Complete Contrast at Heart

16 May

What the Bible says and what the world says is incredibly different. Often this is obvious as the actions of the world are in complete contrast to Scripture but sometimes it is more subtle and can slip in our lives and thinking as Christians. This happens in many ways but the way I noticed recently was through the lyrics of songs. I’m not talking about blatently blasphemous or immoral lyrics but that they show us the world’s thinking, which is different to what God says, and the world’s thoughts and opinions can sneak under our radar contradicting scripture. This is apparent in what lyrics of popular songs and the Bible say about the heart. The world tells us to trust our hearts, for example

  • “Follow your heart”- Robbie Williams “Ben’s Brother”
  • “Don’t think so much/Let your heart decide” – Raven-Symone “True to your Heart” (Disney Ella Enchanted Soundtrack)
  • “Don’t think so much/Let your heart decide” – Raven-Symone “True to your Heart” (Disney Ella Enchanted Soundtrack)
  • “Trust your Heart/Let fate decide” – Phils Collins- “Two Worlds” (Disney Tarzan Soundtrack)
  • “Follow your heart/ Let love lead” – Celine Dion – “I believe in you”

This is what Christ said:

For from within, out of men’s hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. All these evils come from inside and make a man ‘unclean.’ ” Mark7:21-23 (NIV)

Bit of a difference don’t you think? Even things we regard as “safe” are filled with the world’s philosphy contradicting Scripture. The world says that we should trust in ourselves but God tells us that we are to trust and rely upon him and not to trust our own sinful hearts. I’m not saying you should now go and throw out any of your music which reflects the world’s ideas and listen solely to Psalms on your mp3 (though it probably would have its benefits!) we just need to be aware of what songs are saying and not let it subconciously sneak into our thinking. Its interesting too the way some of the songs listed up there are from Disney so these thoughts could be going towards younger children as well, I know you can’t beat a Disney Classic but maybe we all have to think of the message we’re putting out some times and who will be listening.


One Response to “Complete Contrast at Heart”

  1. Daniel Ritchie May 17, 2007 at 7:42 pm #

    Good thoughts James, much more than music has been infiltrated with the world’s philosophy. As one who likes to study Political philosophy, it is amazing how much certain ungodly ideas have influenced the church.

    Keep up the good work.

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