Posted by Jeffrey K Radt ("JRed") | Posted in America In Prophecy , Hollywood's Role , How Close Are We? , Moral Decline , Technological Signs , Truth From The Fringe , Week In Review | Posted on Thursday, December 17, 2009
Yes, that's a provocative title on a Christian blog but not nearly as provocative as what I want to briefly write about.
I spent some time on iTunes today looking for some new songs to purchase and download onto my wife's iPod as a surprise for Christmas.
Because I rarely listen to FM Radio anymore even when I'm in the car (I'm usually listening to AM Talk Radio or my iPod instead) I was curious to see what all the worldly kids are listening to these days. Boy was I surprised!
No, not by the names of the artists and bands that appeared on the 'Top 10 Downloads' chart (most of them I knew), but by the title and subject matter of EVERY SONG on that list!
Have a look:
1. Tik Tok - Ke$ha
2. Bad Romance - Lady Gaga
3. Empire State of Mind - Jay Z (featuring Alicia Keys)
4. Reply - Iyaz
5. Fireflies - Owl City
6. Hell Breaks Loose - Eminem (featuring Dr. Dre)
7. How Low - Ludacris
8. Meet Me Halfway - Black Eyed Peas
9. Whatcha Say - Jason Derulo
10. Down - Jay Sean (featuring Lil Wayne)
I was struck by the subject matter of several new albums released recently too that didn't appear on that list -- infidelity, sex, drugs, and strippers!
Look, let me be clear that I don't want to judge those who create this kind of stuff and make a comfortable living off of it, or those who buy and listen to such things regularly (that's our Heavenly Father's job) beyond merely pointing out how explicit and pervasive it all is today.
Besides, Lord knows that back in the day I was directly ensnared by this type of lifestyle and if it weren't for the grace of our Heavenly Father there's no telling how different my life would be today.
In fact, I still have to be careful not to be in situations were certain songs and/or types of music are played because it's a powerful force not only reminding me of my past lifestyle, but one that attempts to entice back into that frame of mindset again. We all know that once the temptation to sin takes root in the heart and mind without us taking every thought captive to Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5) that's when we're in trouble.
Yes, sex and drugs have always been a part of pop culture (particularly a part of pop music) since the very beginning, but it just seems to be getting more and more graphic by the day. Mrs. JRed and I often wonder what types of things people will be singing about and performing on stage in a post-Lady Gaga world when our children are teenagers. I shudder at the thought.
Still, if there was any doubt about how far our culture has fallen all you need to do is turn on the radio and listen to just about any song that comes on.
Remarkably, these performers today have a way of taking the most graphic sexual content and making it 'acceptable' by simply making it sound like a 'love song'. Others are more direct in their approach since they'll tell you EXACTLY what they feel, see, smell, taste, and think while witnessing such behavior they're singing about in the various bars and clubs.
It's also a shame that far too many people think that Christian music can't be 'cool' or that it can't make you wanna get up and dance and sing like the songs on the above list. Believe it or not, Christian Hip-Hop is not an oxymoron! I may have written about this before, but I'm ecstatic by the way in which the Lord is using the Christian Rap scene to reach a world that's addicted to that kind of music even though their version contains all the wrong messages that only appeal to the flesh.
Case in point, here are just a few examples of some popular Christian Hip-Hop artists that also happen to be some of my favorites. Pay close attention to not only the lyrics, but to the beats as well because I think that any teenager or young adult who's into this sort of music could appreciate artists like this if they only knew they existed. Plus, take a look at some of these videos. The creativity on display rivals anything put out by the secular world!
These are some of my favorites that I highly recommend in this genre:
Praying For You - Lecrae
(I can't even begin to describe how this song affects me on a deep, personal level every time I listen to it. Be sure to listen all the way through to the end.)
Joyful Noise - Flame (Featuring Lecrae & John Reilly)
Real Vision - Trip Lee (Featuring Tedashii)
Don't Waste Your Life - Lecrae (Featuring Cam)
Lose My Soul - tobyMac
My Lane - Dre Murray
Daddy's Girl - KJ 52
Dishes - Flynn Adam
Nuisance - John Reuben
Impossible - Manafest
Hittin' Curves - Grits
Give Us The Truth - Flame
Like Christ - Flame
I strongly recommend that if you still need to get some shopping done for a teenager or young adult in your life who loves music, then you should refrain from getting them what they really want (i.e. Lady Gaga, Jay-Z, etc.) and get them what they really need.
Trust me, if you hand them a CD that combines the Gospel with their kind of music they may never be the same. It just might change their life like it did mine.
Sound And Music In These End Times
Is Your Tongue Out Of Control?
The Dangers Of Listening To The Wrong Kind Of Music
Is Aural Sex Music To Your Ears?