Religion is something one believes in and follows devotedly; a point or matter of ethics or conscience, according to Dictionary.com. It is a set of beliefs that base one’s outlook on life, lifestyle, character and actions.
Some take religion seriously, while others take it as a joke. Lately, it has been seen as hypocrisy, fake and unreal, and music is to blame for some of it. Music is an outlet for problems that people encounter in their lives; whether one is dealing with anger, depression or hurt feelings. Believe it or not, music contributes to the view of religion being hypocritical.
Despite the immoral lyrics in some songs, it isn’t hard to spot a car with a religious license plate blasting vulgar rap music, someone wearing a cross around their neck listening to corrupt music, or seeing a church member listening to indecent music right after leaving church grounds.
In some cases, it is alright to listen to music that doesn’t agree with your religion. We may prefer to listen to some indecent music, but the problem appears when we act out what we listen to. Behaving how an artist would can possibly hurt us, and we shouldn’t mold our personalities in the image of the artist.
You may be thinking about what Jamaican artist Bob Marley said, “one thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.” For many religious people, music may not inflict physical pain, but perhaps it could inflict spiritual discomfort.
Take for example, a song by Script, called “Breakeven.” The lyrics include, “Just prayed to a God that I don’t believe in.” Another example would be rapper Jay-Z’s song “Empire State of Mind,” saying “And Jesus can’t save you, life starts when the church ends.”
If you can say this out loud and not think twice about it then your religious views need to be checked.
Many rappers are known for selling their souls to the devil to become famous. Some believe the devil was the music director during his time in heaven, but after he was sent down to hell, he started to use music against God. Famous artist Kanye West can be seen as one of the devil’s “workers.” I know, many say his music is good and enjoy listening to his works. I am a fan of Kanye West, but I don’t favor his ways, and I definitely don’t suggest attempting to live his lifestyle.
On youtube.com, you can watch as Kanye West raps that he sold his soul to the devil while free styling, “I sold my soul to the devil. I know it’s a crappy deal. At least it came with a few toys like a happy meal.” Again, I am a fan of Kanye, but I don’t believe his lyrics should be taken to heart.
We can listen to music as an outlet and still follow our religion, but we should watch that we do not act out what we hear. It only leads us astray from our true religious beliefs.
Teen Board Member Myson Jones is senior at Aiken High School