\"Secular\" music Posted : 25 May, 2016 01:03 PM
I lived for many years with the impression that I should only listen to Christian music, that is music with lyrics that address Christian ideas or beliefs. I have since changed my opinion and would welcome comments. Here are some quotes from a man I respect that have led me to change my perspective, Francis Schaeffer: \"When I was a teenager I used to be proud of the fact that I didn’t listen to ‘secular’ music. I would tell my friends that I only listened to ‘Christian’ music. The truth is, however, music is neither secular nor Christian—people are. That is to say, people can be Christians not music (although, I would add that music, by nature, is a great good, in virtue of the fact that God created it). Christ calls people, like you and me, to help redeem the culture through living out our faith in the culture.\" “I am afraid that as evangelicals, we think that a work of art only has value if we reduce it to a tract.” “We are not being true to the artist as a man if we consider his art work junk simply because we differ with his outlook on life. Christian schools, Christian parents, and Christian pastors often have turned off young people at just this point. Because the schools, the pastors, and the parents did not make a distinction between technical excellence and content, the whole of much great art has been rejected with scorn and ridicule. Instead, if the artist\'s technical excellence is high, he is to be praised for this, even if we differ with his world view. Man must be treated fairly as man.” I have concluded that for me, as long as a piece of music/art does not cause me, or my brother if he is with me, to stumble, I can appreciate the divine nature that exists within the artist who can create works of music/art. What say you?