I’ve got a feeling this poll will be a little polarizing. Do you listen to secular music? Would love to know your thoughts about the type of music a youth pastor can listen to and vote in this week’s poll!
While there are secular and sacred lyrics, or at least lyrics with secular and sacred themes, is there such a things as “secular music” and “sacred music” beyond that? Is a Sousa march sacred or secular? How about Greensleeves? or Finlandia?
I know youth pastors in my area that are 100% against it – to me that’s ministry suicide. Well, not suicide, but you are basically dooming yourself to irrelevance. That type of unBiblical legalism will ostracize the lost and shackle your Christian kids. Music is such a powerful force in teen culture, you better be prepared to engage and teach using those secular song. Romans 14 comes to mind as well. Do we need to teach our teens to cast off the sinful elements of pop music: absolutely. But a blanket condemnation of “secular” music is, in my opinion, a lazy and cowardly way to minister.
I don’t see anything wrong with secular music (with discretion), and I do think it’s important to know what our students are listening to.
Most awkward moment of my life? Telling a new friend of mine in high school I didn’t listen to Christian radio because the DJs were WAY more than I could handle only to find out his dad was a major one in our area. Fantastic.
I mostly listen to secular, but I have my preferred Christian artists who I think make quality music, not cheesy or poorly written music.
Looks like the vast majority of us are on the same page on this one.
I disagree. I don’t listen to it, and I don’t feel like I am irrelevant with my students at all. I choose not to listen to it because I understand that the things I see and listen to are deposits into my life and will eventually come out. I don’t necessarily think that your going to go to hell for it or anything, I just choose not to listen to it. The cool thing is that any kind of secular music that my students find, I can find great quality christian music to match it.
Josh- Thanks for putting the brackets around “secular”. While I’m one of the people who said “LOVE IT”, I would also like to clarify that I’m not the guy who listens to just anything on the radio. I’m not going to buy something just because it’s got a good beat. I tend to put some thought into what I listen to (or what movies/TV I watch). It’s all about critical thinking…and if it doesn’t contradict/offend my faith, isn’t spirtually detrimental, and isn’t something I would be able to enjoy with one of my teens (or my mom) in the room (eg. laden with profanity, sexuality, hedonism), than it’s all good. I think it’s important to teach our teens to be critical thinkers rather than simply outlawing something on the basis of it being “secular”. And while, I, like some of the other posters, wouldn’t touch Christian radio with a ten foot pole, I definitely also dig worship stuff that appeals to my musical taste.
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