Consider the following from a Reuters report from Washington, filed February 4, 2008:
U.S. popular music is awash with lyrics about drugs, alcohol and tobacco. Medical researchers have reviewed the words of the 279 top songs of 2005 to estimate just how common they are. Their report ... showed a third of the songs had explicit references to substance abuse. And two-thirds of these references placed drugs, alcohol and tobacco in a positive light by associating them with sex, partying and humor, according to the team led by Dr. Brian Primack of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. They calculated that with Americans aged 15 to 18 listening to 2.4 hours of music daily, they hear 84 musical references to substance use a day and more than 30,000 a year.
Not wishing to run counter to the current views political correctness, the doctor who led the inquiry and issued the report at once stated, "It's not going to be feasible or even desirable to censor these messages. Probably a more empowering approach is to teach kids to analyze and evaluate the messages for themselves."
This report deals with a major problem and we should be grateful to Dr. Primack for producing the study, even though his suggested solution is weak and doomed to failure. The stark reality that we have to face is that the entertainment industry thrives on moral decadence and is the major instrument for causing the moral collapse of our nation's youth. The music industry has been incredibly successful in indoctrinating generations of Americans into adopting the depraved "values" of drugged out, alcoholic and immoral singers and musicians. There is nothing accidental in the concentration of popular music on the themes of drugs, booze and illicit sex. These form the atmosphere that all too many musicians live in. It's the world they know and it's the world they want our young people to live in. Unfortunately, they have been overwhelmingly successful in attaining their objective. The question is, "How should we deal with the problem?" The most obvious answer is to cut off the cancer at its source. But, we are told, that would be censorship and we couldn't have that. We can have dead teens, drunk drivers, broken homes and a fractured society-yes, we can put up with these but we cannot stop a lying, drug addicted, alcoholic sexual pervert from poisoning millions of young minds. We make it a crime for anyone to sell drugs. We call him a drug "pusher." But we cannot criminalize singers who push drug use. That would inhibit their freedom of speech! Of course, we inhibit many other kinds of speech but somehow the vaporings of drugged up singers are sacrosanct, no matter how much damage they cause.This is what happens to a society when it abandons God's code of right and wrong. In this age of self-absorption-when instant gratification of lust is glorified and when self-discipline is held up to ridicule-all talk of "sin" is hissed at as "judgmental." Americans could do with hearing a bit more of the judgment of God before they get to experience it in the eternal burnings. Perhaps then, made to tremble by the force of God's law, they would seek His mercy in Christ. That is the only real answer to the filthy flood that is engulfing this nation. Only the gospel has the power to save sinners and truly set them free.