Music has never been more portable than it is today. Hundreds, even thousands of songs can be carried along in devices the size of a pack of gum and even smaller. Unfortunately, all of the songs that can be carried along for the ride aren’t songs that are worth the bits, bytes and gigs that they chew up.
Now no one can deny that decency and high moral standards aren’t exactly the two biggest priorities the music industry worries about. They sow whatever reaps the money. But naming that tune is a must for any parent today who cares about the standards that are presented to his or her child.
All Christians in general, whatever the age, must be careful with what we allow to be repeated over and over in our ears no matter how good the beat sounds, but Christian parents with children who carry around personal jukeboxes in their pocket must pay special attention to what the little ears are listening to with those buds. Because in an age when we listen to music that can be kept on the down-low by simply choosing the songs by private download over the Internet, a parent must take the initiative and be proactive when it comes to being aware of what the music “artist” is painting in our child’s mind.
Believe it or not, in May of 1965 the FBI investigated the lyrics of “Louie, Louie” after suspicions arose concerning possible “dirty lyrics.” Do you know why the FBI labs investigated the song? Because parents complained! That’s amazing when you think about the lyrics that today’s songs contain and how so many parents buy their children songs with lyrics that “could make a sailor blush” without thinking twice. The key phrase there is without thinking.
At the end of the day we must be willing to ask ourselves, “What kind of seeds are we allowing the iPod, iPhone and the MP3 to plant in the little ears of our offspring?” Because letting it go in one ear and out the other doesn’t mean our responsibilities are going away. That’s why as parents we must be prepared to listen to our children, but we must also be prepared to listen to what our children listen to! EA
“And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.” (Deuteronomy 6:6-9)