Stop the Music, I Wanna Get Off...
The music agenda in stores and restaurants is getting more and more
unusual as time goes on. Try going into a restaurant or store and asking them
to turn their music off. I have talked to plenty of restaurant owners and
even grocery store owners and most will not do it. I am getting to the point
that I can hardly believe what I am hearing. Now most of them tell me that
their music is piped in and they have no control over what is played and they
also tell me that they cannot turn it off. Now think for a minute on what I
just said. Imagine being at home and music is playing and you have no control
whatsoever on what is being played nor can you turn it off. I mean really
think about it for a few minutes. This is what a lot of businesses want you
to believe. I think they are getting complaints and one good way to stop the
complaints is by telling the customers that they cannot control the music.
First we covered the part where they are now saying that they cannot control
what is being played nor can they turn it off. Why would any business allow
another company, business to pipe music into their business without the owner
having control over what is being played or at least having the option of
turning it off if wanted or needed?
Let’s look at the other side of the coin before we continue on with the
reasons behind the music.
I finally found someone working at a restaurant whom has admitted that
the music being piped in there or anywhere else is controlled by the ones at
the particular restaurant, business, or store. In other words, they do have
control over what is being played at the very location that it is being played
at. So why is it being done? Let’s go a little bit deeper into music, its
power and roots, the cause and effect scenario.
Music is a very strong influence in our society. Music can manipulate
people subliminally. It can entice us, encourage us to do things that we
wouldn’t normally do. How big of an effect could it have? It has been proven
over and over that people who listen to music that encourages pre- marital
sex, even rape, drugs, murder, suicide, etc have done the things that they
were listening to. Music enhances words, it brings strength to words, romance
to words, or whatever the artist desires to do with it, he can basically do
it. It is a very, very powerful medium.
Peer pressure is a very real thing. We do a lot to please people and
music leading us in the wrong direction by making us think that we should do
what we are hearing to really experience life would be easy for many. The
reason why will shock most of you but there really isn’t any other answer.
The bible talks about a being called Satan, the devil. He is a liar and
the father of the lie. We have music that encourages wrong acts, thoughts,
etc. Where are they coming from and why would Satan desire to put music in
stores and restaurants? First, if the music encourages wrong behavior and
thoughts then by the bible’s definition of Satan being a murderer and liar, it
would certainly fall in line with his goal for the world. We also read in the
word that he came to steal, to kill and to destroy. (Check John 10:10). He
desires to destroy everyone on this planet by leading him or her in the wrong
direction. Satan wants people to reject God, his life and his peace. Satan
desires to give a false peace, a false way, and a false security. The bible
tells us to think on those things that are true, honest, just, pure, and
lovely (Check Phil. 4:8).
Computer programmers are taught a principle, “garbage in, garbage out”.
If you put wrong information within a computer, it will give wrong answers
back. In the same way but in a more complicated sense because we are far more
complicated than a computer, if we put junk within our minds then we will be
having junk come out of our mouth and lives. The bible says that as a man
“thinketh in his heart” so is he (Check Proverbs 23:7). The things that we
feed upon we become to some degree or another. It is true in the body just as
it is true in the mind in many ways. If we feed on junk food all the time
then are bodies will react to it, if we feed on filth, stupidity, hate, etc
then our minds will respond to it.
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