Rock and Roll music has always been the music for rebels. Even though many of us love our oldies, Rock N Roll really had rebellious and ungodly lyrics from the beginning. Many radio stations banned the music in the beginning, because the words or suggested implications of the words were not matching up with society’s standards. Eventually though the music style made it main stream and became accepted and loved by all the younger generation. As a kid I would listen to some of these oldies and think about how fun the music was. As I got older I really began to understand the meaning behind the words. My eyes were opened and I now understood why everyone was so upset back then. As Rock N Roll progressed it branched out in to a variety of styles. Heavy Metal, Punk Rock, Grunge, Alternative, New Metal, etc., all sprung from Rock and Roll music. Rock N Roll over the years has become associated with sex and drugs. The Rock bands were famous for their groupies and orgies. Some bands were even known for their Satan worship.
As you read the Bible you can find many verses about music or singing. Music was used in a variety of ways in the Bible stories we read. For example in I Samuel 16:23 we read about music being used to soothe a troubled person and make the evil leave his life.
23 Whenever the spirit from God troubled Saul, David would pick up his lyre and play, and Saul would then be relieved, feel better, and the evil spirit would leave him.
In II Kings 3:15 we read about Elisha summoning a minstrel to enable him to prophesy.
15 Now, bring me a musician.” While the musician played, the LORD’s hand came on Elisha.
Every time I read about music in the Bible I see it being used for godly purposes or to praise God with. The Apostle Paul even teaches about the use of music in Ephesians 5:19.
19 speaking to one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing and making music from your heart to the Lord,
As Christians we are to use music in a godly way. It is just common sense to realize that God created music in the beginning as a good thing that glorified Him. He did not create it to allow us to talk about ourselves, our needs, our desires, and our sinful ways. All those things do just the opposite. They do not glorify God. We ourselves were created to glorify God. Therefore our music should glorify God. Personally speaking, I love a wide variety of music and some of it is not acceptable in this light. They may be cleaner songs I listen to, but do they glorify God or focus my mind in the right direction? Probably not. I need to make my choice about the music I listen to, as well. Will we as Christians continue to Rock N Roll downhill or will we rise to the occasion of glorifying God in every area of our lives including our music listening/viewing choices?