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The Blessing of Christian Music
Christian Music lead me to Christ
I became a Christian at the age of seventeen. This did not happen due to someone witnessing to me, it happened because of music.
My childhood home was a good home, but not a Christian home. We did not read the Bible, or place a value on the need to be part of a church. We moved around a great deal, so did not have strong community attachments. During my senior year, a friend invited me to her church. I did not want to go to the church, but started going to the youth program. They had a "Coffee House Ministry", which was my introduction to Christian Music.
Park your bike and listen
Music is Powerful
The tune of a song may draw you in, but the words contain the power. There have times in the past, when I have questioned one of my sons about the words in a song they were listening to. The answer I would often get is: "I'm not really listening to the words, I just like the beat." I don't think that is possible. The words, whether dangerous or good, get into your psyche when listening to a song.
The danger of this is when songs with a great "beat" contain subliminal messages about killing, sex, and drugs. I believe listening to music with the "wrong words" can be very detrimental, without a person even realizing it.
On the other hand, Christian music can be a powerful tool to promote good morals, character, and to bring people to Christ. I love to see teens and tweens rocking at a Christian concert, waving their hands, and wearing Christian themed T-shirts.
Don't get me wrong. I like a wide variety of music - Pop, Soft rock, Jazz, Broadway, Movie soundtracks, Irish, and Country. But my all time favorite is Contemporary Christian.
Most Christian artists write their own songs, which makes the message in the songs so personal. I love "Stephen Curtis Chapman's" song _ "Cinderella" It is about how fast a little girl grows up, and is gone. He wrote it for his own daughters, one of whom later passed away.
I also love the "TobyMac" song - "Lose My Soul" This song has a rap type beat, with the words: "I don't want to gain the whole world, and lose my soul".
Another song I love, I actually just recently heard live at a concert. The song is - "How Many Kings" It is by the group "Downhere". Words contained in this song are "How many fathers gave up their sons for me?"
To wrap this up, I would just like to say, that if you already listen to Christian music, we are on the same team. If you don't listen to Christian Music, give it a try. You will be amazed.