Rap & Religion

For så lenge jeg kan huske, hip hop har hatt en besettelse med Gud og religion. Jeg mener ikke å antyde at alle rappere er religiøse tilhengere. Men noen rappere - eller noen artister for den saks skyld - kan riste trangen til å inkludere Gud et sted i sin kunst. Det er naturlig og bra for oss å snakke om Gud, men spørsmålet er, Hva er det vi sier? Noen vil si, "Det er bare musikk. Ikke ta det så seriøst!” Men hva en rapper sier på mic er mer alvorlig enn du kanskje tror.

Noen har brukt hip hop til å uttrykke sin oppriktige religiøs tro eller mangel på sådan. islam, De fem Percenters, kristendom, agnostisisme, Ateisme, og andre religioner har alle blitt fremmet gjennom kunstform. Jeg tror hip hop er unikt egnet til å uttrykke lojalitet og hengivenhet til noe vi er opptatt av. Delvis på grunn av kulturen sin overbevisende råhet og dels fordi hip hop åpner for flere ord, dermed kan du faktisk "undervise.”

Men mesteparten av tiden hip hop er mer som en barbershop enn en Søndagsskole-klasse. Rappere uvørent kjøre av ved munningen, whether they know what they’re talking about or not.

oppriktighet vs. hensynsløshet

Det er noen som har rhymes reflektere en oppriktig - selv om noen ganger litt skakkjørt - søk etter og sliter med sannhet. Jeg respekterer at. One thinks of The Roots’ “Dear God 2.0,or Kendrick Lamar’s “Dying of Thirst”.” *Selv når jeg er uenig med sine forutsetninger eller konklusjoner, Jeg liker å lytte til oppriktige vandringer. Og den beveger seg ofte meg om å be for min kamerat emcees.

Hip hop har alltid hatt en mørkere side skjønt, der kunstnere behandler Gud og religion med aktelse og uærbødighet. Rappere synes å si hva ord føle seg i øyeblikket - om de faktisk tror på dem eller ikke. Og i en "post-Christian” nasjon som vår, disse uvøren overgrep er vanligvis rettet mot Jesus og hans menighet.

Selvfølgelig, er det noen ting - som hykleri og penger sulten "predikanter” - Det fortjener å bli gjort narr av. men dessverre, Bibelen, kirken, og Gud selv blir ofte behandlet som ubetydelige tegn i en fiction-historie. Jeg innrømmer, høre rappere snakker om "sprø” Jentene i kirkekoret gjør meg cringe, men ingenting sørger meg mer enn tentamen Jesus selv.

Mange rappere har kalt seg selv Gud, sette seg på et nivå med Jesus, og har hoverende tatt Herrens navn forgjeves. De har bygget hele album rundt respektløs religiøse temaer. De har brukt sin gudgitte kreativitet å fornærme sin Skaper. How ironic.

Som en etterfølger av Jesus, Jeg er personlig støtt av det jeg hører, men mer enn at jeg er redd for de som spyr disse spottende ord. Vi vil alle være redd for en mann som hadde spyttet i ansiktet av presidenten, men vi skal bli enda mer redd for en mann som spytter i ansiktet av den allmektige Gud.

Svare Med Grace

Så hvordan skal jeg svare? Jeg kunne begynne en kampanje for å boikotte deres musikk. Eller, som rapper meg selv, Jeg kunne skrive en bitende diss rekord for tidene. Jeg skal la deg bestemme om en av disse metodene er rett eller galt. men ærlig talt, Jeg tror ikke de ville gjøre mye for å løse det virkelige problemet.

Musikken disse rappere slipper er en refleksjon av deres hjerter. Våre ord er alltid et perfekt bilde av hva som skjer på innsiden av oss. Har du noen gang utløst mens du holder et glass vann eller juice? Uansett hva du har i glasset søl ut på bakken. Som vi alle vet, vår klossethet produserer ikke væsken, det bare viser oss hva som er i glasset. Det er det samme med våre ord. Når vi snakker, eller rap, innholdet i våre hjerter er spilling ut. Tale og musikk gjør oss ikke syndig, men det utsetter hva som er i våre hjerter og sinn (Matthew 12:34).

I lys av at, lytte til noen av rappere som tar opp religiøse temaer forteller meg to ting.

Først, de ikke forstår hvem Jesus er. Hvis de gjorde, de ville aldri snakke om ham på denne måten. Selvfølgelig, de vet Jesus var en jødisk mann som ble korsfestet for to tusen år siden. Men, they don’t truly understand Him.

Ingen mann eller kvinne i sitt rette sinn ville prøve å sette seg på et nivå med den absolutte hersker hvis de virkelig forstått ham å være slik. Ingen ville disrespect Ham ved å knytte ham med uanstendige seksuelle handlinger eller vold hvis de forsto at han var den evige dommer av deres sjeler. De ville ikke kaste navnet hans rundt som han er en nobody og behandle hans navn med slike lettsinn og mangel på respekt.

Når du har virkelig sett Jesus, du forstår at han er makeløs. Når du virkelig kjenner kongen, du sender til hans autoritet, du ikke utfordre den. Så den eneste konklusjonen jeg kan trekke er at de ikke har sett ham for hvem han er.

Sekund, Vi trenger folk som kjenner Jesus å snakke opp. Ikke bare i sangene og blogginnlegg, men ved middagsbordet, i styrerommet, og i klasserommet. Hvorfor? Fordi dette uvitenhet og respektløshet er ikke unikt for rappere. Reckless kunst er bare ett uttrykk for det. Vi lever i en kultur blinde for sannheten (2 Kor 4:4).

Åpning Blind Eyes

Så hvis du kjenner Jesus, fortelle dine venner og familie sannheten. Gud er ikke å bli lekt med. Han er til å bli tilbedt, elsket, adlød, og nøt. Han er ekte. Han hater synd og sendt sin Sønn til å gjøre unna med det. Faktisk, Hans Sønn døde og tok straffen for synd, slik at vi ikke ville ha til å. And God raised Him from the grave so that we could live with Him forever.

Pass dette gode nyheter til andre! men vær så snill, gjøre det med nåde. Stopp roping på folk, og begynne å elske dem. Hvis du har sett Jesus for hvem han er, det er ikke fordi du er bedre enn noen. Det er fordi Gud åpnet dine blinde øyne. Be han ville gjøre det samme for dine venner og familie.

Og hvis du ikke kjenner Jesus, du bør bli kjent med ham. Han er ubeskrivelig bra, og mer enn verdig vår hengivenhet. Det er ikke en eneste av oss som har råd til å ignorere Gud eller behandle hans Sønn som bare en annen fyr. Vår evighet hengsler på hva vi tror om Jesus. Og sannheten er, enten vi tror på ham eller ikke, vi vil bli dømt av ham.

Så hva er Gud til en nonbeliever du spør? skaperen, Forsørger, og dommer. Og hvis vi skal snu og tror - Savior.

*Ansvarsfraskrivelse: Jeg er ikke å anbefale at du lytter til sangene som er nevnt ovenfor. En av dem inneholder stygt språk som ikke vil være hensiktsmessig eller nyttig for mange.

AKSJER

19 kommentarer

  1. AbeSvare

    We would all be afraid for a man who’d spit in the face of the
    President, but we should be even more afraid for a man who spits in the face of Almighty God.” – That sentence is very powerful!

    Thank you for this article Trip! I really enjoy Christian Hip Hop because I always felt that lyrically it had much more content and teaching than normal CCM praise music.

    Ironically, I have never liked secular Hip Hop because of the constant repeating lyrical content of sex, narkotika, self exalting, etc. That has been true even before I became Christian.

    Faktisk, I grew up listening to punk rock and was always a rocker. When I found Christian Hip Hop, jeg elsket det! My friends were dumbfounded that I was listening to Hip Hop since I had always disliked it, at least secular Hip Hop.

    Keep on doing your great work and I shall too my brother! For the Glory of God and our beloved Saviour Jesus! :D

    • CherishJesusLuvSvare

      Hei Trip,
      I agree that out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks, so naturally the words to songs are going to be about whats going on in a person.
      I would also like to add that many Country singers as well talk about Jesus as some one they would drink with? Ummm yeah right if they saw him they would become humble and would not think much about drinking. Or would try to hide from his presence.
      I would like to share on here and with you that I have been called to speak to people about His Love. His Spirit told me that He would speak threw me to people. I am not perfect and I do try to stay unstained by the world, and am growing like other Christians also.
      I wanted to share with you some of my testimony of Gods goodness in my own life.
      I had always felt like I could feel God watching me even as a youth. I would sing to Him and get lost in the day thinking about His love. When I was 15 the Lord literally showered me with His love and Spirit and I received the Holy Spirit that day. My mouth was used by the Spirit to answer questions that was on others in the room hearts. And He spoke to me threw my heart telling me He had come to live in me and would protect me and would speak threw me when the time was right. I remember when I was in 9th grade and these people came with trash cans full of condoms to our school. Robert E. Lee in Tyler Tx. They showed us many pictures and the deceases that sex would bring. They told us to fill free to fill up small brown trash bags of condoms and take them if we needed them. They were telling us that we could go to the nurses office and get some also if we did not want to take them right then. When they said,”Sex is the best filling that you will ever fill.I stood up in-front of the whole 9th grade class and these people and proclaimed. “No God’s Holy Spirit is the best thing you and I will ever fill.They had police escort me to the office until after they had finished there spill. I remember a few students stood along with me and said she is right. This was the beginning of my journey.
      Later on in Life I was at an apartment where there was drinking and card games. I remember I felt like I needed to flee this place this feeling overwhelmed me in my heart. I noticed a man on a karaoke machine started to say my name and spoke things about me that I did not know how he could know. I watched him and noticed I could see horns coming out from his head I asked my friend if she could see what was happening also, she replied no, but that she felt uneasy about us being there. I knew I was seeing a spiritual thing happening then. I saw more things razor sharp teeth and and claws, and at that point I ran to the door to get out. The man on the karaoke machine called out to a women to close the door on me and not let me leave, she was not able to and he hurried to the door and stood in-front of the door closing me inside. I was in complete shock at what happened next. I saw the ugliest demon possible come half way out of this man as if to devour me right there, and at that moment a beautiful white covering came down over my entire body and in an instant the demon flew from this mans body. The man could not stand and slid down the door into a sitting position and I saw tears run down his face. I was then able to open the door even with this man sitting in-front as easy as if he were not sitting there, and began to run as fast as I could out of this apartment complex.
      I at this point I felt as if I needed to ride my self from all the people in my life that would even consider to put me into a room with people that were demon possessed. And so I fought my way away from gangs and bad influences. I did not really give my whole life to God at this point and would like to add I am still in training in this area also. But for God to protect me in this way even though I was young and in need of so much mercy and grace, still baffles my mind to this day. His love is Amazing. I have only encountered one other demonic spirit to which I could spiritually see. I was driving down the hwy 155 and I noticed a car plate that saidVampireon it, as I passed the car I looked at the driver and saw a demon right there in the mans body. I speed up to get on down the road away from this one.
      Another example of God’s Protection in my life. When I was younger some time after I received the Holy Spirit I was riding in the back end of a pick up truck in Louisiana and it was me and three cousins all very young in the back and three cousins in the front. I felt the Spirit move me to sing He has the whole world in his hands, And I stood up and raised my hands to God. At that moment as my cousins in the back are looking at me like why is she singing that, my cousin who was driving was passing a truck to our right and we are in a curve and a truck was in the lane ahead coming straight on. My cousin who was driving said, “Dear God what have I done.and my other cousin in front said, “My God.and I was just lifting my hands to God and singing. I saw a beautiful rain-bowed hand slash cloud come down in an instant and remove the truck that was to head on collide with us. I remember seeing the truck behind us on down the road as if nothing had happened. When we got back to my aunts home my cousins said, “We would all be dead if not had Cherish been in the truck.they asked me what I was doing back there and I said singing hes got the whole world in his hands. My cousins and I are still in Awe of God for his protection of all of us that day. I told them it was notme” men “Gud” who had protected us.
      This is just a couple of the many times God has protected me, showed mercy to me and kept me from harm.
      With all that said I hope this encourages someone out there, and Loving Jesus is not just aboutseeingsomething happen for we know Scripture says Blessed is the man who has not seen and yet still believes. And that is only a part of that scripture fyi. Anyways I wanted to share this and say I Love Jesus, I believe and testify to his protection,mercy, and Love. I want everyone to know our King has a wedding feast He is preparing for His beloved. We as His Church are his beloved and He wants you and me and anyone reading this to prepare themselves for His appearing, and to repent from there sins and follow Him. I Love your music Trip. It has blessed my life and others around me. I pray that you will continue to Put Matt 6:33 into practice and live a life testifying to our Kings goodness. I am so thankful for good beats with God loving words that I and my young family can enjoy as we wait upon Him. Cherish :) I AM UNASHAMED!

      Matthew 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

  2. CLEAN MIMSHACHSvare

    Talk about this rapper . He had aJesus walksvision in the Hip-hop industry as you have but what happened? “failedif you so to speak. What went wrong?…These are the questions you need to find answers to.

    Sitting back and analyzing What’s happening to Jesusimagewont change a thing. As a matter of fact that CANT alter JesusJESUS!!.

    He was crucified by some bunch of cheap Romans soldiers and that even led to the prove that He Jesus is God after He Resurrecting.

    Go get a record deal from YMCMB and Preach the Truth in a raw manner, and see whether you will survive as a rapper.say what the world wants to hearbusinesssmh

    They are so use to the world and it systems: Getting money, fornicating, etc.. to the extend that even if Jesus manifest Himself physically to them today, they will unconsciously slip back into there old ways later.

    You can easy destroy a tree at it nursing stage but not when it has fully established as a Timber.and the only way to get rid of a Timber completely is by destroying it root.

    So do what you ought to do to destroy the root of the problem as asavedbeing. Tell the world what they’ve not heard before.. A material proof of JesusExistence, Power and Glorynew light

  3. Nicholas J. GauslingSvare

    Some friends of mine recently commented that the best way to recognize falsehood is by learning to recognize truth; I think that wisdom applies here. One could go about creating a campaign against this godless music, but even better is to keep producing God-centered music.

    I’m not much of a rap fan myself, but I am tremendously grateful that there are individuals such as yourself who are serving as a sort of indigenous missionary and reaching into that culture with the love of Christ.

  4. CLEAN MIMSHACHSvare

    OK. it is time forChristian rappersto mock their (world) god(satan). its as simple as that.

    If you think our Jesus is being disrespected/mocked then you rappers are in the best position to also render their satan powerless by insulting/disrespecting satan the hard way twice.

    • CeceSvare

      Ja! Thanks for sharing Dr. Utley! I heard you speak at North Park University last fall and was impacted by this connection.

  5. Terence AbrahamSvare

    Wow Will…..I do appreciate how powerful and subtly you used words to put through your thoughts [shows whats in your glass :) ]…I wanted to voice similar opinions, you really brought clarity into this topic using good examples.

    Thanks again,
    Terence.A

  6. MoNsTroSitySvare

    there be gods MANY and lords MANY. (1Co8:5) aHaYah asher aHaYAH, TELL the CHILDREN of YISRAEL I AM HATH sent you. (Ex.3:14) & moreover the El of Avraham, Yitschak, n Yaacov (Ex.3:15).. YmmanuwEL, YesHaYAH HaMashiyach.

    PRAY & read your Bible intensely and the Holy One of YisraEl WIL reveal the answers from OUR Father which ART in heavenSalvation the Saviour is comin back for His ppl… “The TWELVE Tribes of YisraEL” & those that BELIEVE the WORD of aHaYAH.. search for YeshaSalvation as a HIDDEN treasureBless aHaYAHHe Who IS, He Who WAS, & He Who IS to COME. (Rev1:4) even so come, YesHaYAH. Amen.

  7. EmpressSvare

    this is really a great message
    inspired me to write something today, don’t let some negative people or comments sway you from speaking the truth. I know that there are some out there that might try to get on your nerves. I am here to say Keep it up you are making a difference

  8. MsBSvare

    When I was if the world, I was a heavy hip hop enthusiast because of the artistic creativity and mainly because of content. Listeners gravitate to words that appeal to the heart. Så, in essence, as long as there are darkened hearts, there will be those that gravitate to the message. This article just serves notice on us who believe becausewe are made to light it up a city on a hilltopand we want people to ‘hit us up when they feel lostSO that we can navigate them tithe savior. You’ve outlined our sole mission in this article- thanx! PS!. LOVE THE CUP ANALOGY!!!! AWESOME. Gud velsigne

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  10. UnveilDa1Svare

    I love the thought process of Mr. Lee, I’ve been a follower of Trip from the jump, When he asked the question “Så hvordan skal jeg svare? Jeg kunne begynne en kampanje for å boikotte deres musikk. Eller, som rapper meg selv, Jeg kunne skrive en bitende diss rekord for tidene. I’ll let you decide whether either of those approaches are right or wrong.I think a response with a diss record is very appropriate, I see it as an opportunity to do exactly what David did to Goliath. He had the chance to shut the mouths of the one who was speaking against his GOD. Now with the influence and the amazing GOD giving talent Trip has, I see it as a golden opportunity to Infiltrate the Industry.