Get Rid of Your Idols!

Music is never just ‘entertainment’. Music is a language more profound than regular human speech. It is spiritual – whether you use it to worship God or not. Music has the ability to influence the mind, the body, and the soul. It can inspire, and it can encourage action. What message is your music giving you?

Music’s purpose was to praise and worship God. Does the music you listen to, and the music you make, do that?

Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts.-Colossians 3:16

If the message about Christ, in all it’s richness, fills your life…you won’t need and you won’t WANT the songs of the world! The songs that praise sin instead of God will disgust you. If you’re still ‘entertained’ by songs that promote violence, homosexuality, fornication, adultery, and all other manner of sin – songs by singers who mock God – if you really can’t see that there is something wrong with this…then you don’t really know Jesus yet, and you are burdened by the yoke of the secular world.

I know what it’s like – I was there. After I got saved I still listened to secular music (in smaller amounts than before, listening to more and more Christian music), but I didn’t part with my secular music right away. I knew something was wrong and that I should probably ditch it, but I “liked” it. I was ensnared by it, brainwashed and hypnotised by the melodies and lyrics of the world that I’d gotten so accustomed to. Looking back I see it as so foolish – but I was in direct rebellion of God!

God mercifully gave me the nudge I needed to get rid of it! He used a situation with the man who is now my husband, to give me the fatherly slap in the face I needed to see that it was idolatry in my life and it needed to go! I listened to the Holy Spirit’s conviction this time and deleted every secular song I had on my computer and threw out every secular CD I owned. Over 3000 songs on the computer, well over 100 CD’s.

But I didn’t stop there. Music is not the only secular brainwasher. I also deleted scores of secular movies and threw out an entire garbage bag of nothing but DVDs and videos. “What a waste of money to throw them out” the flesh said. “What a waste of money buying this trash in the first place!” the spirit said!

The comic books, the romance novels, everything except text book type educational books went out. And I’m glad it did! I regret the time I wasted with my nose buried in silly books, playing pointless games in unhealthy amounts, and listening to noise that did everything it could to distract me from and block out the voice of God!

I praise God that it didn’t work forever – He broke through it all and stirred my heart. He caused me to realize the sheer vanity of it all. Even before I got saved He was there, that small voice in my head, surfacing every once in a while to tell me that my gaming was meaningless and a pointless waste of precious time. I’m so glad that Jesus was always there…not just waiting for me to wake up, but giving me the nudges that, in time, stirred me from my media-coma-sleep.

It is terrible to be living in such a way that your main goal in life is to be entertained. It is awful to be enslaved by worldly amusements that leave you dry, always wanting more. The music may give you a fleeting sense of ‘happiness’ but when the music stops, it’s gone, you’re dry again, you seek out more to fill the void – a void that only Jesus can fill.

Real joy is found only in Jesus, and real freedom too.  To trade slavery to the flesh to slavery to Christ is the wisest thing to do. If you are dry, seek Living Water. Stop drinking from the poisoned worldly cistern. It will only make you more and more ill, and draw you away from Christ, though at first you may not notice it happen.

I know what it was like to not want to give the secular stuff up. But I’m on the other side of it now and I’m telling you I don’t regret it for one second. Sure, when I did part with it, there was a small part of me that still wanted to cling on to it – that’s the flesh. I pushed my flesh aside to obey God, and the next day He told me through a devotional that I did the right thing. It wasn’t a daily devotional, it was one in a devotional Bible. A bible I usually didn’t use. That day though, I just flipped it open, and the first thing my eyes landed on was:

Since that day there have so many reassurances, so many ways that the Lord has shown Himself to me…things I never would have seen while blinded by the world. Thank You, Jesus – You are so wonderful.

Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord.-Ephesians 5:17-19

I can tell you exactly what the will of the Lord is. The will of the Lord is that He be your ONLY God, and that you OBEY Him. Get rid of your idols. They aren’t stone and wood anymore…they are many things. And I can assure you 100% that secular music, movies, TV, sports etc IS idolatry. They even call themselves with idolatrous terms. “So and so is a hockey STAR. This girl got to meet her IDOL. Next time on American IDOL” and so on.

None of the world’s “entertainment” is going to draw you closer to Christ, and if you truly walk with God, you won’t be entertained by it…so why keep it? If you refuse to get rid of it…there’s the proof right there that it’s an idol to you, because you’d rather keep it then obey God.

2 Comments:

  1. What about Owl City? Should I stop listening to them because they don’t talk about God in every single song, though every song is about good, wholesome, uplifting things?
    And getting me to stop watching DS9 . . . well, with all due respect, you’re fighting a losing battle.

    • “well, with all due respect, you’re fighting a losing battle.”

      It wasn’t a losing battle in my own life. The Lord got through to me that I needed to cut this stuff, which He CLEARLY showed me was idolatry, out and focus on what was wholly glorifying Him so that I’d be edified and more focused on Him, and be worshipping Him with my whole heart. My focus needs to be on what’s pleasing to God, not on what’s pleasing to my own flesh, music or otherwise.

      Owl City is actually one I stopped listening to. I really don’t consider everything Owl City sings to be “good wholesome and uplifting” and I’m not suggesting anyone do what I myself would not, and have not, done.

      One of the biggest problems with even the stuff that seems innocent is that it can, and in most cases does, keep people from seeking the Lord with all their heart, and from worshipping Him with all their heart. Let’s use the example of a man who goes to church and while the service is going on, instead of thinking about God, he’s thinking about the football game. You know that happens a lot. Then you have a person unsatisfied with their relationship to Christ because it seems like there’s not much there. Why? Because God says you shall seek Him and find Him when you seek Him with -all your heart- . How many people have been kept from so many blessings and growth in their relationship with Jesus by this very thing? Only the Lord knows.

      While I encourage everyone to do as I have done and be blessed as I have been blessed, you do have free will and it’s your choice what you do. But I would really hope and pray that if seeking and pleasing God is really your top priority in life, that you would seek God out on the matter, pray and earnestly ask Him to show you if what you’re doing is pleasing Him or not.

      The battle in my life is not lost, Jesus won. The battle in your own life is yet to be determined – and it’s not my battle. I’ll be praying for you. God bless.

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