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as Christians, and musicians how do you give your music to God?  especially, but not limited to, playing secular music. 

 

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It all depends on where your heart is. heart If your heart is only into impressing God, then you're not really giving your music to Him. You'd be too focused on what you're doing. But rather, if your heart is focused on pleasing God, then you can totally give your music to Him and then you'd be focused on what God is doing through you.

I don't know; it's kind of hard to explain. For me, I just play to play. I choose songs that I really enjoy and then I play to the best of my ability and just enjoy the music.

In pertaining to your question about secular music, I saw a video once of a preacher doing a musical sermon on love songs and how they can be for God no matter who wrote or sang them. It was really cool. I'll see if I can find the link. It's the same thing with playing an instrument. In my humble opinion anyway.

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Share your music to people around you. That is secular music. I don't give anything to God but respect. I just share what I have to people on earth. Then hopefully God will respect me and give me wings that are not n fire 😉

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Perspective, really. All the answers here are good ones.

 

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Don't get sidetracked and turn this into a religion argument 😉

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I find your remark to be a bit astounding.  I often stop and look at my hands on the violin to be sure I'm the one in control.  I do have some Gypsy violin heritage from Hungary and wonder if someone is "borrowing" my violin ?

What catches my attention is that my visitors play much better than I do which doesn't seem fair !

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@GennaLea, if this was facebook i would "like" your comments. 😛

 

i get what yall are talking about, being in sort of a trance state while playing. 

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GennaLea said:

It all depends on where your heart is. heart If your heart is only into impressing God, then you're not really giving your music to Him. You'd be too focused on what you're doing. But rather, if your heart is focused on pleasing God, then you can totally give your music to Him and then you'd be focused on what God is doing through you.

I don't know; it's kind of hard to explain. For me, I just play to play. I choose songs that I really enjoy and then I play to the best of my ability and just enjoy the music.

In pertaining to your question about secular music, I saw a video once of a preacher doing a musical sermon on love songs and how they can be for God no matter who wrote or sang them. It was really cool. I'll see if I can find the link. It's the same thing with playing an instrument. In my humble opinion anyway.

 

I love how you said that, Genna. 🙂

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Thanks Mustang. Just my two cents worth. Do you have an opinion on the question?

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When you are playing, like GennaLee said it's what's in your heart that counts. Are you playing for Gods pleasure or yours. As far as playing secular music it's no different than singing. When you sing you are using an instrument that God gave you, your voice, you use it to sing praise songs and also secular songs. There are great song writers out there that have written incredible songs secular and non secular. With the violin you are just doing it with your fingers. There are so many different genres out there that you can play with the violin. Each of these can add to your strength in playing to God. When you play just remember who you are playing for is it for God or is it for you. And sometimes it's ok to play for you too. Just thank God for the gift.

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Great insight Paul. 

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I do not play secular music.  Jesus said to love God with our "all".  

 

On Sunday mornings (I work nights so Thursday night service is out of the question), I play and ad lib some playing in between verses and such.  At the end of the song, I just play whatever fits the key of the music and just keep playing.

One day, we did Michael W. Smith's "Breathe".  I just "fiddled" and ended up playing at 10-minute solo!  

 

What matters most to me is pleasing God rather than man.  

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kujo313 said:

.......One day, we did Michael W. Smith's "Breathe".  I just "fiddled" and ended up playing at 10-minute solo!.......

Sounds like fun!exactly

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but the one who needs the least."

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so you dont play any secular music at all?

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Nope.  Giving God my "all".  (re: first Greatest Commandment Jesus taught)

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I reckon god has to like twinkle twinkle, everyone likes twinkle twinkle right? Well maybe not the way I play it coffee2

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Kujo, what do you consider to be secular music?

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Well I am Jewish, and we play great Music from the Torah and Tanach, the Old Testament" as Christians refer to it.  Playing spiritual music is good, but secular music can be pleasing to G-d as well.  If you play music that is not impure in intent or suggestive or lewd, and you play it to the best of your ability, it is pleasing to G-d.  We must remember to have faith in Him, without all the man made religiousity that does not fool Him, He sees our hearts and our intent.  Secular music is not an affront to G-d, He did give us music and instruments for our enjoyment after all.  Shalom all.  Play on without fear. Thanks Fiddlerman for this forum, it is just great!

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Well said BC  🙂

On "Cheap eBay violins" … Just tell people they are like a Charlie Brown Christmas Tree.  With a little love, and some practice, they too can be made beautiful.

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Awesome first post, BC. Welcome!

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