Can I pursue a career singing pop music?

Question:

Can I pursue a singing career in pop music? I have an opportunity to get myself out there, but I would like to know if it is OK to pursue a career in entertainment because I don't want to loose my soul. Please, I would love a answer. I'm very conflicted at the moment.


Answer:

The first thing to consider is what you will be singing. The importance of music is not the melody, but the words. The melody invokes moods or emotions, but those are nothing without words to tell the story. That is why in speaking about music for Christian worship Paul said, "speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord" (Ephesians 5:19). The style of music is never mentioned, but what the music says is very important. Thus, can you choose your own music and not feel pressured to sing songs with lyrics that are inappropriate for a Christian?

The second thing to consider is that the entertainment field is driven by popularity and popularity is a fickle beast. People literally will do anything to maintain or increase their popularity since that impacts their income. This is why too many entertainers will sexualize their acts with inappropriate dress and movements. Sexual themes tend to be more popular with worldly audiences. Therefore, you have to ask yourself whether you stay faithful to the Lord and not compromise your dress and behavior just to be come more popular.

The third thing to consider is that entertainers have to travel, so it is going to be difficult to find a church to worship with. There are going to be times when you feel too tired to go to worship. You'll tell yourself that it won't matter because no one knows you are there anyway. Then there will be the problem where the venue you want to use will insist that you give performances during the times of worship service and Bible study. Without constant encouragement from brethren, we all have a tendency to slip. Thus, you need to examine yourself and your commitment to the Lord. Can you turn down opportunities because God comes first in your life?

Thank you so much brother. I really appreciate it. I'm going to focus on the Lord and live my life according to his will. I'm going to turn down my opportunity and live a quiet life praising the Lord. Thank you so much and God bless you!