Will My Music Warp My Child?

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Below is the latest “Questions and Ethics” query. Help me answer this question by telling me your thoughts in the comments. I’ll weigh in later. And remember to send me your real-life ethical dilemma to [email protected].

Dear Dr. Moore,

Like you, I am a fan of country music. I listen to our local country music radio station in the car, and have for as long as I can remember. I’m a mother now, though, and I now drive around with my infant son in the back seat. I am aware more than ever of the less than moral aspects of country music.

Now, I grew up (like you did, from what I understand) listening to country music, so I know that, in and of itself, it’s not going to drive someone to the Honky-Tonks or the divorce courts. But it’s made me think. Should I give up my music altogether, listen to it only alone when my baby’s not around, or just keep listening, like my parents did? What’s the ethical thing to do?

Coal Miner’s Daughter

Only when we see how lost we are, we can find our way again. Only when we bury what’s dead can we experience life again. Only when we lose our religion can we be amazed by grace again.


About Russell Moore

Russell Moore is Editor in Chief of Christianity Today and is the author of the forthcoming book Losing Our Religion: An Altar Call for Evangelical America (Penguin Random House).