The Fat Lady
First, a general statement about generalities. Anyone can find an exception to a generality. But, generalities are generally true because, generally, they apply to the majority of the particulars. Someone who denies the general truth by pointing out a particular exception is more comfortable with the doubt and uncertainty of human reasoning and is not being honest with the truth.
Second, while I have not made this application in any of the posts I’ve made this month, others have turned the focus of my writing toward music for worship–music used in church. But I’m not talking about worship music. I’m talking about all music. I don’t want to separate the sacred from the secular. I assure you that I understand that some music that is appropriate for any part of life is not appropriate for worship. But my conclusion would be, that music that is NOT appropriate for any part of life is surely NOT appropriate for worship. Except that, in a way, all music worships something.
Finally, to bring together my first post and my second post, if we are not to love the world, neither the things in the world; and if we can observe how the context of our culture/world through music expresses its love of, or worship of its things–the flesh, the eyes, and pride; we should be able to see what music we should not love.
Now let’s be honest. Have you ever seen the music on MTV or vh1; CMT or BET? It doesn’t take long to plainly see and hear music that worships the lust of the flesh – sensuality, sexuality, women, promiscuity, etc. You can also see music that worships the lust of the eyes – eyes that are never satisfied, eyes that are covetous, desiring materialism, cars, things, etc. And you can see and hear music that worships the pride of life – it pays homage to good old number one. It serves self. It is in rebellion against authority. In our culture, it is easy to see and hear these types of music and it should be easy to then stay away from that worldly music.
In another culture, they may use different music to worship its worldly elements — the flesh, the eyes, and pride. But honestly, seeking Christians, in any culture should be able to apply these principles to their own culture and their own music.