Previously we looked at the power of music and how  it appears in Scripture. Now let us look at how that  power manifests itself in our lives today. The over-  whelming musical influences in the US are country and  rock music, stylistically different but twins in spirit.  Rock ‘n’ roll has gone from the devil’s music of the 50’s  to the hippie and drug culture of the 60’s & 70’s to  obscenity laced monologues veiled as poetry today. It’s  played as TV themes and commercials and as music to shop  by. The people who write and perform this music are  revered as modern day prophets, are idolized by millions,  and their influence shapes our culture, especially our  youth. You need only ponder Elvis, the Beatles, Michael  Jackson, and Madonna to see what power they have had  over our clothes, hair, language, and morals. But the  real question is should Christians embrace the power of  rock music as a means to proclaim the “Good News”?  In my own experimentation I’ve discovered I can sing  the words of a popular gospel hymn to a song by the  Rolling Stones. Is that right or proper to do?  II Cor. 6:14-15 says, “for what fellowship hath righteousness  with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with  darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or  what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?” If  Christians need to have rock to reach those who like  rock, wouldn’t they also need to hang out in bars and  drink to reach those who get drunk or to shoot drugs  into their veins in order to tell fellow addicts when  high together how Jesus can free them from their sin?  That sounds absurd! The deeper question is if Christians  have a regenerated life, the old done away and everything  new (II Cor. 5:17), what do they leave behind and what  do they retain? The apostle Paul said, “all things are  lawful but they are not all helpful or beneficial”  (I Cor. 6:12) Is the music to which you subject your  listening ears helping you to grow closer to God in  knowledge and truth? What part of you does it feed?  I John 4:1 says, “Try the spirits to see if they are  of God”. Selah

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