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Don’t just come and write nonsense here. Hey guys it’s Fumnanya. If you are new here welcome,
if you are not welcome back. Either way you are welcome! This is a topic that’s been on
my mind recently and it kind of started when I got a certain comment on my YouTube channel.
Someone was asking about secular music. What do I listen to? What do I not listen to? What
am I allowed to listen to? She kind of seemed like maybe she had looked in the Bible and
she really hadn’t seen anything specific. So I started thinking about all these little
rules that we have in our faith as Christians and what’s the place for them? What about
situations or instances in which there are no rules? What about specific situations in
which there’s nothing in the Bible that seems to directly address what you’re grappling
with? And what do you do? This is something that’s very near and dear
to my heart because it is something that’s been so central to my faith journey personally.
My parents have been Christians since they were I think high school, very young. So they
raised us in a very Christian home, we went to church every Sunday and all of my social
interactions in high school on middle school were in the church. Because my parents were
very strict, a lot of my socializing was just done within my church group my youth group.
Basically it put me in a position where I felt very comfortable with my religion and
I had my rules, my little Christian checklist of things that you don’t do and I stuck to
them. So for that reason I felt like you know I’m good, I’m a Christian, whatever. I’m living
my life like a Christian, I’m doing all the Christian things, I’m not doing all the unchristian
things. So yeah I just felt like I was on the mark when it came to my faith journey.
I remember in college I would come home and my mom would say are you going to Church,
basic questions and she would say do you have a relationship with Christ, do you have a
relationship with God? I was always like yes mom, I accepted Christ into my heart as my
Lord and Savior, got baptized you were there. It kind of felt kind of annoying but she kept
asking me this and I didn’t really get what she was asking. Fast forward to my senior
year something very significant happened in my life with my family and it was really really
difficult for me. Maybe I will talk about that in detail 1 day on my channel. But basically
I’ll just say that it was something that really shook the foundation of like my whole world.
I was in school at the time and I felt like I was juggling a lot of things and on my best
days I felt like I’m just going to lose my mind and that’s going to be it. And on my
worst days I wanted to go to sleep and just not wake up, that’s how bad it was. In that
experience I think I kind of turned to my faith because I was in a position where I
was just I don’t see a way out of this, I don’t see it’s getting better, I don’t even
see how to get through the next hour, talk less of the next day. I ran to my faith. This
was after a period of just kind of doing the religion thing but also kind of doing my own
thing in a lot of ways. It was in that period of experiencing the ways in which God was
able to sustain me and keep me. As soon as I hit a wall as soon as I hit a wall, as soon
as I hit a limit, His faithfulness just took over. It was like that passage in Job where
He says I’d heard about you but now I see you. It was just like I’d heard all these
great things about God and who He is, I’d heard that He was faithful, I’d heard that
He was good, I heard that He was gracious, I’d heard that He was merciful, I heard that
He was kind, I heard that He was strong. I’d heard all these things in my life growing
up in the church, but for the first time in my life I was experiencing God for who He
is and it was life-altering for me. That doesn’t mean that overnight I changed and I became
this saint, on fire for God, everything in place. That’s not what it means, it just
means that for the first time in my life I understood what my mom was asking me all those
years. I understood why she was asking me if I was in relationship with God. Christianity
is a lifestyle rooted in relationship, Christianity should permeate every part of who you are
and what you do. To come back to the question, things like music what do you do in that situation?
As Christian’s we’ve been set free from the law. So all things are lawful but not all
things are expedient which means that not all things edify. I do think that we are to
be in pursuit of things that edify. So I don’t think it’s a sin to listen to secular music,
but I think that you should be intentional about what you’re listening to, why you’re
listening to it. I think it’s more profitable to sort of think of it in terms of is there
a better way that I could use this time? Is there something more edifying that I could
be listening to? And if that’s the case then I think that you should kind of veer to that
side of it. When I’m driving I like to drive and kind of zone out and think. When I would
drive a lot of times I used to just play whatever top 50 charts, whatever billboard, just anything
on Spotify that seemed to be popping at the time. I stopped doing that. I started using
my time driving to listen to audible books. Right now I’m listening to crash the chatter
box by Steven Verdict. I listened to the wait recently. I also use it to listen to podcasts
that are really edifying and spiritually uplifting. I use it to listen to messages on Spotify.
Those are just some examples of like more edifying ways to use your time. If I’m listening
to top 50s all the time and I feel like I’m more prone to get into ruts of frustration,
to feel irritable, to feel easily influenced by the circumstances around me. But when I
am intentional about that time and I use it to fill myself with things that are again
edifying I find that that’s not the case. What I would say to anyone who finds themselves
in that situation is just yes are there a lot of things that are gray as far as Christianity
goes? Definitely. But I think that through relationship you begin to understand what
God’s heart is for you in various situations, what the character of God is and what that
means, how you can apply that to different areas of your life. Obviously I’m not saying
that we throw away all the things that we’ve been asked to do and the ways that we’ve been
asked to live. The scripture definitely don’t cast that aside. Those things should be the
products of your faith, the products of your relationship. But I’m talking about those
areas where we don’t have a specific instruction that’s where relationships sort of fills the
gap and that’s where kind of understanding again God’s heart, God’s character can bring
clarity to situations in which you may not have otherwise had it.
I just wanted to share that really quickly because I feel like it’s important, it’s been
on my mind recently and so I just wanted to come on and let you guys know. So let me know
what your spots are down below. Is there a situation in which you feel you’re not clear,
you have questions about what I said? Let me know that. Thank you so much for watching.
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