Two Sins Or One
As Dr. Bob Jones, Sr. said, “It is never right to do wrong.” At the same time, it is possible to sin two times at once.
In this area of listening to music, some Christians definitely believe that the final standard of right and wrong is whether or not they like a certain song, a certain group, etc. They don’t believe they need to follow the guidelines of the pastor or their parents, and they don’t believe they need to prove “what is acceptable unto the Lord” (Ephesians 5:10).
“When these people listen to inappropriate music, they actually sin twice.”
When these people listen to inappropriate music, they actually sin twice. First, they are committing the sin of listening to music that displeases God. Second, they are being rebellious by ignoring the guidance of the authorities God has placed in their lives.In many cases, this sin goes on year after year. When they have children, they continue to listen to the same inappropriate music (even though there is sometimes an attempt to hide this practice from people who would think ill of them).
In this situation, we now have a group of children who listen to inappropriate music by listening to their parents’ favorite music. They may have memories of being held in mom’s lap while inappropriate music was played in the background. They may have memories of going to the store while their parents listened to inappropriate music in their car.
This situation makes it increasingly difficult for the child to discern right from wrong. It’s often difficult for children to deem wrong what their parents have deemed right. In this way, parents are helping their children to lose their blush (Jeremiah 6:15, 8:12).
In this analysis, the parents sinned twice when they listened to inappropriate music; but their children have only sinned once because they have not added the sin of rebellion to the sin of making a wrong choice. At the same time, the parents may have some notion that their choices have been rooted in rebellion, while the children have been conditioned to believe that wrong is right.
May the Lord give us wisdom as we deal with our children on these issues.