Discerning the Fruit of Rock Music

5 Questions to Ask When Considering Music

Music is the accompaniment of life. The music a man chooses as his accompaniment says a lot about his lifestyle and his belief system. The world uses rock music to accompany themselves in their revelry and reflect their philosophy and approach to life. Carefully analyze the fruit of rock music, and see if it is something with which you can associate as a Christian:

1. What Type of Movement Accompanies the Music

About ten years ago I went to a large reading session for sacred music companies to display their latest church music. When the Christian rock started up from the speakers, a number of the people got up in the aisles and started dancing to the beat. (And I’m not talking about traditional Jewish Bible-time dancing or a cheerleader-type dancing.)

There is nothing wrong with the physical effects of music, as long as they are the right kind of physical response.

You might ask yourself some questions: what type of motions go with the music to which I am listening? How is my body responding?

2. What Type of Singing Style Accompanies the Music

Is it wholesome or is it sensual?

3. Is This the World’s Music of Choice

Does the world use this music at their beach parties, bars, night clubs, etc.?

4. Who First Started Using This Music

Was it churches and Christian schools who desired to portray God’s love and holiness better—or was it the unregenerate who wanted to portray impurity, rebellion, and drugs? Why did they choose the rock style of music? Was it random or was it calculated, fitting their purpose?

5. How Is My Spirit Affected by the Music

When I hear rock music, my spirit is bothered by the beat, and I wish to escape as soon as possible. Why is that? Why do other Christians have the same response as I? Do we just have an adverse feeling because of what we’ve been taught, or is there something intrinsic in the music that bothers us?

Christians—especially teens—have a hard enough time as it is warring against the flesh and living in the Spirit. If a Christian teen conditions himself to Contemporary Christian Music, it is extremely easy to cross over and begin listening to secular rock with its immoral and rebellious lyrics. Why would we want to give our teens and ourselves this temptation?

Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.” Galatians 5:16–17

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