A lot of Christians have the idea that anything that looks or seems worldly is wrong. I used to think that anything with a 'hard' sound was of the devil. Then my youth pastor played Jesus Freak by DC Talk to us and my paradigm shifted. I realized that it was possible to preach Christ through all music, and come to find out, I really liked it.
I am very very picky about what I listen to. I will only listen to groups who make it clear that Jesus is in their lives and sing about Him. Yes, rock carries the stigma of bad kids drinking, doing drugs and living an overall ungodly lifestyle. But music is such a powerful media the speak through. Remember, Satan was the angel over music in heaven before he revolted against the Lord. Music is his avenue to send out his messages too. Typically rock music artists are singing about fleshly desires and living for oneself, or worse, for the devil.
But, if we want to reach these people, you have to make the Gospel approachable, personal to them. Music is music, the words and spirit behind it is what makes it good or bad. If I am with other, maybe weaker, Christians and was listening to secular rock music, this could cause them to stumble. I'm not saying that everyone has to like it, but I personally think Jesus would be in the middle of the mosh pit if we could see Him. LOL! The Lord inhabits the praises of His people. He didn't say He would inhabit our praises if we just used a piano and acoustic guitar.
"...indeed it came to pass, when the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the LORD, and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music, and praised the LORD, saying:
"For He is good,
that the house, the house of the LORD, was filled with a cloud,
The music I have listed on the left is so moving to me. When I feel bad, it lifts me up, somehow the music gets my frustrations and powerful feelings exercised and out. I am not kidding, I LOVE it the heavier it sounds. I don't listen to anything else unless it's praise and worship. My children have been raised in it and love it. I feel the power of God and electricity of the Holy Spirit in it.
So, tonight I will be pushing myself to the front of the stage with my husband and my best friend, and we will praise the Lord with all of our might :)
For anyone interested, we're going to see this band.