Feminise the Culture with Music – Ian Hodge

In the last installment, I highlighted the feminization of culture with hymns. This time, I want to look at music.

If you're life is similar to mine, then we've both spent an awful amount of time trying to make up for a bad education. Public schooling was my background. It was not good. Here's why. Being hostile to Christianity, public school secular education left out anything that might point to God.  That, says St. Paul in Romans chapter one, is most of the creation.

Now it is through the arts that the secularization and feminization of culture has received one of its strongest influences. I was never taught this at school, though. Based on faulty philosophy and faulty conclusions, education began the "dumbing down" process which continues today.

Consider this:

"Every melody, every rhythm, and every instrument has its own peculiar effect on the moral nature of man and of the state.  Good music promotes the well-being of the res publica while bad music destroys it; therefore good and useful music is closely bound to and determined by the norms of moral conduct.  This is emphasized by the same word, nomos, for correct musical 'harmony' and logic, and for the moral, social, and political laws of the state." (Paul Henry Lang, Music in Western Civilization" p. 13).

Did you get that?  The same word, nomos, which is the New Testament (Greek) word for "law" is used to describe the correct rules of harmony and logic.

I don't know about you, but I was never taught this at school. Nor was I taught it in my church. Nor have I ever read this in any Christian book about music.

But the fact is this, music is a language that allows us to express ideas just as much as if we express ideas with words.  Words, after all, are sounds.  Music is sounds.  It is sounds that communicate to us, and sounds are what we use to communicate to others.  Singing, as my old singing teacher used to say, is merely "speaking" on pitch.

Sounds usually accompany our actions so there is a total communication at the time. The selection of the right sounds — verbal or musical — at the right time is important.

But since our music education has failed so miserably, we no longer think about the use of music to express our thoughts and emotions.  We listen to music, we use music, but we don't get the connection — or if we do, we ignore it.

Only the movie musicians today understand the connection.  They get it right almost every time. That's why you will never hear the music of J.S. Bach when the visual scene is a disco with semi-naked female bodies in full motion. The actions and the music don't go together.  They are a mis-fit. Neither are you likely hear the music of nineteenth century romanticism (e.g. music of Frederick Chopin) when the visual scene is a disco. They just don't belong together.

But somehow we are willing to allow the music that does fit the disco and those writhing female bodies into our churches under the silly notion that being "contemporary" is the way to attract people to the faith.

The trouble is, our verbal message and our music don't tell the same story.  Add to this, the over-use of romanticized hymns and spiritual songs, and it is not hard to see why Christian culture is failing. It is failing at the the most critical point: in the church.

According to the Greeks, so Lang observes, "the will can be decisively influenced by music in three ways. It can spur to action; it can lead to the strengthening of the whole being, just as it can undermine mental balance; and finally, it is capable of suspending entirely the normal will power, so as to render the doer unconscious of this acts" (p. 14). Is that why we see provocatively moving female bodies at the front of the church? The music has rendered them — and the church leaders — unconscious of what is going on?  Hard to believe, isn't it?

If music is this powerful — and it is — then isn't it time we changed the music in our church?

Please make note of this statement: I am not here trying to say that all contemporary music is wrong.  I am merely saying that in most cases, the words and the music don't belong together.  We can often have good lyrics with bad music, or good music that doesn't "fit" with the lyrics.

Christian culture of the past was not possible without having something to say about the music. Christian culture will not be restored without the reconstruction of a Biblical view of art and music that speaks the language of Scripture.

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