A while back, I had a friend say something profound. (For me, this is quite common, because I’m blessed to be surrounded by people who seek God and gain wise insight and revelation from Him often). She said, “Nothing is secular except sin.”
Nothing is secular except sin.
Denoting attitudes, activities, or other things that have no religious or spiritual basis: “secular buildings”.
Trees are not secular. They are made to worship God. Buildings are not secular. Their structure, shape, color, texture, and interior are made to be beautiful in order that people see God’s creativity and design. Music is not secular. The rhythms, beats, sounds, and lyrics are made to glorify God.
None of these things are secular…unless it is sin.
Psalm 150 is a praise Psalm, encouraging people to worship God through music – with cymbals, trumpets, tambourines, with dancing and loud sounds and pipes and strings. The last verse reads:
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord! Praise the Lord! – Psalm 150:6
Not only everything that has breath, but also everyTHING was made for God. Everything was made for God and by God.
All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. John 1:3
This means that we cannot pick a certain object or a person and say that it was not made by God or cannot be used for the purpose of worship.
For most people reading this blog, this example probably won’t be a point of discussion, but let’s use hip hop as an example. In American culture, hip hop is typically associated with lyrics which include sinful sex, sinful drinking, sinful smoking, ect. However, we cannot use this excuse to say that hip hop does not or cannot be a tool that we use to worship God. Here’s why.
My friends in South Africa created a Christian hip hop band. They reach out to people in South Africa through performing at both mainstream and Christian concerts. This way, they can reach more people – Believers and unbelievers – with the Gospel. This is definitely God’s heart – that EVERYONE hear the Gospel.
The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9
Therefore, my friends in this hip hop band are doing the will of God. They are spreading the Gospel in a RELEVANT way by using the things the culture is immersed in to promote the Gospel. Brilliant! Check out this article about how they are representing Christ in South Africa in the hip hop music industry.
My point is this: not to embrace everything as Godly, but to have a discerning mind to know what is sin and what is not. May we know what is Godly and what is not. May we be wise and test the Spirits to see if they are from God or from the antichrist.
Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already. – 1 John 4:1-3
Not everything is secular. Not everything is Godly. There is a balance.
Give us wisdom to know what is from You and what is not from You. Give us understanding and revelation that You created all things and one day every thing and every one will worship You; because You are God and You are worthy and You win. Amen.