Everybody smiles when happy, during occasions like wedding or when a joke is shared or when one has won a competition etc. We meet people in the markets, shopping malls, coffee shops, schools or the pathway and we see them with beautiful smiles and we unconsciously assume that everything is well with them. Have we ever wondered what is actually behind that smile? Does it really mean all is well? Definitely not, smiles cannot permanently hide the pain, worry and frustrations people go through in life. Many are the secret problems people want to hide behind smiles. The playing cards of life cannot be played behind smiles; it has to be played as it is. It is time we halt to ask our friends their welfare after we have seen their smile.
Behind the smile of everyone, there is a question that needs to be asked. People are scared and feel odd about sharing their problems with people, in that case they use a smile as a temporary antidote as their cure. Do not put your fate in the disguise of a smile! The true identity of a person cannot always be hidden in a mask it will one day be taken off. You cannot keep that terrible issue to yourself, find a very resourceful person with integrity and share it with him. One can look beautiful with a smile and inwardly be ugly (sorrowful).
Imaging one day you went to the church premises and found that they were playing 50 cent, Alicia Keys, Abodam and other hip pop songs you can think of, and they were playing them for their praises section to God. What will be your first reaction towards this situation? Some people will be very surprised and will soon add it to the news item on Adom Fm (Ghanaian Fm station) or Cable News Network (CNN); members of the church will leave the church because it is a disgrace to their dignity, Christians will see the church as not spiritual and worldly. This issue will be the topic for discussion on the table of the Christian councils in various countries. If we all agree that these kinds of music and couple of others should not be played at the church premises then why do we play it there? Many of us play these satanic music everyday in God’s church. I know you are wondering which kind of church is that; it is our body which is the most viable church God has built. Paul says in 1 Cor. 6: 19, do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own.
The same way we feel ashamed of playing these kind of music in the church building is the same way we should feel when listening to them ourselves. The music clips we watch in our various homes that we feel it is wrong to watch it in the church; we should stop because the body sitting behind the television or computer is also a church which is more accountable to God than the church building. Do not let us do what the world think is good, but what God has said. The scripture reads that the Kingdom of God is within us and not at a located place or structural building we can see.
A friend of mine during my intern in one of the largest telecommunications in Ghana made a very strange comment about this issue when I tried to share with her the truth behind these kinds of music. She said, “I have listened to R&B to the extent that I prefer it to gospel music”. Let us set our priorities right, the same way people get addicted to porn is the same way others get addicted to these satanic music. The devil is very clever in whatever he does, but we have the mind of Christ we are smarter than him. Singing good music lifts your soul to another level and increases your spiritual level. Music influences an individual without him even knowing. Let us sing sacred songs.