No child is ex­empt from the in­flu­ence of mu­sic

The Covington News - - OBITUARIES - Isaac Red­man is a 22-year-old youth pas­tor at Pleas­ant Grove Church. He is a ser­vant of Christ and loves mu­sic and the out­doors.

Mu­sic — a con­stant vari­able of hu­man cul­ture — di­rectly ef­fects our youth, and more so than you might re­al­ize.

It is al­ways en­ter­tain­ing to throw in a pun that re­lates to a pop­u­lar song while I’m speak­ing to stu­dents. At that point I can ac­cuse the young crowd of know­ing the song af­ter they have chuck­led a lit­tle. And, in­evitably, one anony­mous youth an­swers, “Well, youth pas­tor, why do you know the song?” I nor­mally tell them it is be­cause I know ev­ery­thing.

The truth is, I know these songs sim­ply be­cause they are ev­ery­where.

Peo­ple may say that there are a lot of the pop­u­lar sec­u­lar songs that are not nec­es­sar­ily bad to lis­ten to, so it is okay. Though this may be true, some­one may also tell you that it is not bad to drink one beer. But one beer leads to an­other, and an­other, if that per­son isn’t re­spon­si­ble. Or maybe it’s okay to go a lit­tle over the speed limit, just not too fast.

Though we as par­ents or lead­ers have bound­aries and lim­i­ta­tions, our kids have not es­tab­lished any of these in their life. And they need help.

The most in­fec­tious sec­u­lar mu­sic catches on much faster than we can imag­ine, sim­ply be­cause mu­sic car­ries emo­tions into peo­ple. Mu­sic is used for one to look cool, feel cool and be cool. Mu­sic is also used as an es­cape from re­al­ity. Dreams and as­pi­ra­tions come to life when some­one lis­tens to mu­sic. Mu­sic is one of our strong­est in­flu­ences.

The dan­ger­ous part is that most par­ents have no clue how much and what kind of mu­sic their kids are ab­sorb­ing from day-today. When con­fronted on the is­sue, par­ents are in firm de­nial. Trust me, I know.

Some stu­dents feel as if they have truly found them­selves as a re­sult of be­ing ex- posed to var­i­ous types of mu­sic. Some have for­got­ten that their orig­i­nal char­ac­ter did not in­volve these traits.

For­tu­nately, God gives us vic­tory through our Lord Je­sus Christ (1 Corinthi­ans 15:57)! There­fore, God can tackle strongholds like this, but we need to ask God for wis­dom on how to deal with these is­sues.

The first thing we need to un­der­stand is that no child is ex­empt from be­ing dragged into such en­trap­ments.

Se­condly, if we find that our chil­dren are be­ing im­pacted in a neg­a­tive way by the mu­sic they are lis­ten­ing to, we need to seek God’s guid­ance on how to ad­dress it. This is tricky and sen­si­tive. Mu­sic is their life. We need to ex­plain why this mu­sic is un­healthy and that God tells us to glorify Him with all things that we do (1 Corinthi­ans 10:31).

Thirdly, we need a safe al­ter­na­tive for them. For sure, our youth will have at least a slightly dif­fer­ent taste of mu­sic than we do, and that’s okay. That is the con­stant vari­able I re­ferred to ear­lier.

So we need to sup­port the new Chris­tian mu­sic that God uses to speak to our youth. Like­wise, our youth needs to be taught to re­spect the tra­di­tional mu­sic. All the while, we need to re­spect the mu­sic that our youth lis­ten to, if in­deed they have found their taste of mu­sic that is en­cour­ag­ing and ul­ti­mately glo­ri­fies God.

We are all ex­posed to so much of the world that it tends to be dif­fi­cult to tune out the dis­trac­tions that aim to yank us off track. How­ever, the nat­u­ral growth of a be­liever in Je­sus Christ brings on con­vic­tion and di­rec­tion so that we are equipped to fight these bat­tles.

Pray for your chil­dren and our youth to open up to godly mu­sic that can change their ev­ery­day liv­ing from a blurred im­age to a con­fi­dent trans­formed mind in Christ.

Stay en­cour­aged and God bless,

ISAAC RED­MAN

COLUM­NIST

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