Music and Spirituality

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Music, apart from being educational, also has a unique way of lifting one’s spirits. Many times when you are sad you just turn on that soft song you like then as you sing along that song, your mood becomes better. At other times, as you just listen to that song you like while working, you synchronize with the rhythm of the song and work just becomes more enjoyable. Well, it’s no secret that music is part of our daily lives.

Therefore, it is only natural to sometimes put our favorite musicians through the lens of a microscope and see if indeed they sing what they mean and they mean what they sing. I mean, if a musician says he is praising God, his actions and music should conform to the philosophy of God. The music should not only just have a few mentions of some few Christian words, but should be music that inspires listeners towards God as their maker and sustainer in life.

I would like, for the purpose of this article, to take look at the case of the popular musician: Kendrick Lamar. Kendrick Lamar is one of the most popular rappers right now. Just like many other talented artists who have risen to the limelight, his career has not been short of its share of conspiracies. These conspiracies are mostly based on speculation about who or what inspires his music and his connections to the Illuminati- which is supposed to be a secret society.

Kendrick1There is a lot of speculation that Illuminati had something to do with his fast rise to fame and success. This is by considering the fact that Kendrick Lamar attracted a huge fan base with just but a few hits, making remarkable appearances in other people’s songs as a guest artist and several live performances, all within a short period of time.

Kendrick sometimes sings about God in his songs. As a matter of fact, to get a full understanding of who Kendrick is, you would need to take a look and appreciate what he believes. For example, in his intro to the song Good Kid, he says, “Lord God, I come to you a sinner, and I humbly repent for my sins. I believe that Jesus is Lord. I believe that you raised Him from the dead. I will ask that Jesus will come into my life and be my Lord and Savior. I receive Jesus to take control of my life that I may live for Him from this day forth. Thank you, Lord Jesus, for saving me with your precious blood. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”

Also, in his recent Billboard interview, Kendrick Lamar attributed his fame and favor by music lovers to favoritism from God for delivering him from the influence of peers and neighborhood that is usually inclined to crime and violence. He even acknowledged his belief in the coming end of the world, “We’re in the last days, man — I truly in my heart believe that” he said. “It’s written.”

However, one thing we really need to find out is whether he really gets his inspiration from God. Because otherwise, he would be an agent of the devil himself. So I took the liberty of looking for some crucial characteristics of proper music that one can confidently say is about God.

KendrickThe song’s lyrics and rhythm must show a change in life or regenerated experience. The music and the musician ought to exhibit ownership. We, as Christians, belong to our savior Jesus Christ. The song ought to give an indication that one is denying extreme worldliness in his/her mannerisms. Christian music should also show that the musician singing is an example of a Christian character. The singer should not just be casually singing the songs but must be living in accordance with the message in the songs. It is also important that the music should bear witness to the unbeliever. Being an educative tool, music should be one that points an unbeliever to a righteous life. The music should also show that I am true to my belief in Christ. The music should signal a person’s submission to the Holy Spirit. The songs ought to echo God’s order in creation and the universe.

Therefore, if music does not bear any of the above traits, it would be safe to assume that it is not of God and that it does not carry out His purpose in our life. Those who listen to music by such musicians, who give no regard to God, soon get under the influence of the themes advocated for in these songs.

Then if the music is not of God then this would mean it is inspired by the devil himself. One thing you should have realized by now is that music has a lot of influence on its listeners, based on the themes in a song and the style of music, one can easily conform to his favorite musician’s way of life and line of thought. Hence, if the music is not Godly, you will find yourself conforming to the ungodly behavior.

For instance, if the main theme of the song is violence and sex, continued listening to such a song will eventually make you compromise your high moral ground and fall into temptations of immoral behavior and violence. And in the end, just because of the music you unknowingly follow evil. You unknowingly fall into Satan’s trap through music.

So in the same way, when we find some fishy symbols in Kendrick Lamar’s songs: symbols which have been associated with the Illuminati, we begin to question the source of inspiration of his music. We can only conclude that he is among the worldly musicians out to deceive us into following them thinking we are following the right, while in essence we are following the wrong philosophy: a philosophy of Lucifer himself.

Hence, it’s true; through that favorite musician of yours, even if it is Lamar, you may end up conforming to what Satan wants you to do. And the sad part is that you will do so without your knowledge.

So, what do you think? Does music really have power over our minds?

Will refraining from music help solve some of our social and immorality issues?

Is Satan really using our own musicians against us?

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