Rock Music and Fathers
My dad does not believe that there is such thing as a Christian rock band. He believes this because rock and roll was "supposedly" the start of rebellion and that it "supposedly" is the reason we have all this bad music today.
I, for one, do not agree with him. When I listen to these bands, I DO get something out of it, but he doesn't see how anyone could. He used to listen to all the old metal rock bands until he found God. I think maybe he doesn't want me to follow the same path. He thinks that if I start listening to rock I will keep lowering my standards until I am part of the world. Do you agree?
I REALLY need help on this issue. We've been arguing for over a year. HELP ME! God Bless You.
This is a tough issue. First of all, I have to say that the bible is pretty clear that we are to honor our father and mother. It mentions it in the Old Testament and the New Testament stating that you will actually get longer life if you honor your parents.
"Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you."
"Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 'Honor your father and mother'—which is the first commandment with a promise— 'that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.'"
So, saying that, it is important that you honor your father's wishes as long as you are living at home and as long as he is not asking you to directly disobey God's Word.
This issue about music has been around for a while. Some people say that it is the "beat" that is evil. However, I have a hunch that some of our modern day hymns and worship songs would have been "banned" from churches hundreds of years ago due to the "beat." Music styles naturally change some over the years.
I personally believe that it is not the rhythm or beat of the music that makes it good or bad, but the message. If the message honors and glorifies Christ and draws me closer to Him then that is great. However, if I can't understand the words or if it causes me to think sexual thoughts or takes my mind somewhere other than God, then I would be careful about listening to that music.
Music is powerful. The words get into our minds as we listen to it over and over. The repetition can help put Godly thoughts and messages in our minds or ungodly thoughts and messages.
A great place to get reviews on music is pluggedinmagazine.com. If you're not sure about a CD or band, see what they have to say first.
Hope that helps!