This is a very uncomfortable subject for most people because the music we listen to and the movies we watch form an integral part of our day-to-day lives. They provide a release for our emotions, a retreat from our cares and fears, and sometimes they are just for our entertainment and relaxation. But as with every other thing in our lives, we need to ask certain critical questions about the kind of music we listen to and the kind of movies we watch.
Music is an immensely powerful tool, able to enter into a person’s subconscious even while the person isn’t paying attention. That’s why sometimes for those who learn with music in the background you can find yourself singing the words of a song instead of the notes you were trying to cram! In our world today, nearly all secular (i.e. non-Christian) music talk about money, drugs, sex, love (which is usually lust, really) or power, and it’s really difficult to watch a movie that doesn’t have a sex scene or at least a scene of some two unmarried people kissing. And then of course there are the music videos, the hybrid of the two, which are already well on their way to replacing pornographic videos. Can anyone please tell me the point of those scantily-clad women in Sydney’s video for ‘African Money’?
Philippians 4:8 says, “Finally, brothers, 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.” From this verse, it is obvious that God doesn’t just want to us to listen and watch just everything, and provides one excellent way of screening the music we listen to and the things we watch. “Is what I’m watching true, lovely, and admirable?” “Is what I’m watching noble, right, and pure?”
I guess for those who have already heard this message before, the difficult thing may be understanding that this screening is something that God actually wants us to do, or something that is necessary. Well, firstly there’s that verse from Phil. 4:8, but there’s also Romans 12:1 which says, “Therefore I urge you, brothers, to offer you bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God. This is your spiritual act of worship.” This verse means that your whole body, what it hears, listens to, watches, touches and eats, and everything that comes out of it should honour and glorify God. Your body is the temple of the Living God. Understand that it can never just be about the beat, because it has never just been about the words that determines what blesses or curses in a song. In 1 Samuel 16:14-23, we read that David used to play the harp to drive out an evil spirit which tormented Saul. He never sang, or had to sing; the trick was the spirit in him, which in this case was the Holy Spirit of God. I personally don’t think the spirit of someone who’s singing “lf I’m wrong, then I don’t wanna be right” is one I want in my life
Screening what we listen to and what we watch is by no means an easy task, but it is definitely essential. You can’t expect to get off pornography if you’re still watching certain music videos. I personally have found it easier to abstain from swearing (a.k.a cussing) since I stopped listening to certain types of music. Actually, I only listen to Christian music, that way I can always be sure of the Spirit behind the music. But the most important thing when considering “What Would Jesus Watch,” and “What Would Jesus Listen to,” is to let the Man Himself tell you – let the Holy Spirit lead you in all things, and you’ll never go wrong.