Is all secular music improper? Are all so called gospel music really gospel? First of all, what are secular music and a gospel music? A secular music is a non religious music. This includes birthday songs, national anthems, wedding songs, and other occasional song. There are also some secular songs that are profane, that is, blasphemous and disrespectful both to God and mankind. In a nut shell, not all secular songs are profane but all profane songs are secular. Then the choice of listening to and singing will depend on the lyrics.
Philippians 4:8 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.
However, much of secular music does not meet the standard. Most Secular music often promotes immorality and violence while belittling purity and integrity.If we should be thinking about such things, surely those are the things we should invite into our minds through music and lyrics. Well like I said earlier, secular is a broad scope which include wedding, birthday song and national anthem and the likes which may satisfy the mind of the scripture above.
The fact that a song has Jesus does not make it gospel. Philippians 4:6 can also be a guide to know if a so called gospel song is really gospel. A gospel song is a song thatreveals the essence of the finished work of Christ on the cross. Such songs edify, minister hope, strengthen our faith and make us glorify God even better. The revelation knowledge of such songs should be done on the singer.
A lot of folks think classical songs are the type of songs that reaches the heart of God. Some think Songs with 4/4 or 8/8 ballad tempo are the true songs. The truth is that many that say such are musically illiterate. Sorry if I am coming like that, but that is the truth. There is nothing inherently wrong with any particular style of music. The choice of a musical genre, a person likes should be personal. Talented Christian musicians work in nearly every musical genre, ranging from classical to rock, rap, and reggae. It is the lyrics that determine whether a song is “acceptable” for a Christian to listen to and even sing. If anything leads you to think about or get involved in something that is disrespectful or profane or even does not glorify God, it should be avoided.