Hope you guys have had a great week, excluding these circumstances we’re currently in.
I’m so excited to write this blog because it’s one of my favourite things on this earth.
My parents told me that when I was a newborn I was ￼￼￼always crying because I was born in the peak of the summer in London and I couldn’t take the heat. To get some quiet, especially for new parents who had no clue, they would play some music, leave the room for 10 minutes, and I would stop crying.
Even when I used to help my mum around the house on Saturday mornings, if she wasn’t playing some sort of gospel music through the CD player I was creating my own tunes and songs. As I grew older, I started to write them down in my song book and gave myself a stage name.
Kristy Brown. I was obsessed with Chris Brown at the time and wanted to be his sister, don’t judge me, I was only 12/13 at the time.
It’s been a very exciting month for gospel/Christian music. So many groups, artists and bands, have released singles, EP’s, albums, and I have been delightfully overwhelmed by it all.
I just wanted to quickly speak about what we take in, which is why I titled this post “Music INTO my ears”.
As Christians we have to be wary of what we take in. Conversations, music, tv shows, and other things. It’s important because what we take in through your eyes and our ears, can affect us in ways that we don’t even realise.
We all know that words can be powerful right?
Death and life are in the tongue, and those who love it will eat it’s fruit
-Proverbs 18:21 (NKJV)
Which is basically saying that we have learn to get along with our tongue, be able to speak words that are of encouragement, praise and love. But if we speak words of negativity we will have to accept the consequences that come with it.
It’s the same with music. Listen to music with words that are encouraging, fulfilling you spiritually, you will eat from its fruits, because it’s one way of helping you with your walk with God because you’re guarding your heart by protecting your ears.
But listening to secular music will derail you from God, your salvation, and can lead you down the road of giving in to your temptations and backsliding.
I’m not saying that I listen to gospel/Christian only, but I know that because I’m thriving to be stronger in my faith, I’m not reckless with what I listen to. And if you listen to secular music, you know how hard it is to find a song that doesn’t have profound words. And when you do find one with no swearing, it’s hard finding one with no subliminal references to sex, drugs, alcohol and the likes.
So my secular music list is very limited to very particular songs. Which is why I’m so grateful for Christian music. The way it’s expanded to different genres is so great.
When I was younger I didn’t know about gospel rap or pop. Certain churches and older Christians will say “that music is demonic. It’s not Christian music because it doesn’t sound like the one we sing at out church” but my argument to that is
Why isn’t your praise and worship only limited to harps and organs as they are the very first instruments to be invented by Jubal? (See Genesis 4:21)
If God was not a God of creativity, you would not have Hillsong Worship, United or otherwise. There wouldn’t be Elevation Worship or even Kirk Franklin.
We have to stop limiting God. Especially when it comes to music.
For me, if I didn’t find out about the likes of Hollyn, Trip Lee or nobigdyl. I would still be listening to the worse secular music on the daily, because I’m not always in the mood for your typical worship songs.
If I didn’t branch out to find Christian artists by myself, I would not be filled with Godly thoughts or be moving towards a more Godly lifestyle because the music going into my ears would be about sex outside of marriage, drugs and be full of profanity.
Also, people who limit God in the area of music don’t know the history of the gospel/Christian music they listen to.
Let’s look at the ones I mentioned. Elevation worship for example. Pastor Steven Furtick and Chris Brown (not the R&B singer) were into rock during their younger years, got saved and thought “how can I incorporate my love for this genre with my love for God?” And BOOM! They are now one of the biggest gospel worship groups in the Christian Rock genre.
Hillsong United/Worship = Christian Rock
Hillsong Young and Free = Christian Synth-Pop
Kirk Franklin does r&b, hip-hop, the genres most churches tell us to stay away from, as well as the typical gospel genre. As do Mary Mary, and the list is endless.
Why am I writing this post? Because I want you all to know that you can still enjoy your genre once saved but in a way that’s not putting your salvation at risk! And actually enjoy music and not feel limited to just typical worship, because our God is not limited.
Although, I still do listen out to the words that are used because sometimes there are some artists that are Christian but sing worldly songs.
So my advice when it’s your first time looking for Christian artists outside of the genre of gospel or worship music:
1. ALWAYS LISTEN TO THE WHOLE ALBUM
You might listen to one song and dismiss the whole album and miss a gem! I always listen to songs between 0:30-1:00 minute before dismissing the song completely.
2. ALWAYS LISTEN TO THE WORDS
Make sure they are actually Christian songs and are glorifying God. I know a lot of people aren’t always sure because sometimes they don’t say God or Jesus but you can always tell because they’ll use some way to connect it to the bible, God, Jesus or The Holy Spirit. But if you are unsure just leave it or scope out their socials and see if they’re truly living for God.
3. MAKE A PLAYLIST FOR JUST CHRISTIAN SONGS
If this is the first time you are listening to Christian music and you’ve not 100% stopped listening to secular music, I would suggest making a playlist. That way you won’t be in the middle of enjoying songs about God and the next minute it’s a song that isn’t nourishing for the soul.
4. SHARE WHAT YOU’VE FOUND
Always share the music! You don’t know which of your friends are also struggling to find Christian music that they like, if you share what you’ve found they may be able to find what they like through your recommended artists.
A friend introduced me to Hollyn and from Hollyn I found V. Rose. Then she introduced me to Trip Lee and from him I found nobigdyl. and other artists.
With that being said, let’s be mindful of the music that we put into our ears. It’s already hard as it is to be saved and you’re not making it easier if one of your windows to your soul is taking in unGodly things.
I know my triggers. I know the music I have to stay away from and what kind of songs I have run from. Do you know yours? Will you be obedient when listening to a song, feel a trigger and hear that voice of conviction that’ll say “you need to let that go”?
Have a think about that.
Don’t think I’m going to be leaving you without giving more suggestions of artists.
The next post I’ll be sharing my Top 10 gospel/Christian artists, bands and worship groups. Including some that I’ve fallen in love with again and the new releases of this month.
Also, I will be working on making a Spotify playlist for those without Apply Music. If you do have Apple Music click on the link below and it’ll take you to my own personal playlist, which I update as often as I can. I don’t mind sharing with you guys :).
Stay safe, stay blessed
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