I have been having a Facebook conversation with a young drummer in Kenya named Felix. (Isn’t it amazing how the world is shrinking!) He is a sincere follower of Jesus and also loves to play the drums. He has opportunities to play drums in secular venues, playing secular music, earning some money, but he is conflicted: He is not sure if he should play secular music. This is a question that I have had to answer along my journey as well. He asked for my advise and this was my response:
Should a church musician also play secular music?
It’s a good and important question, but one I cannot answer for you. If you follow Jesus, then I believe His Spirit fills you and is talking to you. Pray! Listen to his voice. Ask for advise from others … like you have from me. The answer should become clear to you.
To me there is not a certain yes or no with questions like this. But ask yourself: Am I bringing the love and light of Jesus with me when I play drums away from the church? Am I an influence for good? Or am I being influenced to move away from my love for Christ Jesus? Ask fellow believers to answer these questions about you. I hope this helps.
I will also share that I spent many years playing secular music in secular venues as a follower of Jesus. The experienced helped develop me as a person and as a musician. I believe it was the right choice for me.
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters. Colossians 3:23
A plumber can do his job in a way that honors God if he is working on the home of a fellow believer or the home of someone outside the church community. You can drum for God no matter where you are drumming, but be aware that the dangers and temptations will be stronger away from the church community. Make sure you remain connected and covered by your church family. No matter if you are drumming in the church or in a secular venue, the audience is always God! Peace to you!