"When I Got The Music, I Got A Place To Go!"

These are lyrics from one of my favorite bands called Rancid. I was 10 years old when my older brother first let me hear them.

I fell in love with that aggressive punk rock sound that made my heart rate rise. It made my head bob and my fist clinch. My brother let me hear similar bands which led me to buy my first Punk O Rama cd.

Punk O Rama was a compilation cd that showcased the Epitaph Records roster. I was hooked on all of them.

I was exposed to so many bands that really shaped my teen years. Punk rock led to thrash metal which led to hardcore which led to a seemingly endless list of genres.

After I became a follower of Jesus, I learned that with great music comes great responsibility.

I'm not sharing this with you to encourage you to stop listening to bands that have "immoral" lyrics. I'm sharing this with you to encourage you to keep your guard up when you do listen to these bands.

I'm a big fan of music. Good lyrics are just an added bonus. I'm fully capable of tuning out the lyrics and just enjoying the music. Lyrics only move me when I allow them to.

If you listen to music that has a negative impact on you (i.e. bad attitude, violent outbursts, anti-everything mentality, etc.), then it's time to reconsider who you're listening to. You have to pay close attention to how music makes you feel. If it drags you away from Jesus in any way, delete it from your playlist.

Trust me, there are plenty other mosh-worthy bands you could be listening to that have wholesome lyrics. If you don't believe me, go listen to a song called Revival by Advent. Once you're done raging on the weight bench and praising Jesus, you'll see what I mean.

Music is a huge part of the Christian faith. Psalm 33:3 says "Sing to him a new song; play skillfully on the strings, with loud shouts." This sounds like a brief description of a hardcore song.

It's totally ok to listen to aggressive music. We just need to make sure that our walk in faith isn't being adjusted by it. Stay bold and stay aware.


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