Isn't this what we say when we're listening to a song with questionable lyrics but we want to justify why it has our attention? We know it's not worth listening to. We know it's not pleasing to God. We know there are lines and lyrics that go against what God is for. But we can't help it because... we like the beat. We like the beat yet the lyrics are separating us.
"Oh but Victoria, it's just music," you say. It's just music, yes. But what we listen to is very important. We feed our minds with things that don't reflect His heart and desires for us. We digest it and allow certain things to take place in our lives. And please know, it's not just the music. We often make excuses for the majority of our bad habits. Whether it's overeating, sex, cigarettes, profanity, drunkenness, etc. We tell ourselves it's not that bad because we have control over it when in actuality, the best control is self-control. This fruit of the Spirit indicates someone who exercises self-discipline when it comes to being obedient to God.
Listen, this isn't to beat you up or cause guilt at all. It's to open your mind and change your thought process. How easy it is to make excuses for our ways of living and decisions, thinking "God knows my heart" or "those things don't define my relationship with God." That may be, but as Christians we are to grow, and evolve, imitating Christ in every way. We're to die to self as we live for Him, allowing Him to make us anew. Yet we go about our daily lives acting as if we're still the old creation. We profess with our mouths that Jesus is Lord, yet we sing along to provocative or profanity-laced lyrics because we like the beat. Yet His Word says, Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. James 3:10 NIV Some of us pray and prophesy the good things that are taking place, yet we don't align our actions with our prayers. We worship until we're out of breath, yet we harbor bitterness and malice towards those who have wronged us. We dance like David in the aisles of the church, yet we party like rock-stars on the weekend. All because we like the beat.
It's as if every time a decision is made to stray, we have a justification on why we're doing it. When I hear it, it's like I loudly hear the person saying, "I like the beat."
"But the sex feels good. The cigarette calms me down." I like the beat.
"I only said it because I was angry. I don’t always get drunk." I like the beat.
"There’s no scripture about masturbation. God knows my heart." I like the beat.
I love what Paul says in Corinthians. “I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but I will not be mastered by anything. 1 Corinthians 6:12 NIV. Paul believes firmly in this because he later repeats it in chapter 10. “I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but not everything is constructive. 1 Corinthians 10:23 NIV Not everything is beneficial. That's what we need to remember. If it doesn't benefit us, it serves no purpose. If it goes against God and His Word, it should be eliminated from our lives.
You like the beat, but what are the lyrics doing in your life? What seeds are you planting in your own heart, soul, and mind? What are your actions revealing about you? What do your public displays say about you? Do they line up with your private prayers? You like the beat, but how does God feel about the lyrics?