I'm a new convert to Catholicism--my Meet 'n' Greet post can be found on page 9 of the thread of the same name if you're really interested--and I was wondering about the overall opinion on non-Christian music. Specifically, I was wondering how individuals felt about the argument over the sound of a music (for example, you enjoy deep bass, strong vocals, soft acoustics, crooners, etc. based solely on the sounds that are created) versus the substance of the verse (for example, you enjoy the sound of a song but disagree with the lyrics.) As an example, Rob Zombie (I know your left eyebrow has already begun its ascent--patience) is a personal favorite artist of mine. I'm going to see him live for the second time next month, and I'm really looking forward to it.
Now, while Rob Zombie's lyrics are not explicitly Satanic (in fact , they have little to do with religion of any sort), they're certainly far from the Word of God. However, his style is irresistible--he's got one of the best stage shows around, and the sounds he produces are right up my alley--and I'm more than used to being surrounded by anti-Christian sentiment. Almost all the people I hang around with--closest friends included--are either uncomfortable talking about religion or expressly anti-religious. I am the token "Catholic friend" that many people have, and despite their nudging over the many years we've spent together, I've ended up on the winning side of the wide majority of arguments (even moreso now that I'm studying apologetics). I think it would be a bit overly proud to describe myself as "unshakable in faith," but I'm certainly not in danger of converting over a trifle.
Now, keeping in mind the following:
-I am one hundred percent sober one hundred percent of the time, as I have always been
-I am a devout Christian and rigid anti-Satanist
-I am a normal American teenager--I like my rock music turned up to eleven
-I don't follow everything I see blindly--even my Christian faith was throughly researched before being accepted
Is still proper to attend such concerts, support such artists, and make such music part of regular life as a Catholic? Is it a matter of sentiment? Does the answer vary from person to person?
Perhaps most importantly of all, does listening to rock music and deeply researching my religion in order to defend it make me weaker in faith than one who abstains from the aforementioned compositions, yet whose studies in and contributions to their congregation and community (especially in defense of their faith, including lack of knowledge in order to provide proper rebuttals to nonbelievers) are minimal to nonexistent?
As an endnote, I would like to add that this is the first thread I have started. While I see that there is an option to add a poll, I hold strong in the belief that polls restrict the option to elaborate on opinion. I would appreciate that my philosophy be respected, and that no opinion be provided without a sufficient defense in its favor.