I love music. Country. Pop. Bluegrass. Christian. Jazz. Classical. It’s a pretty eclectic group of favorites. But since having children, Christian music prevails as the genre of choice to be playing around the house and in the car. This happens for numerous reasons. Don’t get me wrong. We are not “against” non-Christian music. We have plenty of family jam sessions with some mainstream music. But when it comes down to it, we want our kids to be learning powerful lessons by the music they listen to. Here are some reasons why Christian music ultimately ends up being the best choice for our family.
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom and as you sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs with gratitude in your heart to God.” Colossians 3:16
1. It’s kid-friendly.
When I have Christian music playing I never have to worry about what my kids hear. I know I don’t have to stress about foul language or the message of the music, because it will always be God-honoring.
Now, do I have to worry about some difficult theological questions? YES, but we love this! We have had so many great conversations about the trinity, the Gospel, Christ’s death, and salvation — all because of one line of a song we were listening to.
Beyond that, kids love music. They sing along and get the songs stuck in their heads too. (And I think we could all use a break from “Let It Go” and hear more “Bless the Lord, oh my soul” on a daily basis! Amen?!)
2. The whole family can enjoy it.
Whether you have babies, preschoolers, or teenagers, there are music styles for everyone.
Maybe you have a teenager that enjoys harder rock music. Have them check out Skillet.
When you have little kids, you don’t always have to be listening to Raffi or “If You’re Happy and You Know it.” My kids actually prefer modern worship songs over what you would call “kids songs”. I call that a win-win-win.
3. It brings scriptures to mind.
Listening to Christian music usually brings specific verses to my mind as I listen to it. Even better is when the lyrics are direct verses from the Bible. Seeds Family Worship has helped me personally to memorize Scripture. I can remember things put to song, so much easier than plain, rote memory. My kids love the Seeds music too. I can never complain when God’s word is being played throughout our house.
4. You can connect easily with the Lord.
Let’s face it. My days are busy. Between entertaining my three kids, cooking meals, running errands, bath time, bed time, and working from home… I am busy. Sometimes it’s hard to have consistent time with God. But having Christian music play in the background of my day gives me a way to connect with the Lord throughout the day.
Being surrounded by positive music and scripture that keeps my mind on the Lord not only helps me maintain perspective throughout the day. It also keeps me focused on serving God — even in the little things, such as changing dirty diapers and carpool. No matter how hectic my day is or whatever kind of mood I am in, God is in control and He deserves my best.
5. It can impact others.
God can use little things in big ways. Think of all the times people can overhear Christian music playing: when you host someone at your home, while you drive kids home from school, when you have a party. The opportunities of someone to hear the encouraging music playing from your speakers could make a difference in their life.
My daughter is like a walking Christian radio station whenever we go somewhere. I absolutely love to hear my daughter singing Rend Collective’s: “My lighthouse. My Lighthouse / Shining in the darkness / I will follow you / Safe to shore!” as we walk through the aisles of the grocery. The first few times she did this, I found myself feeling embarrassed. Then I took a step back and realized what words she was sharing with others…and without shame.
I am thankful for God’s gift of music, and how He has used it to provide peace and (sometimes) calmness in our home. Whenever you think about simple ways to impact your children and family, think about putting on some Christian music to encourage them and keep everyone focused on the Lord.