Is 'N Sync OK?
What do you think about 'N Sync? If you read their "thank you's" they sound Christian. They have taken a stand against drinking and smoking, and they are very clean and good men. Recently, I even went to their concert with my dad, who is a pastor. I know it sounds pretty much like I've made up my mind about them, but I'd like to hear what you think. —Angela
You sound like a big fan of the chart-topping pop group. Even so, I appreciate your willingness to seek out other opinions.
First, I'd like to comment on the group's "thank you's"—which appear on the lyric sheet of 'N Sync's self-titled CD. All members thank God, and Justin Randall specifically thanks "my Savior Jesus Christ."
After surfing the 'Net for fan sites, reading fan books and articles, I came away feeling pretty good about the group. Nothing made me decide these guys are poor role models. As for their lyrics, the upbeat and slickly produced music on the self-titled CD is pretty much about romance. Compared to a lot of other pop and rock, 'N Sync's musical themes are pretty innocent.
Having said all that, I would also encourage you to listen to 'N Sync—or any musical artist, for that matter—with biblical discretion. Don't base your entire impression on a few liner notes that mention God. These guys could be faithful believers; I just don't know. But here's what I'd do: Study their lyrics carefully, and be sure they're not sending any messages that conflict with your Christian faith. Again, I didn't see any such lyrics on the self-titled album. But that doesn't mean the next album will be lyrically OK. So be sure and carefully "screen" each new album the group produces.
Watch the guys, too. If you see a video or concert where they're moving their bodies suggestively, or you see a picture in a magazine that shows a lack of modesty, those would be good reasons to soften your enthusiasm—and start looking for different music.
Let me also point out something in your letter that's awesome. You said your father went to an 'N Sync concert with you. Your dad's involvement in your music is very important. And I believe talking with your parents and your youth pastor about your musical tastes is essential. You can gain from their perspectives, and you can show love and respect by honoring (if not always agreeing with) their concerns.
If you'd like to listen to some Christian music with the 'N Sync sound, I'll mention two very cool groups. First, consider The Katinas, a group of five brothers from American Samoa. The jazzy sound on their debut self-titled CD (Gotee) comes packed with lyrics that offer glory to God. Another band worth checking out is Brother's Keeper. On the group's self-titled CD (Ardent), you'll find very smooth harmonies with lyrics that also praise God.
Even if you do decide 'N Sync isn't "out of sync" with your values, I am glad you're willing to find out what other people think. Your willingness to reevaluate your listening habits will help you apply Christian values to many other areas of your life.
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