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Hello everyone! What are some of your favorite things to do on Sabbath? I like to watch nature shows, listen to music, and read! :)

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Should we listen to alternative/rock music that is "Christian"?


Steve Answers:

Ready for a debate? This question usually creates tension and sparks. People dig in their heels, make grandiose and sometimes ridiculous claims, and end up angry with one another.

The last time I got into this argument was almost a full month ago! Two other youth leaders voiced opposite opinions of what Godly music really sounds like.

One youth leader commented that the special music at church the previous Sabbath was so "spiritual." But the other youth leader claimed that it put some people to sleep, which hardly classified it as spiritual—at least for those people.

Two common sense things to keep in mind when discussing music are:

1. Musical preferences are personal. Which also means that musical tastes/preferences can change.

2. Teen music has a bad reputation. The music young people listen to always seems to get labeled as "terrible" or "worldly" or "satanic" or "You call that music?" or "It's too loud!" by older people. But the critics usually forget that their elders said exactly the same things to them just a decade or two earlier.

I find many criticisms about music laughable—criticisms such as "It makes your pulse rate increase" or "I can't understand the words." What's wrong with increasing one's pulse rate? Should we never exercise because it will increase our heart rate?

Two key passages I'd recommend when it comes to listening to music are Philippians 4:8 and Colossians 2:8. The Philippians passage instructs us to keep our minds focused on things that are "true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, or praiseworthy."

Colossians 2:8 warns us to "see to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ."

Apply these principles to your musical selections as well as to the rest of your decisions. Challenge others to do the same. Children can live with what others have decided for them, but by the time you're a teen you need to be making the most of your choices.

Does your music increase your faith in God and your love for Him? If so, then keep listening to it. If not, be willing to make good changes or turn it off.

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