I was raised on conservative, sacred music interspersed with great classics. We did not listen to Pop or Country music. Not because it was always, in any situation, considered to be wrong. But my dad and mom wanted to carefully guard the way our minds were shaped, the influences that had sway with us, and as I work to recall, I think they wanted us to develop a particular taste in music. They wanted our music choices to be intentional. They wanted our music diet to be thought-provoking, inspirational, and artistically developed.
When my brother and I were in high school, they opened up the funnel and allowed us to listen to contemporary Christian music - on headphones at first because it was so foreign to them. We had demonstrated that we were pursuing God with all our hearts, and so they trusted us to choose wisely. We joined the Word Record Club and could hardly wait for new records to arrive each month! We would comb through each and every song, analyzing the lyrics, discussing whether the music appropriately painted the words, contemplating whether the words were theologically accurate as best we understood.
I was shocked when as a young mother I met young people (from Christian homes) who were listening to music that was filling their minds with ideas contrary to the mindset of Jesus. I could not wrap my mind around the fact that they had no conscience on the issue, that they were filling their minds with images that would not promote thinking which would lead them to healthy relationships or Godly living. I remember being told by a young lady, "I don't listen to the words, I just enjoy the music." Sadly, the outcome of her life has proven she (at the least) hasn't been helped by her musical diet.
So, I have this theory that lyrics really matter in music. It seems to me, what I repeatedly feed my mind (in the way of ideas) I become.
Phil 4:8 Whatever is true, ... honorable,... just,... pure,... lovely,... think about these things.
Proverbs 4:26 Ponder the path of your feet...
John 15:4 Abide in me...