I listen to “secular” music. There, I said it. I place “secular” in scare quotes for reasons I won’t get into right now. In any event, it’s interesting to see how people’s (usually well meaning Christians but sometimes nonbelievers as well) minds run wild when they learn this about me. They begin to act as if all I do is listen to music, or at least all the music I do listen to (among the other things I do) is “secular.”
I can’t see why assumptions like this ever pop into anyone’s mind. I generally listen to music in the car. Almost never at home. The earbuds that came with my iPhone have never been opened. The ones that came with my Galaxy S5 were given to my daughter before I even gave her the phone. I have Sony earphones hanging from my desk, but they get plugged in to view media (YouTube, Netflix, etc.). Music just isn’t that big a part of my life, which isn’t to say that I don’t enjoy it, I just don’t have much time for it.
When I do listen to music my taste is varied. Hillsong is in regular rotation in iTunes. So is the 80s on 8 on my XM Radio. And yes, I listen to rap music, mostly from the 90s. I’m not a fan of today’s music in general. Any genre. But that’s another post for another day. In any event, I’ve said all this to say that I think folks overreact at the mere mention is listening to anything “secular” (truth is that most Christians will allow some kind of “secular” music as okay; but it’s only okay when it’s what they like to listen to).
But this isn’t a post presenting an apologetic for “secular” music in general or rap music in particular. It’s not my justification (and I use that word loosely since I’m of the opinion that we tend to justify things that are wrong or that we believe to be wrong) of listening to it. It’s me highlighting what I think are curious assumptions. It’s a weird way to think.