Jefferson Bethke – Is Secular Music Evil?
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[Jefferson Bethke – Is Secular Music Evil?]
[Jefferson Bethke] Source: LYBIO.net
Secular music, now that’s a question I get a decent amount where they ask, you know, can you talk about or speak on why secular music is evil or it’s not ok. And I just want to chat about that because I think the paradigm in the world view of it is was is distorted in the first place.
To me, I don’t even think there is such thing as secular and sacred. Now what do I mean by that? Now, when you look into scriptures or you do some historical research, that is platonic world view, where the ancient Greeks, so there’s a difference between spirit and bodies. Spirit is good, body is evil. And what they did is they also did that with work and they let that trickle – trickle into work, jobs, and music.
And so about medieval times, you had the church kind of being infected by that. And then all of a sudden where someone could be a blacksmith toward the glory of God, someone could be in the meat market to the glory of God. There was kind of this notion in medieval times that you were kind of varsity Christian or more sacred if you, you know were a pastor, a theologian or a bible study leader as we’d say today, right.
And that same thing trickled into music, we wretched the music out and said unless it’s explicitly talking about Jesus, it’s not good and it’s not Christian. But I just want to chat about that because; if I can just be honest, I struggle with that, I struggle with that because I’ve had – I mean, I still remember when I was in my dorm freshman year when I first started following Jesus. I took hours going through my iTunes library deleting all my secular music because I thought it was evil. But then I started to realize the barometer isn’t like, doesn’t talk about Jesus or not, the barometer is that, its art and it can speak for itself to the glory of God. And so the barometer, is it true, beautiful and excellent, or is it not?
[Jefferson Bethke] Source: LYBIO.net
And sometimes there is some crossover with, you know, when its Christian music we call it, I mean, which one it’s in. But I mean think about that, we say that if it talks about, you know, unglorifying things sex, drugs and rock-and-roll per se, it’s evil. Now of course I don’t want to listen to that because it’s not filling my mind with what’s good, true and beautiful. But we’re very easy – we very easily call that a sin, but how come when there’s Christian music that’s really poorly produced and that art, we don’t call that just as much as sin.
But Bible create is because if we’re supposed to be products of the creator, we are supposed to be his creation reflecting who he is and that means as Christians we should have the most creativity, we should also be the best artists because we know the true artist. And so when we are reflecting god as cheesy, as a copycat, as poorly produced, that’s just as much sin, because we’re giving a poor image of who he is and what he’s done for us.
And that goes not just to music, but the t-shirts and the books, and into everything. If you’re doing it, well, do it with excellence and do something that’s true, something that’s beautiful. But if you’re just sucking the tailpipe of culture, copying what they’ve done, you are getting the fumes and you are 10 years behind, you are 10 years behind and so it’s outdated and it’s cheesy and it’s about you’re trying to be relevant rather you just trying to be about Jesus.
And so that ties into music because – how that ties into music is because you can – it comes down to worship. We all worship something and some of us worship what’s not true, some of us worship what is true. Jesus in John Chapter 4 says he comes to the Samaritan women and he says “No longer will it be about worshipping on this mountain or this mountain.”
So Christian and secular and evil and good, it’s more about worshiping in spirit and in truth and that is what separates evil from good. And so wherever you go, you take Jesus with you, whether it’s in your job, your music, your instruments, your politics, your academics, and that all trickles into the realm of music, because what that means is the barometer is it spirit and is it truth, it’s not – is it explicitly Christian and does have a cross on it right.
I mean even look at the Apostle Paul, he wasn’t scared to quote secular people, you see it twice in Acts Chapter 17, and you see it in First Corinthians 15 where he says, “good company corrupts, or I mean bad company corrupts good morals”. And that’s just a Pagan quote from a poet or philosopher. And we like to not do that, that’s like us quoting Lil Wayne or Michael Jackson.
But here is what it comes down to, God can speak through anyone, because he has a monopoly on truth. So when you listen to music, that might be secular, you have to ask yourself is it beautiful and is it true because God has a monopoly on truth. And so if it’s true, it’s his and he wants it.
Now let’s break that down into the practical. So that means for me I can worship by listening to Michael Jackson’s Man In The Mirror just as much as I can well listening to Hillsong United, why? Because Michael Jackson’s Man In The Mirror is true. If you listen to the song, all it talks about is that to make a change in this world, we need to start with ourselves and that’s beautiful and that’s excellent and that’s true, which means I can listen to that, it can stir my heart towards God and say, God, yes, Amen, I need to start with myself, I need to stop, you know, talking about other peoples sin more than I talk about my own and I need to make the change first, it’s true. But some of other Michael Jackson’s song could beautiful, true and excellent, not so much.
[Jefferson Bethke] Source: LYBIO.net
And so all I’m saying with the secular sacred thing is, it’s not secular sacred in regards to does it have a cross stamped on it or not, but it comes down to worshipping in beautiful, excellent and true way, worshiping in spirit and in truth. So when you listen to music, ask those questions, is it beautiful? Is it true? Is it God glorifying? Is it excellent? Because I mean when you listen to Bach or Mozart or Beethoven, there’s no lyrics in there, but I would call their music explicitly Christian because I hear those instruments and I thank God for giving them that gift. I mean the way the instruments come together so beautifully, the way they then come to my ear and the way my ears form and then communicate from there to my brain, how awesome the music is that’s all God, he get glory for all of that.
And here’s the cool part when you start to see music and every other domain of life like that, you give God more thanks and you give God more glory because you don’t just think he is put into the box of Christiandom and American Western Christianity, but what if it’s true, it’s his, you point to him and you tell him he is awesome.
Jefferson Bethke – Is Secular Music Evil? God can speak through anyone, because he has a monopoly on truth. So when you listen to music, that might be secular, you have to ask yourself is it beautiful and is it true because God has a monopoly on truth. And so if it’s true, it’s his and he wants it. Complete Full Transcript, Dialogue, Remarks, Saying, Quotes, Words And Text.