A Wise Person Remains Ignorant

Monday, June 08, 2009

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What type of person is best qualified to talk about Biblical music standards? Is it someone who has spent hours studying the lives of wicked musicians? Is it someone who can tell you the titles of all the current pop songs on secular radio stations? Should the person who is trying to keep their music holy study the lyrics of popular tunes and analyze them according to the Scriptures?

The answer may surprise you. The Bible teaches that we should be ignorant of what wicked people do. For a Christian who is concerned with living a life that is pleasing to the Lord, it is even a "shame" to merely speak of activities that evil men involve themselves in.
    "For your obedience is come abroad unto all men. I am glad therefore on your behalf: but yet I would have you wise unto that which is good, and simple concerning evil." (Romans 16:19)
    "For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret. But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light." (Ephesians 5:8-13)
If we wish to be wise in the area of godly music, we must remain foolish in the eyes of the world.
    "Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness." (1 Corinthians 3:18-19)
The lesson we must learn here is this: we must immerse ourselves in that which is good, and avoid that which is evil. Be ignorant of wicked men and their activities. Do not keep abreast of every popular musician and every popular song. We must remain "simple" concerning that which is evil.

Now, that does not mean that we are to be simply na´ve and be surprised by wicked things that wicked men do. However, we are to avoid reading, looking at, learning about evil activities, including evil music.

Consider the story of Joseph. When tempted to commit an immoral act with a wicked woman, he did not continue to simply argue or reason with her. He did not stay and test his personal resolve. He simply ran!
    "And Joseph was a goodly person, and well favoured. And it came to pass after these things, that his master's wife cast her eyes upon Joseph; and she said, Lie with me. But he refused, and said unto his master's wife, Behold, my master wotteth not what is with me in the house, and he hath committed all that he hath to my hand; There is none greater in this house than I; neither hath he kept back any thing from me but thee, because thou art his wife: how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God? And it came to pass, as she spake to Joseph day by day, that he hearkened not unto her, to lie by her, or to be with her. And it came to pass about this time, that Joseph went into the house to do his business; and there was none of the men of the house there within. And she caught him by his garment, saying, Lie with me: and he left his garment in her hand, and fled, and got him out." (Genesis 39:7-12)
We must learn to avoid those things that are wicked and evil, and fill our minds and our lives with that which is positive, uplifting, and holy.
    "Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things." (Philippians 4:8)
Let's resolve to be ignorant on purpose of music that is not glorifying to the Lord, but knowledgeable and wise concerning that which honors, glorifies and praises Him! We must fill our lives with music that is beautiful, God-honoring, Biblical, sound in doctrine, pure, and virtuous, so that there is no room left for music which would drag us down into worldliness and ungodliness.

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Curtis holds a bachelor's degree in Bible with a music minor, as well as a master's degree in Sacred Music, having studied under Dr. Frank Garlock, president of Majesty Music, and Ray and Ann Gibbs, well-known Christian singers. He has served as music director and jr. high/high school supervisor at Grace Baptist Church of Mankato, Minnesota; school music director at the Franklin Road Christian School in Murfreesboro, Tennessee; media engineer for the Sword of the Lord in Murfreesboro, Tennessee; and, full-time music director at Second Baptist Church and Twin City Christian Academy in Festus, Missouri. He is currently self-employed and serves in the music ministry of the Berean Baptist Church in Rockford, IL. Curtis is co-founder and President of the Asaph Music Co. He regularly sings bass with the Bible Truth Chorale on recordings produced by Bible Truth Music at Faith Music Missions.

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