Should Christian Girls Listen to Secular Music?

“…talking to the moon, trying to get to you…”

“…I’m gonna stand by you, even if we can’t find heaven…”

“…I’m in love with the shape of you…”

These popular songs are top hits on secular radio stations. They’re catchy and easy to learn. And, of course, everyone’s singing them.

Many people…let me re-phrase that. Many Christians have no problem listening to music like that. They’re just words put to tune; they’re not harmful. Or are they?

I’ll admit, I know my fair share of secular songs. They play in every store I walk into and most of my friends sing them. I even enjoy listening to some of them.

So, what’s the problem? Is it wrong to listen to music that isn’t on the Christian station?

Bruno Mars is a well-known artist in the secular music industry. One of his hit songs, “Count on Me”, is all about the beauty of friends and the importance of always being here for each other.

“If you ever find yourself lost in the middle of the sea, I’ll sail the world to find you. If you ever find yourself lost in the dark and you can’t see, I’ll be the light to guide you. Find out what we’re made of, when we are called to help our friends in need…”

Most of us would agree with what this song has to say. It doesn’t go against the Bible. After all, God ordained friendship and, all throughout Scripture, we learn about what it means to be a real friend.

Now, let’s take a look at another song people are singing these days. “Shape of You” by Ed Sheeran is off-the-charts popular.

“I’m in love with the shape of you…I’m in love with your body…”

Really, I shouldn’t have to say more. This entire song goes directly against God’s design for sex, relationships, and purity. Sadly, I hear Christians singing it all the time, as if it’s no big deal.

Where should we draw the line? 

Some secular songs seem to be okay, while others seem to be a definite no. Is there a guideline for what music to listen to?

I understand that everyone has a different opinion on music. God’s Word doesn’t come right out and say we can’t listen to certain kinds of music. However, in Philippians 4:8, God tells us what kinds of things we should put into our mind.

“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.”

This verse works great as a music filter! Whether we care to admit it or not, music does affect the way we think. In fact, a wide range of the world’s population uses music to help cope with things going on in their lives.

Do I always apply this filter to everything I listen to, watch, or read? Not nearly as much as I want to. I often catch myself singing along to songs I wouldn’t normally sing.

We’re all on our own journey. We’re all in different places in life. Maybe you’re great at putting this filter into action. Maybe you don’t think twice about what music you listen to.

Either way, God’s Word is clear about what we, as Christian young women, should be putting into our minds.

What are your thought on this? Tell me in the comments!