In this day and age, while some churches are coming together, others are more divided than ever. Be it denominations, style of worship, or good ol’ segregation, (sarcasm) it’s becoming more of a problem in Anytown, USA.
Traditions play a major role in this, so much so, that at times traditions can even eclipse one of the most, if not the most important piece of the church: theology.
In the sect of Christianity, there is a common question that is asked: does it glorify God? Then, a second question is asked: If it doesn’t glorify God, is it evil? Is there anything neutral in this world or is there just good and bad? How can we tell the difference?
One example is secular music and whether or not you can make a living as a Christian singing secular music.
Here's a scripture I feel is in favor of it:
1 Corinthians 9:19-23
Paul’s Use of His Freedom
19 Though I am free and belong to no one, I have made myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. 20 To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law. 21 To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law), so as to win those not having the law. 22 To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. 23 I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.
On the other hand:
2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
So, what about Christians like Carrie Underwood and Stephen Curry who use their secular careers as a platform to promote the gospel?
Should we never listen to any secular music or is it a case by case scenario?
What about music we normally listen to like secular holiday music, the National Anthem, Happy Birthday, music on TV, movies, streaming video, music on the internet, and even background music? Where do we draw the line?
I believe we should be careful of the music we listen to. If it convicts us, we need to turn it off. On the other hand, if it's not causing you or others around you to stumble, or if it's not contradictory of the Word of God, you have the God-given free will to choose and we shouldn't see that as sinful. Let the Holy Spirit guide you!
In hindsight of conversations I've had, the problem is that it's easy to point the finger when one feels innocent enough of the other person’s lifestyle to condemn, but it’s even easier to justify yourself when the focus is shifted to you, even in regards to the same agenda… this is a double standard.
No wonder homosexuality is such a hot button issue in the church. We don’t talk about lusting or pornography nearly as much... why?
The good news is that despite differences, instead of constant debate, I'm seeing the Body of Christ come together. I'm seeing churches become a beacon as they put aside differences in denominations, cultures, and customs and simply worship Jesus. This is the goal of the church. Satan loves to see division. Don’t let him get an ounce of satisfaction. Give your brother in Christ a chance at something greater than all of us! Let’s advance the kingdom with unity in Christ!