The Devil’s Music

Pre Youth Service Music
I may be about to open a can of worms, but I have a question for everyone.  How do you handle music that plays before your youth service?  Do you think playing secular music is appropriate?

I’m torn.  There’s some quality secular music I’d love to let play, because I think it’s important to show the students that you can listen to secular music and not be demonic.  I don’t want them to feel like bad music and poor theology are requirements before you can listen to a song.  On the other hand, I don’t want to glorify secular music with good music and poor theology.  At what point do you draw the line and say yes to this, no to that?

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No deep theological proposition or anything, just asking how you handle these types of things!

14 Comments

  1. We use "Secular" Music in our ministry. Im of the camp that there is no such thing as "Christian" Music, but thats another debate. Specifically, we try and find songs that will go with our theme for that night, so it will be some worship songs, and maybe a few secular songs as well, with the hopes that maybe the next time the students hear that song, they might think back to the theme of that nights talk. Our worship Team is also look at adding a few songs in as welcome songs, such as Without you by Usher/Guetta
    • We use secular music in sort of the same way, but our worship team has never performed anything. I guess thats sort of the same principle though.
    • Further Id add that we cant know where students really are if we are encouraging a mindset of living two different lifestyles, one at church and one at school, and I feel like they cant quite do that if they dont feel comfortable. Not that the secular music makes them feel comfortable, but it can help.
  2. We use "Secular" Music in our ministry. Im of the camp that there is no such thing as "Christian" Music, but thats another debate. Specifically, we try and find songs that will go with our theme for that night, so it will be some worship songs, and maybe a few secular songs as well, with the hopes that maybe the next time the students hear that song, they might think back to the theme of that nights talk. Our worship Team is also look at adding a few songs in as welcome songs, such as Without you by Usher/Guetta
    • We use secular music in sort of the same way, but our worship team has never performed anything. I guess thats sort of the same principle though.
    • Further Id add that we cant know where students really are if we are encouraging a mindset of living two different lifestyles, one at church and one at school, and I feel like they cant quite do that if they dont feel comfortable. Not that the secular music makes them feel comfortable, but it can help.
  3. We use "secular" music quite often in our programming. Our band plays at least one secular song per series that ties into the teaching. Our videos will often have popular songs on them. And during the preshow, our dj plays a mix of christian hip-hop, secular dance music, and even some secular hip-hop/pop music (often the instrumental), all while Christian music videos play on our screens. We find value in introducing our students to Christian music, but don't deny the pull and energy that comes from "secular" music.
  4. We use "secular" music quite often in our programming. Our band plays at least one secular song per series that ties into the teaching. Our videos will often have popular songs on them. And during the preshow, our dj plays a mix of christian hip-hop, secular dance music, and even some secular hip-hop/pop music (often the instrumental), all while Christian music videos play on our screens. We find value in introducing our students to Christian music, but don't deny the pull and energy that comes from "secular" music.

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