I have always loved music. It’s a tool, a vehicle, an art, that helps us express ourselves to each other. Music is also one lens that reveals what we are worshiping.
For a long time, I’ve been a country music fan. However, over the past several months that has started to change because country music is changing. Country music used to tell stories, and some songs still do. But now, more often than not, country singers are singing about objectifying women, getting drunk, trucks (ok, I like that part), heartbreak, tailgates, breakups, and making love on the tail-gate of a truck with a sexy woman while drinking beer.
When you sing along to what’s on the radio, are you paying attention to the lyrics? Are the words that come from your lips the desire of your heart? Jesus says they are (Matthew 12:34). So when you sing along and never catch yourself saying “Get down in that Georgia clay and I’ll find peace at the bottom of a real tall cold drink,” consider what that means about what’s happening in your heart.
I’m not saying all country music, or any other genre for that matter, is bad. There is still really good music out there that isn’t “Christian” music.
Here is what I am saying: We can worship our God with music or we can worship the world with music. Which will it be for you? What words will come from your lips this week? What words will you put to powerful music?
Here are the songs we will sing together this Sunday. I challenge you to sing these songs throughout your week and see if God doesn’t start to renew your mind.