Hello all! First of all, allow me to digress for a moment. Forgive me, I don’t often write formally, except for my biology reports, so my writings here may come out very similar to the way I talk: a little scattered sometimes. Thankfully writing gives me the privilege to edit.
Background now. I am working my way to a Bachelor of Science degree at a large, secular university. Therefore, much of what I write is likely inspired by things I overhear on campus, things I hear from my professors, and lifestyles I see around me. This is one such article.
I have had many opportunities of late to think carefully about music. Many of us are drawn almost inexplicably to music in one genre or another. Martin Luther once said “Beautiful music is the art of the prophets that can calm the agitations of the soul, it is one of the most magnificent and delightful presents God has given us.” So many of us, when we become frustrated, hurt, or sad, turn on our mp3, iPod, or phone, plug in our headphones and forget the world. Music is where we often turn for comfort and serenity. Music does affect how we think too, else why would we be so drawn to some songs and not others? Are we not drawn to songs that seem to be written about our own lives? What are the words of your favorite song saying?
The reason for which I write this is because I hear people declare how much they love certain secular songs, which is just fine. But when those songs have words that are degrading toward women, celebrate sex, drugs and over-indulgence of alcohol, what good could possibly come of listening to and admiring such music?
I’m directing this more at the girls in high school and college. Gentlemen, edit my comments to fit you. Speaking as one, teenage and young women need to know that we are important, treasured, and loved. This music is not the way to gain that feeling. I implore my fellow young women, remember who you are! You are SO much more than your body and your looks, so why would you celebrate the music that would rather drool over your body than admire who you really are?
It seems cliché. It seems like you’ve all heard this a thousand times before. I know I feel like I have. When you want to be loved, treasured and adored, it won’t come from a man staring at your body. It will come from finding God’s declarations of love for you in His word, and truly realizing that He is speaking directly to YOU.
Those songs that speak of your body, your looks, your physicality? Do not ever mistake them as flattering, sweet or loving. They are trashy. They are repulsive. They seek to tear you from the One who created you TRULY beautiful. Seek words of affirmation in the Word of the One who loves you perfectly, purely, and unendingly. Proverbs 31:10 “Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies.” Far above rubies. What a compliment. Such a compliment infinitely more flattering and loving than any secular song could ever dream of producing. And why are we priced far above rubies. Not because our hair is perfect, our skin flawless, or our bodies proportioned. It is because of the virtues in us that point to God Himself.