With the ever-changing landscape of music, it is hard to figure out who is even popular at any given moment. Music is an important part of our world. It provides inspiration, back ground noise and entertainment. Music has also had a way of teaching us things. I bet you could name songs that were sung to you as a kid. In fact, some of us have even passed those things on to our own children. When we want to teach kids the truth of the Bible, for example, it is often done through song. We remember that kids have a simple faith that is fueled by God’s Word. That often is reinforced with songs that help us remember important truths.
Songs can also make us dwell on things that we shouldn’t. Some of the popular music that is listened to today is vulgar and offensive. It portrays a life of selfish ambitions and worldliness. As a Christian parent, I think a lot about how the things my children are listening to are influencing them. As a youth pastor, I have had many conversations about how the things we take in direct our thoughts and then direct our actions. If you want to follow God, it would be wise to pay attention to what influences you. (Using God’s G.P.S.)
When I am asked what kind of music I listen to, I respond by telling people I base the decision on whether or not I would be comfortable with my kids repeating the song lyrics. Therefore, a lot of what we listen to in the van with our kids is worship music or music with a Christian worldview.
It is awesome to listen to our children sing songs to the Lord. Just yesterday, our 2-year-old son was singing away to a song by the Katinas. It just warms our heart to hear that because it is a solid message and it is cute. It is fun to hear them sing worship songs as they play or just sort of “do their thing” around the house. I believe that God uses those things to help teach them and even remind them of truth later on in life. It is important that we help our kids make wise media choices. It can be an uphill battle, but I believe it is worth it.
Influence is called influence for a reason. Make sure it is the right thing that influences you.
“The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.” – Luke 6:45
Below is one of the songs my son was singing the other day– Awesome!
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