On Christianity and Secular Music

What’s on your Playlist?


Let’s be real. And this is not coming from a judgmental place. It’s coming from a friend who has every “Florence and the Machine” album and surely knows every Beyonce song (well, almost). I also know many songs from Kanye’s College Dropout and Graduation and Jay-Z from early 2000s. I also have songs Hillsong, Kirk Franklin, Lecrae, Mali Music, Tye Tribbett, Donnie McClurkin, RCCG Praise, Mark Schultz, TY Bello, Lara George, Nathaniel Bassey and Bukola Bekes (who by the way I absolutely love). So should we try this again?

What do you listen to?

Lately, I’ve been learning that music, like TV and Books is very graphic, especially for people like me who listen to every word and note. So basically, every word and nuance that the artiste intended in his song gets interpreted and replays in my mind over and over again. Means that if I listen to gangster music, I can start feeling all gangster in a few minutes.

Is that a good thing?

Yes, sometimes. Depending on what you’re listening to. If you’re listening to TY Bello’s “The Morning Songbook” (which I think is grossly underrated and I will review in the near future), or Hillsong United’s “Empire” or Bukola Bekes, it’s a great thing. You’re literally in a wonderful place. On the other hand, if you’re stuck with Rihanna trying to get her money back or trying to drive through someone’s obstacle course of Explicit Content, then maybe you’re not in the right place. And let’s not even get started about the whole Illuminati thing (which I believe is true to an extent).

Is all secular music bad?

I’d say “No”. The word secular itself means “not religious”, not necessarily satanic. If Maya Angelou was alive and she made music, I’d definitely listen, and it wouldn’t necessarily be religious music. But it would be clean. I listen to Corrine Bailey Rae and watch Sarah Kay’s spoken word performances. I like Common and John Legend’s “Glory” for the movie Selma. I still like Kanye’s “All Falls Down” and Matisyahu. Oh and I think Korede Bello’s “Godwin” is clean.

But the key here is filtering. Listen to every track and decide what you don’t want playing in your subconscious while you’re asleep. Would you use the track as a ringtone and let your phone ring out if you were in church?

Finally, the ultimate test is how you would feel if your five year old was singing every song on your music player out loud in public.