Do remembering hearing “I Can Only Imagine” from MercyMe for the first time? It was one of those ground breaking worship songs that all church goers were singing.
It had all the elements of a memorable song:
- it made you think
- it could wash over you like a wave on the shore
- it humbled you and elevated God
- what you “imagined” evolved as you grew closer to Christ
MercyMe has done it again, but with an entire album this time!
Welcome to the New is hands-down my favorite album, possibly of all time, which is saying a lot. Every single song on here not only has a catchy tune and memorable lyrics, but these songs are Biblical!
You may not realize that many of the songs on popular Christian radio do not parallel what the Bible teaches. In fact, some songs teach the opposite of Biblical principles. Why is this important?
Songs permeate your being.
Music is incredibly powerful, probably more than we realize, and those lyrics we sing out are doing more than moving sound waves, they are changing the way we think.
In the Bible, there is something called: Renewing your mind.
Simply put: whatever ideas you put in your head, overtime, will become the way you think. Buddha had a saying that demonstrated this idea: “What you think, you become.”
Romans 12:2 says- Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Songs that are marauding as “Christian” can be harmful. They can get you to believe something that is wrong about yourself, about God, and can even interfere with you knowing God’s will without you even realizing it.
This is going to sound freaky, but it is basically brainwashing.
Yeah, I know, freaky.
You are brainwashing yourself when you sing song lyrics over and over again. Brainwashing, simply put, is:
Singing the same song repetitiously will program you to believe the lyrics of the song. It changes the neural pathways in your brain to flow a specific way (it has to do with neural plasticity and other doctory words like that).
So, lets make sure we are singing songs that support the word of God and the finished work of the cross.
Now that I have you thoroughly freaked out, take heart! Here is a good brainwashing strategy: MercyMe + Scripture = The Mind of Christ (well, sort of)!
The Bible says Christians have “the mind of Christ” in 1 Corinthians 2:16. It is important to take that to heart and ask God what that means for you.
- God may want you to stop listening to non-Christian music (for a short time or permanently)
- He may want you to thoroughly research your favorite Christian songs to see if they parallel His word
- Maybe you are supposed to stop listening to music altogether and every time you want to hear a song, you talk to God instead
Everyone is different and God knows you intimately, He knows what is best for you. Take your music habits to God and ask Him what He wants you to do, He’ll answer you. “When you seek Me with all your heart, you will find Me.” (Jeremiah 29:13)
In the meantime, check out MercyMe’s latest album on amazon: Welcome to the New!