Why I Don't Listen To Secular Music Anymore
My journey to reaching a place where I only listen to worship music has been amazing. If you would have told me that I would have stopped listening to Bryson Tiller about two years ago, I probably would have laughed at the thought of it. Despite his beautiful voice (the type to get you in your feelings) like many artists, his music was very explicit.
If you’ve known me for a long time, you’d know that I adored Bryson Tiller. Yes, I was that crazy fangirl who loved his music and his whole vibe. For my sixteenth birthday, I got tickets for when he came on tour and I guess at the time, I thought his music was soul music. If anything, it was destroying my soul…
“You say, “I am allowed to do anything”—but not everything is good for you. You say, “I am allowed to do anything”—but not everything is beneficial.” – 1 Corinthians 10:23
The Bible reminds us that as believers we are set free. Though we have freedom in Christ, not everything is good or beneficial for us. As believers, we are called to discern which music is beneficial and which leads us to vice. So, we must ask ourselves what are we exposing ourselves to? What are we nourishing our souls with? In what ways are we conditioning our minds?
“So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” – 1 Corinthians 10:31
Yet, if we take a hard look at some of the music we listen to, it’s filthy and far from glorifying God. I’m guilty of having listened to music by Trey Songz, Chris Brown, J Cole, Bryson Tiller and many others that have distorted our view of sex, ‘normalised’ cheating and glorified violence. I’m guilty of having watched music videos that have objectified women, making them accessorises to men. Through being spiritually blinded, I failed to realise that none of these things were of God’s Kingdom. None of these things edify us.
“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.” - Philippians 4:8
As believers, we’re called to be counter-cultural. If everything we do is to glorify God, you’ll soon realise that means being resistant to the trends of this world. Secular music is not intrinsically bad, rather it is more about the message and how it sets the tone. It can either bring us to holiness and virtue or lead us to vice. It can either draw us to God or draw us away. It doesn’t make sense to vibe to worship music on Sundays, but then vibe to explicit music every other day of the week. We’ve got to get rid of this lukewarm mentality – it’s either all or nothing.
"But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth!" - Revelations 3:16
The truth is I kept on pretending that God doesn’t care about the kind of music I listened to, but the more I got to know Him, the more I realised He does care. It transformed the way I perceived sin; what I once saw as something that was not that deep, now I see as something that was restricting me from developing a deeper relationship with God.
For me, it’s a testimony to the fact that Jesus can transform you into a new creation when you give your life to Him. Two years ago, my heart was hardened, I knew my music wasn’t glorifying God in the slightest, but I didn’t care. Yet, slowly God melted that heart of stone to desire the right things.
My advice would be to detox from anything that glorifies premarital sex, drugs, alcohol and violence or anything that contains vulgar or explicit language, since these things are not pure. Rather find artists that glorify God with their lyrics and in their music videos. Pray that more artists use their voice to glorify God, not the things of this world.
Worship music is beautiful. It's the only thing I'm drawn to now because not only is it uplifting and powerful, it’s motivating and full of passion and ultimately, it draws me closer to God. If Hillsong, Elevation Worship and Bethel are not for you, try Christian rap. It’s about seeking God in every aspect of your life, including your choice of music.
For some inspiration, these are a few of my favourites out of the 500+ worship songs I have on Spotify. Don't forget to follow my Instagram: @seedsofloveblog where I also share other worship music I love.
If you have any music suggestions comment them down below, as I’d love to give them a go :)