The 3 Checks Wemix Uses To Filter Music
It is necessary for a citizen of the Kingdom of God to critique the songs he/she listens to. God has commanded us in Proverbs 4:23 to “Guard our hearts for out of it flow the issues of life.”
You have probably ever listened to a song or watched a music video and were not sure whether the song was Godly or ungodly.
At Wemix Entertainment, we use 3 checks to help us decide whether a song is okay for us to promote. You too can use some or all of these checks to help you assess the music you listen to.
The verse Philippians 4:8 is the first of the checks we use to critique a song. Every time we listen to a song, we ask the following questions:
- Is it true? (Real, genuine)
- Is it honest? (Beautiful, as an outward sign of the inward good, noble, of honorable character; good, worthy, and seen to be so.)
- Is it just? (Righteous, impartial)
- Is it pure? (Clean, unstained, either literally, ceremonially or spiritually; guiltless, innocent, upright.)
- Is it lovely? (Pleasing, acceptable, grateful)
- Is it of good report? (Worthy of commendation,)
- Does it have any virtue? (Goodness, a gracious act, virtue, uprightness)
- Is it worthy of praise?
The second check Wemix uses to analyze music is the Berean method. On Paul’s second missionary journey, he went to a place named Berea (Acts 17:11). The Bereans listened to Paul’s message eagerly and they studied the Scriptures daily to see if what Paul said was true.
When you listen to a song, search for Scriptures in the Bible that address the theme of that song. Never take an artist’s lyrics as absolute truth. An artist’s song is only good if it does not violate God’s Word.
The third check we use at Wemix Entertainment is Plato’s method. Plato was a prominent Greek philosopher who wrote a set of books called the Republic.
The question you must ask about a song you listen to is, “Who is telling the truth about the object or principle being presented?”
Let us imagine that you have listened to a song that glorifies alcohol. Whose opinion about alcohol would you trust? Is it the opinion of?
- The manufacturer of the alcohol.
- The artist who glorifies alcohol.
- An everyday individual who consumes alcohol or
- What the Word of God has to say about alcohol.
The best opinion to trust is what the Word of God has to say about alcohol.
Imagine a situation where you have listened to a song about romance. Whose opinion about romance would you trust? Is it the opinion of?
- The Creator of romance – God
- The artist who sings about romance
- An everyday individual who has experienced romance or
- What the Word of God has says about romance? (In this case, God is the creator of the subject (romance). Therefore, His word and His nature are the same)
The Word of God, the word of an individual who has experienced what is talked about, and the word of the manufacturer/creator of that object or theme should be trusted much more than the word of an artist.
Ironically, a lot of people act on the word of an artist because we as human beings are naturally lovers of beauty. Therefore, an artist who creates beautiful music can influence a lot of people.
The next time you listen to a song and you find difficulty in determining whether the song is Godly or ungodly:
- Get the lyrics of the song by searching for them on the Google search engine. For example, “Lyrics for The Outsiders by Lecrae“
- If the lyrics are not available online, listen to the song carefully and use one or all of the checks described above to critique the song.
Attempt to critique the video below using the checks described above:
Ride by Twenty One Pilots
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The Internet Classics Archive. (2009). Retrieved from The Internet Classics Archive Web site: http://classics.mit.edu/Plato/republic.11.x.html