If you’ve been following along with the Up! devotional this week you’ve probably caught on to the fact that I’m talking about how wildly impressionable we humans are.
People say that children are sponges. But so are adults! (We’re just better at hiding it.)
I read a study that said we’re more likely to trust what someone is saying if they’re wearing a white lab coat. Ever wonder why the people in the toothpaste commercials are dressed like that? Is it because it’s a great on-camera look? Probably not. I’m guessing it’s because the advertisers have done their research and are trying to sway you!
Yup, we’re impressionable.
That’s why the music you listen to matters.
Teaching people about how to live wisely according to God’s will, Paul writes, “be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit” (Ephesians 5:18-19).
Paul knows that music has a massive impact on the formation of your character and perspective.
So the question is this: What kind of music do you listen to? And then this: Does it chip away at your faith, or does it fortify your faith?
And I don’t ask that question lightly. You might think I’m a puritan but I don’t care—so let me be clear: Standards have gone waaay down. Music that celebrates and venerates violence, sexual promiscuity, apathy and which dishonours the Lord’s name is in abundance.
The key is to keep your ears open, and not be blind (and deaf) to the fact that music has a massive impact on the formation of your character and perspective.
Your music matters. So what are you listening to? Does it chip away at your faith, or does it fortify your faith?
If you feel a bit convicted on this one, it’s probably time to juggle up the playlist.
By Matthew Ruttan