be above this.
In Philippians 4:8, Paul says, “Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.” I don’t know about you, but when I listen to a song, often times the lyrics get stuck in my head. If I am listening to the newest Lil’ Wayne single, chances are my mind is not going to be thinking pure and lovely and honorable thoughts.
Christians are to be the salt of the earth. and the light of the world, as Jesus said in Matthew 5:13-14. If we act the same way as the sinful world or listen to the same sinful music, our light will be hidden under a basket.
This weekend, I want you to take some time to go through your iTunes and make some cuts. Ask yourself is this the type of music I should be listening to as a Christian. Perhaps another way of viewing this would be to ask yourself how people would think of you if they picked up your iPod and started scrolling through your songs. Would they think it is the iPod of a Christian? We must not become desensitized like the rest of the world. Let us make an effort to set ourselves apart from the world in every way and that includes something as trivial as music.