Maroon 5

by Adam Holz

With Maroon 5 performing at the Super Bowl halftime show, Adam Levine and his band will be seen by more than 100 million viewers! Maybe this is the first time you’ve heard the band’s music—or perhaps you’re already a fan—but this a great time to ask yourself: What should I think of Maroon 5 and its lead singer?

Levine comes off as a pretty likable guy as a judge on NBC’s “The Voice.” (When he’s not teasing Blake Shelton, that is.) And throughout Maroon 5’s 18-year run, you’ll find several romantic lines that appear “nice.”

On the band’s latest album, Red Pill Blues, a few tracks include lyrics with positive themes. “Best 4U” features a guy who’s struggling to make good choices. He tells a girl, “I just want the best for you/But I’m not the best for you.” We should all look at our relationships like that, thinking of others first. However, that same song mentions drugs, alcohol and hard partying, which aren’t “nice” things at all.

Too often, the line “I’m not the best for you” could also describe Maroon 5’s six albums. Profanity creeps in, and some songs discuss inappropriate relationships. Levine’s personality occasionally pivots from nice guy to dangerous. Sometimes, the problems are subtle. Other times, they’re really obvious. Either way, those kinds of issues should push Maroon 5’s music out of bounds for discerning young listeners.

Instead of watching the halftime show, take a TV break. Go play outside, throw around a football or make a fun snack as a family.

“Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment.” —John 7:24, ESV

Never judge a book by its cover. That’s not a quote from the Bible, but Jesus did say something similar in this verse. He wants us to look below the surface of someone’s actions to see the motivation. We often make assumptions based on what appears to be true. But if we dig a little deeper, we find that there’s more to the story. Making a “right judgment” means looking past the surface.

Take Adam Levine. On “The Voice,” he seems like a really nice guy. But some of his band’s music doesn’t fit with that image. Levine often sings about choices that go against what God teaches—especially when it comes to love and relationships.

We have to be careful not to follow people just because they seem nice. They can lead us into some dark places. Jesus challenges us to look deeper, understand clearly and make wise decisions based on the whole truth.

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