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[#3] Hey, I'm a Christian and I was just wondering. I'm pretty sure that you're all aware of the terrible shooting that happened at the country music festival in Las Vegas night. Even though I am a Christian I do like some country music here and there. I've just seen a YouTube video of a street preacher preaching to the people that were attending the festival before the shooting. However, I've heard some Christians oppose country music because they believe that it's worldly music and that everybody who listens to it will go to hell.
So I want to ask you these questions:
1. Could those 60 people that were killed in the Las Vegas shooting be in hell right now for attending a country music festival?
2. Since 1 John 2:15-17 says "Don't love the world or anything in the world," does that mean it's a sin and against God's law to listen to country music?
3. If country music is worldly music, does that mean that all country music is satanic?
4. Will God send someone to hell for listening to country music?
5. Does 1 Corinthians mean that anything that doesn't glorify God glorifies Satan?
6. Does God hate country music? Even though some country music glorifies him?
Kyle, thanks for your question. You raise some good points. First, let me say the Bible teaches that those who die in their sins and go to hell are "those who have rejected" Jesus Christ as their Savior. Those 60 poor souls who were murdered were the victims of an irrational person. Some of them may have been Christians, some may not have accepted Christ yet. That did not depend on whether or not they were attending a concert. For instance at Christian concerts some people attend who haven't been saved. Attending that concert won't make them saved.
The verse in 1 John means for us to not have our primary affections and desires set on worldly things. John is speaking to those who are already Saved. The Bible also says we can't love God and mammon (worldly things) why? Because it tears at our primary calling to love the Lord with ALL our heart, soul, mind, and strength. What type of music one listens to are personal choices. Yesterday, I was preaching that some Christians only want a 'little here and now' encounter with Christ without a fully committed life. There is so much that Jesus wants to show us and so many ways He can use us for His glory. When we are committed to Him He blesses us for being faithful. Yet, we Christians can be so worldly in our affections and our love for comfort, ease, and pleasures this material world offers, we miss the calling God has for us.
Now, I am not saying God wants us to live a monastic life, or go around dressed in a long robe carrying a 'The world is coming to an end' sign. But I think the Bible teaches we can live and serve the Lord in this world and enjoy the blessings God has given to us and STILL love the Lord with all our heart. We know and understand the blessings can come and go, (this world is not our permanent residence) we eagerly await our eternal union with the Lord.
God blessed many Old Testament saints with many of this world's goods and they did not stray in their affection for Him. Job, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, David, Solomon, just to name a few were greatly blessed by God, but they all acknowledged and worshiped the source of their blessings, not the blessings themselves. Lot on the other hand was equally blessed, but unfortunately, set his sights on Sodom where he could move and get rich from that society. We have read in Genesis what happened to him and his family for that choice, but God still saved him out of the disaster that befell Sodom.
In answer to your question, will a person go to hell because they listen to country music or any other type of music? No, the Bible doesn't teach that. In fact some Christian music is now not much different in sound than rock and roll or country. If you personally are convicted by the Holy Spirit that listening to music other than gospel is what God wants for you, then I suggest leave it out of your life. Paul told some believers in Corinth it was not a sin to eat meat offered to idols, but if the eating offended a weaker brother or sister, then it was better for them not to eat, lest they offend someone else in the Lord who saw them eat it.
I heard a preacher once say that it is probably not the best thing to listen to the world's music because it originates in the heart of a worldly person. But I believe the reason a person may choose to listen to a certain type of music may have different meanings for them. I am not to judge that. I for one prefer southern gospel music, but after a while of listening it seems to all sound the same. I personally am not a fan of the new contemporary style, it doesn't seem to have substance in my opinion. I don't like the 'seven/eleven' songs...seven words you sing eleven times.
In my quiet time, I often will listen to the old classical instrumental music selections...Bach, Beethoven, Mozart...etc. That music actually helps me to concentrate. Point being, Music is and always has been a personal choice. However, I do believe that the closer one walks with the Lord the more they will desire to embrace the type of music that will draw them into closer fellowship with Jesus.
The question I ask you is do you know you are saved? If so, then seek a close, daily fellowship with the Lord. As you do, the Holy Spirit will direct and inspire you in all aspects of worship, and you will be richly blessed.