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Josh Griffin

I’ve got a feeling this poll will be a little polarizing. Do you listen to secular music? Would love to know your thoughts about the type of music a youth pastor can listen to and vote in this week’s poll!


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  • DrewE says:

    While there are secular and sacred lyrics, or at least lyrics with secular and sacred themes, is there such a things as “secular music” and “sacred music” beyond that? Is a Sousa march sacred or secular? How about Greensleeves? or Finlandia?

  • Ben says:

    I know youth pastors in my area that are 100% against it – to me that’s ministry suicide. Well, not suicide, but you are basically dooming yourself to irrelevance. That type of unBiblical legalism will ostracize the lost and shackle your Christian kids. Music is such a powerful force in teen culture, you better be prepared to engage and teach using those secular song. Romans 14 comes to mind as well. Do we need to teach our teens to cast off the sinful elements of pop music: absolutely. But a blanket condemnation of “secular” music is, in my opinion, a lazy and cowardly way to minister.

    • Amy says:

      There is a difference between choosing to listen to music as an individual and what you allow at church. Choosing to listen to secular music on your own time understanding your own motives is different than playing secular music in a church setting or in a Christian organization. We often assume that kids want to hear what they hear in the world so we can be “relevant” but aren’t we called to be separate? To be a stark contrast to what the world has to offer? Isn’t it possible that kids eventually get turned off when there is no stark contrast to the world? Another thing to think about is what about Christian kids who have decided for themselves to not listen to secular music. It is a very difficult thing for them to feel at moral odds with Christian leaders. It is a very sad thing when we make them wrestle with there own “separate-ness” in a Christian setting. Isn’t it possible that many of the strong Christian youth choose not to attend youth group because they feel at moral odds with some of the happenings that go on there. This creates a vacuum of strong Christian peers within the youth group and it becomes dominated by worldly teens. A lot to think about. PS I am not a youth pastor, but a mother of teens who wrestle with their role/place in youth group.

  • Coop says:

    I don’t see anything wrong with secular music (with discretion), and I do think it’s important to know what our students are listening to.

  • Austin Walker says:

    Most awkward moment of my life? Telling a new friend of mine in high school I didn’t listen to Christian radio because the DJs were WAY more than I could handle only to find out his dad was a major one in our area. Fantastic.

    I mostly listen to secular, but I have my preferred Christian artists who I think make quality music, not cheesy or poorly written music.

  • Will R. says:

    Looks like the vast majority of us are on the same page on this one.

  • Clint Nelson says:

    I disagree. I don’t listen to it, and I don’t feel like I am irrelevant with my students at all. I choose not to listen to it because I understand that the things I see and listen to are deposits into my life and will eventually come out. I don’t necessarily think that your going to go to hell for it or anything, I just choose not to listen to it. The cool thing is that any kind of secular music that my students find, I can find great quality christian music to match it.

  • Benjamin Spears says:

    Josh- Thanks for putting the brackets around “secular”. While I’m one of the people who said “LOVE IT”, I would also like to clarify that I’m not the guy who listens to just anything on the radio. I’m not going to buy something just because it’s got a good beat. I tend to put some thought into what I listen to (or what movies/TV I watch). It’s all about critical thinking…and if it doesn’t contradict/offend my faith, isn’t spirtually detrimental, and isn’t something I would be able to enjoy with one of my teens (or my mom) in the room (eg. laden with profanity, sexuality, hedonism), than it’s all good. I think it’s important to teach our teens to be critical thinkers rather than simply outlawing something on the basis of it being “secular”. And while, I, like some of the other posters, wouldn’t touch Christian radio with a ten foot pole, I definitely also dig worship stuff that appeals to my musical taste.

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