I’ve been thinking a lot about music this morning. The subtleties it has. How it can directly and indirectly influence people.
What got me on this is I’ve had a song stuck in my head all morning. It’s one they play on the Christian station. I don’t know the exact title or who sings it but the chorus goes something like “I don’t need the plan in hand. I don’t need the end in sight. All I need to do is follow you and do what you ask me to”
On first glance this sounds reasonable. We don’t need to know God’s exact plan for our lives. We don’t need to know if we’ll be old billionaires when we die or killed in a car wreck tomorrow. We do need to follow and do what God and Jesus asks of us. However, upon deeper contemplation I have a lot of problems with this song.
“I don’t need the plan in hand.” The plan for our lives is the Bible. Not having the plan in hand, how can you follow the plan and do what is asked?
“I don’t need the end in sight.” The end is heaven (we hope). We will all be judged by Jesus. If you aren’t living for that end, what are you living for?
“All I have to do is follow you, and do what you ask me to.” You want to follow Jesus. Great! However, if you aren’t reading the Bible how will you know if you are following what is asked or being deceived by Satan? How will you be able to tell if what you think you’re being asked to do is truly in line with God’s teaching if you don’t have the plan (Bible) in hand?
So if you follow the advice of the song and not read your Bible or live righteously for heaven, you are only deceiving yourself into believing you are following God’s will. We are told to obey God’s word, and not be deceived in many places throughout the Bible. Here are just a few of the more relevant verses which apply to this song.
Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise.
And it shall be with him, and he shall read therein all the days of his life: that he may learn to fear the LORD his God, to keep all the words of this law and these statutes, to do them:
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 2 Timothy 15
Hear the word of the LORD, O ye nations, and declare it in the isles afar off Jerimiah 31:10
That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour:
Observe and hear all these words which I command thee, that it may go well with thee, and with thy children after thee for ever, when thou doest that which is good and right in the sight of the LORD thy God.
The LORD shall judge the people: judge me, O LORD, according to my righteousness, and according to mine integrity that is in me.
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
This is just one example of misleading, double meanings in songs. You can see how something as seemingly harmless as a so-called Christian song can be very misleading. So while most conservative Christians would know that the majority of modern music is worldly and poor influence, we also need to be cautious about contemporary Christian music. It’s taking influence from worldly music rather than the other way around. Songs with double or hidden meanings and misleading lyrics are increasing.
I’m not saying not to listen to music, just to be wary and careful not to let something like music trip you or lead you astray in your Christian walk. Pay close attention to what music your children are listening to as well as the songs sung in your church. Are they Biblically sound. Do they lead you closer to God’s truth? Or are they worldly and emotional?
Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
All references are KJV.
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