When I was twelve or thirteen I was able to attend a Regional Fireside. What I remember about that fireside was that they talked about the destructive influence of music in our lives. They challenged us to go home and throw away our bad music. I went home and I did that. I only had three cassette tapes but they weren't good. I had gotten them from my cousins who said they were soooo good. My cousins were very "into" music and a large collection of music. They were constantly listening to music. They were from California so they were "cool."
After that point I simply refused to buy tapes and listen to popular music. Growing up I certainly missed out on a great many peer conversations about the latest bands and new releases. I simply had know idea what they were talking about. I was clueless and I have remained clueless about popular music.
I have noticed that I have had a great many blessings in my life because I have not listened to the radio or purchased numerous tapes/CD's. I feel that I have the constant life line of the Spirit in my life and his words are the words that run through my mind. I can concentrate and think about divine things. I feel peace and calm in a hectic world.
I have a friend who told me that as soon as he gets in the car and heads to work/comes home which is up to an hour the first thing he does is turn on the radio and listen. He says that it is his way of not having to deal with things and he can just tune out of his life for a while. This man is a great father and husband, of strong moral character and a leader in the church. I thought it was fascinating that he recognized what he was doing.
I am certainly aware there is good pop music out there. I am certainly aware that there may even be good stations. For me it simply comes down to several things.
- I want to be able to have the Spirit always with me
- I don't want to always be concentrating on whether this or that is an appropriate song
- I have other things I want to spend my money on
- I want to be able to ponder
- I want to fill my mind and daily thoughts with things from the scriptures and things of God versus the popular lyrics of a song that stay in my head and for some reason do not leave
I testified to them of greater increase of the Spirit it they would take the time to read and ponder on the lyrics of the popular songs and decide if they were appropriate. They sang some songs to me that they all liked. I pointed things out to them in the songs that maybe they should think about.
Here is some of the lyrics to the popular song that I walked out on:
Our song is a slamming screen doorI can only ask why are these songs okay? Some songs are much tamer than this and others are worse. However as I looked through the lyrics online to many of these popular songs what I saw was that they were all about being in love. We live in the last days. We are in a war, a spiritual war. Our youth do not need to be thinking about love, dating and kissing all the time. They do not need lyrics like that going over and over in their minds. They need to learn about what it means to nurture, preside, provide and protect. They need to think about their role as part of the rising generation. They need to be aware that Satan wants to destroy them. However if they can simply be complacent, moon-eyed, and plugged in he has won. They will be too busy thinking about their love-struck emotions to worry about waging war.
Sneakin out late, tapping on your window
When we're on the phone, and you talk real slow
Cause it's late and your mama don't know
Our song is the way he laughs, on the first date
Man, I didn't kiss him, and I should have
When I got home, before I said amen
Asking God if He can play it again
Play it again, oh yeah, oh, oh, yeah
(Taylor Swift, Our Song)
I have seen that a lot lately with boys leaving or not leaving on their missions. They don't want to leave or their girlfriends don't support them leaving because, "don't you understand, we're in love." Ecclesiastes teaches us their is a time for all things, including a time to love. We need to help our youth have their emotions in control so that they can do the right things at the right time. I present that being plugged in all the time is not the way this will be accomplished. I say again they will be to busy thinking about love and good things to be part of the war they were specifically called upon and held back for to fight in.
That is why I challenge popular music. Because we don't have time for it. We are at war.