#ThinkingTuesday – Change your thinking; Change your life.
This is the second part of the new #ThinkingTuesday series: The Educated Fools.
Once again, An educated fool is a person that is filled with knowledge but is lacking in “common sense” — Urban Dictionary.
When we know something is not good for us but inadvertently choose to continue in it, we become educated fools, by continuing in our sin, we have chosen the harbinger of our death. (Romans 6:23)
As we noted last week, this series is not to condemn or argue about why this or that wrong or not – as christians we should have already come to the conclusion that anything which doesn’t glorify God should not be allowed to be a part of our lives which is why once you are born again, you put off the old person and are made a new creation. If you have truly done this, there’s no need to punch holes in your life that will allow the old to dirty the new. This series simply aims to get people thinking especially if they are continuing down a path they know is wrong. Today, the educated fool we’ll be addressing is the deaf eared delinquent.
Dear deaf eared delinquent,
You can no longer continue to be an educated fool, God is calling you to a higher level and you need to listen to Him. If God is going to lead you somewhere, how will you go if you can’t hear him? If God is calling you unto sanctification and holiness then you can’t afford to be deaf to His instructions and delinquent in your ways!
The Deaf Eared Delinquent
A delinquent is a young person that is lawless and tends to commit crimes – an offender or law breaker. The deaf eared delinquent is a person who is deaf to God’s voice because what he hears feeds his flesh instead of his spirit and as a result he/she becomes delinquent in the ways of God. If you sense that the things you watch or listen to causes you to stray from God or you feel uneasy or guilty whenever you listen to or watch certain things, then this address is for you.
All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful; all things are lawful for me, but not all things edify.
— 1 Corinthians 10:23 (NKJV)
1 Corinthians 6:12 adds “but I will not be brought under the power of any.”
While it is lawful to do certain things, not all things are beneficial for us as christians and we must be careful of what we allow to enslave us. Man is of three dimensions, spirit, soul and body. Anything that allows man to glorify the dimension of the flesh over the other two dimensions (soul and spirit) should be gotten rid of. A secular lifestyle weakens a person from the inside out, it weakens the soul and spirit and gives control to the flesh. Sanctified believers ready for the rapture should nurture their spirit and soul with something that is inspired by the Holy Spirit. The believer who gives himself to secularity is polluting his entire spirit and soul. The body does not profit anything and will eventually perish therefore, it is the spirit and soul one must nurture with something from the Lord. More importantly, whatever you release to your spirit and soul will reflect on your body — it can bring either healing or sickness, particularly with music. Secular music will often be found at the root of a secular lifestyle because media is the new heart of the 21st century.
If you are struggling to determine whether or not you can listen to a particular type of music, please search #ASOSM or #AmSegulahOnSecularMusic on twitter and read the tweets, you’ll be glad you did.
Reverend Debo Adeyemo also mentions a few things I found really key on the issue of secular music, He says:
I have heard some musicians confess that before they release records out for the public consumption, they always dedicate it. To whom do you think the music is dedicated? Certainly to the devil. Why must you corrupt your life with music that is not divinely inspired? It has not source or root from heaven. God’s name is not honored in secular music. The flesh is glorified. The devil is exalted. Ideas of man are being declared. You should not be a link to the devil. If you have so linked yourself through listening to secular music having accepted Christ as your Lord and Saviour, you can renounce and refuse to listen to secular music again. Ask God for the grace to do without it. You have alternatives. God’s spirit cannot strive with any other spirit. The messages in secular music can carry with them certain demons. This is not supposed to be your portion. Why must you use your money to bring in a spirit that will destroy you?
If you think that researching song dedications is way too much work, there are other things to consider such as the lyrics of the song: google the lyrics and read them first rather than actually listening to the song to hear the lyrics.
Philippians 4:8 is an excellent guide for musical lyrics:
Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.
— Philippians 4:8
Reverend Debo Adeyemo continues,
I saw an VH-1 interview with a well known group of aging rappers who are now out on tour again — they showed how they “prayed” together before their performance, yet the message they are bringing is vile and profane and lifts up evil. So, who then are they “praying to?” And by what spirit are they receiving their power? Again, discernment and wisdom.
This actually hit me, many artists say a prayer to “God” before they come out on stage to sing songs that don’t glorify Him in any way. The irony in this is so astounding!
However, being a deaf eared delinquent extends so much further than listening to secular music in our homes or on the way to work or school. We pay money to attend secular concerts, and follow secular accounts on social media. All this secularity has got to go from our lives.
Dear ladies, even makeup can contribute to a secular lifestyle if it becomes a crutch in your life. You’ll be missing the word of God every minute you spend in the bathroom during church service to touch up your makeup out of fear you’ll look ugly during worship or that boy won’t rate you anymore if he sees you without makeup. That is being deaf eared and displaying delinquent behaviour! Doing makeup and dressing up on sundays makes you late to church but you continue so you can enter “fashionably late” sister stop! you’re being deaf eared, God doesn’t care about your makeup. It is lawful for you but it is not edifying! You won’t come out to receive anointing oil on your head under the guise of “it will ruin my hair & makeup!”, you’re missing out on God’s word for you because of your desire to fit in, that’s secularity!
The secular lifestyle is for those who enter the wide gate, the bible encourages us instead to enter by the narrow gate.
Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.
— Matthew 7:13-14 (NKJV)
If the gate is narrow and we want to go in, how can we pass through if we are carrying the vanity of the world along? The lifestyle of this world is full of vanity so we have to let secular things go, let all the baggage of the world go if you want to pass through the narrow gate. Luke 13:24 says that many will strive to enter through the narrow gate and will be unable to. I tell you, the reason they are unable to is because they did not come to God while they were on earth and allow Him to remove all the baggage they were carrying.
We often tolerate little secular behaviour but we are always big on asking about secular music. Although music is at the root of most of these things, we fail to realise that it’s about more than just music! Anything that endorses a secular lifestyle will make you deaf eared to God and delinquent in your ways — be it secular websites, secular artistes, secular movies or secular TV shows, it’s all got to go.
If we stop listening secular music but keeping watching secular films and TV shows, won’t we end up listening to the secular soundtracks in these shows? More importantly, we need to stop idolising celebrities! We endorse their films and TV shows with sex scenes and violent/sinful behavior but denounce the same sinful behaviour on our social media pages and back it up with verses from the bible! Don’t let pride fool you into thinking you are strong enough to watch these shows or TV series constantly without any spiritual consequences — you may find that you are unable to pray for long hours or speak in tongues if you continue in secular activities.
Don’t you find it particularly interesting that homosexuality has now been ingrained into nearly every TV show or movie being released these days. How do you endorse such shows and then come on twitter to spit hate at those demanding gay rights?
The world is tired of christians who are hypocrites. It is time to use our discernment to separate the chaff from the wheat and abandon all the things that don’t make the cut. God is calling us to come deeper into our relationship with Him. We have to let go of everything that promotes a secular lifestyle and consecrate ourselves unto God for Him to use us. Most importantly, let’s make sure all we do is to the glory of God.
Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
— 1 Corinthians 10:31.
Let’s search our laptops, hard drives and social media accounts, with the aim to get rid of anything we’ve got that promotes a secular or worldly lifestyle but most importantly let’s search our hearts and ask God for the grace to abandon anything that doesn’t glorify Him so that we will no longer be deaf to His instructions and delinquent in our ways.