To all the nice people who left me comments and read my blog these last few days:
I love you all. :) The reason I didn’t get back to you was because I was camping. Please forgive me this wrong. ;) Thanks a ton for all the encouragement. Now to the blog post…
So I know people always tell us as teens (well, to all Christians, but usually targeted towards younger adults) that we can’t just live out Christianity at church, but it has to be relevant in everything we do, everything we say, etc.
If you’ve been churched your whole life, you can recite this message by heart, I’m sure. I know for a fact that I can. But then a Christian girl I know said,
“I just don’t think that it’s possible to be truly in love with God an still listen to bad music, continue in sin, and watch sketchy movies without it bothering us.”
And that hit home. To be honest, I rarely ever listen to anything with swearing, “mature” themes, drugs, etc. Rarely. But there are some songs that are just so catchy I’m always finding myself singing them, listening to them, etc.
I then decided that I was going to only listen to Christian artists.
Do you know how hard it is to find Christian artists that don’t sound like the normal Christian singer? I want sounds like Ke$ha, Rhianna, etc. without the terrible lyrics. It’s almost impossible to find any Christian artists who sound like them. (If you know of any, please let me know.)
But still, I listen to songs that don’t necessarily have swearing in them, but definitely aren’t pleasing to God, and I don’t feel any prick of guilt from my conscience. At all.
And it makes me wonder, where did it go? I used to not be able to lie without coming crying 5 minutes later because I felt so convicted against what I had done. Now I can back myself up and make excuses.
That’s not good. God calls us to live a life holy and pleasing to him. Do you think he’s going to settle for second-best? If you do, you’re terribly wrong. God only takes those who are completely devoted to him in every aspect of their lives. Whether it’s what kind of people you befriend, what music you listen to, what movies you watch, whether you swear or not, whether you lie or not–everything has to be an honour to him.
He gave his life for you. Don’t you think he deserves something as small as your music choices?
(Side Note: I don’t even know how I know songs from bad artists–I don’t listen to radio, my friends’ ipods, anything, but I know a lot of them.)