Music goes do re mi, but what’s that to me?

Written by Zachary Hagen
February 16, 2017

Music is one of the most powerful forces in the universe. Its mathematical complexity coincides with artistry that pulls at heart strings and moves us in ways that other art forms can only dream of doing. The wonderful gift of music is that it speaks to us on a personal level. How does it fit into the Christian walk? Are we listening to music that draws our hearts closer to the throne?

Daniel Hebard, junior biomedical major, said, “Music can help us better understand our own struggles, as it awakens us to the fact that we’re not alone. Everyone experiences pain, but music especially can help us understand that God doesn’t make us suffer, but sometimes he uses our suffering to help us grow.”

Music surely can help us to grow closer to God and make us look at pain in a new light. In fact, that’s what it should do, but it does not always do that. Think critically about the things you listen to. Does it line up with the kind of Christian experience that you want?

Philippians 4:8 says, “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” Does the music you listen to glorify premarital sex, drinking, drugs, violence, or other vices? Does it make you feel uplifted and close to God? I know it can be tough to live a life in line with what God wants, but the power of music can both help and hinder that walk. I encourage you to be wise about the music you choose to listen to.