Christians Love to Pirate Music

I know this might be a touchy subject, especially for those with thousands of illegally downloaded praise songs on your iPods.  But, I will be blunt.  Stealing is stealing.  The LA Times has an article on this subject that shows how in this area of piracy, Christians do not shine. Pirating Songs of Praise.

In a Times entertainment poll this summer, teens were asked about downloading songs from an unauthorized file-sharing network. Among those who identified themselves as religious (of any faith), 63% said they would never do it. Among teens who did not describe themselves as religious, it was a similar proportion at 61%.

That survey [Barna Group]  found that about 1 in 10 born-again Christian teens believe it is morally wrong to take and share songs. The ones who do have second thoughts often said that they felt the religious connection the music provided them made it all less objectionable.

The thing that amazes me is how some view it as "less objectionable" to download music about their faith than other music.  Really, this says a lot about our sense of entitlement.  We want a product, as Christians, and do not want to pay for it.  This is why there are some who "church shop" and attend three or more fellowships but never invest in those churches relationally or financially.   And, some of us who are in church leadership actually make it easy to do this.

OK.  Are you going to delete illegal songs off your iPod today?

HT: LA Times (Pirating Songs of Praise by By Geoff Boucher)

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Rich Kirkpatrick

Writer, Speaker, and Musician. Rich Kirkpatrick was recently rated #13 of the “Top 75 Religion Bloggers” by Newsmax.com, having also received recognition by Worship Leader Magazine as “Editor’s Choice” for the “Best of the Best” of blogs in 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

12 comments

  1. No. Not today. I mean why would I want to actually SUPPORT the artists I love so much?Maybe I’ll pray about it. Right after I pray about if I should walk into Starbucks and steal my next cup of coffee.
    But all sarcasm aside. I have slowly, over the past 3 months been replacing all my music with paid versions. But will I do it all at once? Your nuts.
    GREAT POST Rich.
    Los

  2. No. Not today. I mean why would I want to actually SUPPORT the artists I love so much?Maybe I’ll pray about it. Right after I pray about if I should walk into Starbucks and steal my next cup of coffee.
    But all sarcasm aside. I have slowly, over the past 3 months been replacing all my music with paid versions. But will I do it all at once? Your nuts.
    GREAT POST Rich.
    Los

  3. No. Not today. I mean why would I want to actually SUPPORT the artists I love so much?Maybe I’ll pray about it. Right after I pray about if I should walk into Starbucks and steal my next cup of coffee.
    But all sarcasm aside. I have slowly, over the past 3 months been replacing all my music with paid versions. But will I do it all at once? Your nuts.
    GREAT POST Rich.
    Los

  4. No. Not today. I mean why would I want to actually SUPPORT the artists I love so much?Maybe I’ll pray about it. Right after I pray about if I should walk into Starbucks and steal my next cup of coffee.
    But all sarcasm aside. I have slowly, over the past 3 months been replacing all my music with paid versions. But will I do it all at once? Your nuts.
    GREAT POST Rich.
    Los

  5. Yeah, hard-hitting stuff here, Rich. I’ve got five songs our worship team is working on for Christmas on my iPod right now. I got them from a burned disk that somebody gave me. I’ve replaced two of them from iTunes, but can’t seem to locate the other three. It’s a quandary, to be sure. But I need to get it done right, and render to Caesar what is Caesar’s.

  6. Yeah, hard-hitting stuff here, Rich. I’ve got five songs our worship team is working on for Christmas on my iPod right now. I got them from a burned disk that somebody gave me. I’ve replaced two of them from iTunes, but can’t seem to locate the other three. It’s a quandary, to be sure. But I need to get it done right, and render to Caesar what is Caesar’s.

  7. Yeah, hard-hitting stuff here, Rich. I’ve got five songs our worship team is working on for Christmas on my iPod right now. I got them from a burned disk that somebody gave me. I’ve replaced two of them from iTunes, but can’t seem to locate the other three. It’s a quandary, to be sure. But I need to get it done right, and render to Caesar what is Caesar’s.

  8. Yeah, hard-hitting stuff here, Rich. I’ve got five songs our worship team is working on for Christmas on my iPod right now. I got them from a burned disk that somebody gave me. I’ve replaced two of them from iTunes, but can’t seem to locate the other three. It’s a quandary, to be sure. But I need to get it done right, and render to Caesar what is Caesar’s.

  9. Good word bro… convicting for the tunes that I have ‘borrowed’ from friends and never got around to erasing them….
    Though I do have some tunes that I downloaded of CD’s that I have actually purchased in the past and somehow have lost them at one point in my life… I don’t really feel convicted by that…

    But I totally agree! IT’S STEALING!

    –BB

  10. Good word bro… convicting for the tunes that I have ‘borrowed’ from friends and never got around to erasing them….
    Though I do have some tunes that I downloaded of CD’s that I have actually purchased in the past and somehow have lost them at one point in my life… I don’t really feel convicted by that…

    But I totally agree! IT’S STEALING!

    –BB

  11. Good word bro… convicting for the tunes that I have ‘borrowed’ from friends and never got around to erasing them….
    Though I do have some tunes that I downloaded of CD’s that I have actually purchased in the past and somehow have lost them at one point in my life… I don’t really feel convicted by that…

    But I totally agree! IT’S STEALING!

    –BB

  12. Good word bro… convicting for the tunes that I have ‘borrowed’ from friends and never got around to erasing them….
    Though I do have some tunes that I downloaded of CD’s that I have actually purchased in the past and somehow have lost them at one point in my life… I don’t really feel convicted by that…

    But I totally agree! IT’S STEALING!

    –BB

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