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|Rachel from Ohio asks. . .|
Do you think it’s wrong to listen to non-Christian music? Does it say anything about it in the Bible?
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Thanks for the question Rachel. Many have wondered the same thing. If Jesus and God are not mentioned in the song is it okay to listen to it? I believe you can break music down to two key components. First are the instruments that play notes, harmony, and melody, and second are the lyrics. God does not mention in the Bible “clean” and “unclean” instruments like he did with food in the Old Testament. Many of the instruments used in secular music were used in the worship of God!
In this Psalm, various instruments are mentioned. The trumpet, the harp, timbrel, stringed instruments (today- guitar), organs (today- piano), and cymbals, for you high school band members! Some in the church are afraid to use instruments that are used in secular music and treat them as evil. Satan and the world cannot create anything. They can only distort it. God created music and gave mankind the knowledge of instruments. Some denominations do not allow musical instruments to be played in church because they do not want to take something that is used in the world and praise God with it. Apparently, in the Old Testament, David did not agree with this. He actually used an instrument that was invented by the Philistines and used it to worship God.
The Gittith was a Philistine stringed instrument like a harp. David spent some time with the Philistines, discovered this instrument and liked it so much he wrote a psalm to be accompanied by this instrument. God created music, including musical notes that represent different harmonies, and melodies. Mankind only discovered them. Again, the original intent of music can be perverted. Some music is just noise with mangled notes with no harmony or melody to them. There have been examples throughout church history where secular melodies were taken and the lyrics changed to glorify God.
God bless and happy listening!
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