How Can We Worship God through Secular Music?

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Have you ever found yourself singing along to a song on the radio while you’re in your car, and suddenly, you realize that what you’re singing could very well be used to worship God, even though it may not be a “Christian” song? This may not happen all that often, but there have certainly been times in my life when God has spoken to me through secular music. So what exactly can we, as Christians, do with this when it comes to worship? Is there a way we can truly worship God while listening to or singing along with secular music? I believe there is. Here are three M’s to help give you something to think about and remember:

  1. Mindfulness

I think first of all, we need to remember that most popular music is written through the lens of what society values, which often does not run parallel with the Bible. With this in mind, we can get a better understanding of where the song is coming from and if the lyrics behind it are actually revealing any of God’s truths or not.

  1. Meaning

Similar to mindfulness, it is important that we look at the overall meaning behind the song. We should also think about what it means for us in our own walk with Christ. Is this song encouraging us in our faith? Is it revealing genuine emotions and struggles? Many songs are relatable because they deal with difficult circumstances and feelings, but does the song also offer any kind of hope?

  1. Motivation

Overall, what is our motivation for worship, anyway? This is something that we should take a step back and think about. Is it centered around us or are we focused on God? Often times, we think of worship as a feeling and something we need to be in the mood for, when really, it is an action in response to God’s goodness and mercy.

Hopefully, this will inspire you to go out and find some secular music that reveals God’s truths. Let us know what you find!

-Emily H.

Social Media Talk: Worshiping God or “Trendy” Christianity?

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I stopped myself before posting a picture on Instagram that I had captioned with a Bible verse. Something about this didn’t feel right. Why? It was in that moment when I realized what the problem was—I was doing this out of my own selfish desires rather than out of genuine worship. The only reason I included a Bible verse at all was to get more attention, more likes, and to make people think, “Wow, she seems like a really cool Christian.”

I feel like this has become a problem in our society, especially with social media. It can be so tempting to put on a persona in the online world in order to filter out the things we don’t want others to see. We want to look cool, trendy, and make a good impression. As Christians, it can sometimes be easy to take a picture of our open Bible next to a cup of coffee, use a vintage-looking filter, caption it with a verse, and post it in hopes that we get attention for looking like a “hipster Christian.”

I am not saying that it is wrong to share Bible verses on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. If you look at our blog’s Twitter, you will see that we share verses every so often. But I think overall, it is important that we stop and think about our motivations before sharing anything on social media (for example, #afterchurchselfie is a hashtag used over 10,000 times on Instagram). Are we simply using God as a way to draw attention to ourselves? Jesus tells us in Matthew 6:5 that we should not be like the hypocrites who pray on street corners in order to be seen by others. Let us examine our hearts before uploading a selfie with a Scripture reference.