Christian Music

This is a new category.  Various artists will be presented.  You may or may not like the songs that will appear.  Sooner or later you will like something here.  There are two goals while placing the right music on this blog site:  1)The lyrics will be Biblical.  2)The artists must glorify God and not themselves.  My personal tastes are very diverse.  Some of you may prefer Southern Gospel, Country Gospel, Contemporary, Classic Hymns, Rap, etc., etc.  I am reminded of a former worship leader I served with who liked all types of music that glorified God.  A local pastor told me years ago that “I did not have to like all the music that other Christians liked.  I should be glad that the music was a blessing to them.”  Well put.

Pastor Steve

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2 thoughts on “Christian Music

  1. It’s true we all have different likes and dislikes concerning music, and if that’s all that matters then it’s left up to the hearer; however, if music is a form of communication that sets a mood; has an effect on the mind, body, and emotions; then it is not what we like that is of concern, but what mood it is setting; (or what emotion it is invoking; how it moves our body and directs/effects our spirit); and whether or not this is acceptable unto The Lord (John 4:23, 24 – Romans 12:1).

    Music is a form of non-verbal communication (whether there are lyrics or not); music is not neutral, and it is used to affect the hearer; by the musician; as such it is not amoral. Music is commonly referred to as the language of languages; and as the language of the emotions, or the universal language (innately comprehended by the hearer regardless of their spoken language or their musical perception ability).

    Consider this syllogism (logical argument) by Mike Coyle, “Music; Is there an Absolute?”, Baptist Bulletin (April 1983):

    Not all emotions are good ones. Surely man and his emotions were created in the image of God, but man has fallen, and with him has gone the purity with which he was created. Hate, when directed at Sin, is good and acceptable. But when it is directed at a brother in Christ (or anyone for that matter), it is Sin. Anger is unacceptable except when the one who is angry is not sinning. An emotion like Lust is never right. It is an adulteration of a God-given emotion. Since music is an emotional language, and since some emotions are wrong for the child of God, then some music is wrong for the Christian.

    While Nietzsche is not a likely candidate to be quoted in a Christian article; I found this online (linked below just click on the body of text) which demonstrates a secular conclusion of the effect of music on the body:

    Another passionately musical philosopher, Nietzsche, said, ‘We listen to music with our muscles.’ This, at least, is something we can see. It is evident in all of us—we tap our feet, we ‘keep time’, hum, sing along or ‘conduct’ music, our facial expressions mirroring the rises and falls, the melodic contours and feelings of what we are hearing. Yet all this may occur without our knowledge or volition.

    All this is normal, and may be seen as a half-conscious resonance to music, a sort of involuntary personal expression as the music works on us. But these effects, the overflow of music into the motor system, can easily go too far, becoming irresistible and perhaps even coercive.

    The study of the effects of music on the hearer are numerous; and whether concluded by a Christian or a Secularist; they all agree that music has an effect on the hearer (intended by the composer); note that music has three parts Melody (spiritual part), Harmony (emotional part), and Rhythm (physical part); and depending on the use of each of these parts; it determines the effect upon the hearer; a biblical example of this might be:

    1Samuel 16:23 And it came to pass, when the evil spirit from God was upon Saul, that David took an harp, and played with his hand: so Saul was refreshed, and was well, and the evil spirit departed from him.

    In his book; “The Amazing Power of Music”, (2009); Dr. Jack Wheaton demonstrates just how astonishing the effect of music is on the hearer:

    “Because the auditory signal that is triggered by music, is inducted through the mid-brain, the hypothalamus, the area of the brain that scientist tell us interprets, expresses, and feels emotion.

    Because music bypasses the critical brain; the cerebral cortex; we cannot censor or prevent our bodies and or emotions from reacting to the music. We not only “hear” music, our entire body “feels” music.

    Music effects all the involuntary systems of the body; circulation, respiration, secretion of hormones, and other substances like adrenaline from the seven glands that are a part of the endocrine gland system.

    There is plenty of information available if we wish to study about this aspect of our worship; and there are obviously other areas of concern with what we listen to, such as the lyrics, the artist, the way it is presented, is it right for church service, or perhaps some other venue, etc.; but no doubt music is a part of the Christian experience.

    Psalm 100:2 Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.

    Ephesians 5:19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;

    Colossians 3:16 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.

    Victor Cavaleri

    John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

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    • Amen Vic. I will read this carefully when I am rested and more cerebral. Looks very thought provoking. I can tell that what you share is known intuitively, yet can be easily overlooked if it is not brought out into the open.

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