Music gives insight for evangelism

“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.” – Romans 1:20

“They show that the work of the law is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness, and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even excuse them” – Romans 2:15

Time will tell on their power minds
Making war just for fun
Treating people just like pawns in chess
Wait til the judgement day comes

Now in darkness world stops turning
As you hear the bodies burning
No more warpigs have the power
And as God has struck the hour
Day of judgement, God is calling
On their knees the warpigs crawling
Begging mercy for their sins
Satan laughing spreads his wings

-”Warpigs” by Black Sabbath

The Bible verses above along with the old, but representative, song lyrics show how deeply people reflect the image of God. The group Black Sabbath can identify injustice in the oppression of people and unjust wars. The Bible verses, Romans 1:20 and 2:15, show that groups like Black Sabbath and even everyone in general are actively suppressing the truth while trying to uphold their internal drive for justice to be done. They do not want to admit that their standard for justice is deficient, that it applies to them also and that God’s wrath should justly fall on them.

Now, of course, we could have read the Bible verses and known these things were happening. Why the song lyrics? The lyrics are an illustration that we have common ground with unbelievers, like Paul did in Acts 17. There is common ground because we too know the need for justice to be done, and done perfectly by a righteous God. There is also common ground in our God-given conscience. Their conscience in our ally in evangelism. By opening with their songs and appealing to their sense of justice we can begin a conversation that delves deeply into how their lives fall short of the perfect Judge that everyone will one day face.

The difficulty is getting them to reflect on how far short they will fall when God judges them. Here are a few Bible verses you might suggest that they contemplate:

Romans 3:10 “None is righteous, no, not one”
Romans 3:18 “There is no fear of God before their eyes”
Romans 3:23 “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”

and hope for them when they realize their fallen condition:
Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord”