Rap & Religion

För så länge jag kan minnas, hip hop har haft en besatthet med Gud och religion. Jag menar inte att föreslå att alla rappare är religiösa anhängare. Men några rappare - eller några artister för den delen - kan skaka lusten att någonstans inkludera Gud i sin konst. Det är naturligt och bra för oss att tala om Gud, men frågan är, vad vi säger? Vissa kommer att säga, "Det är bara musik. Ta det inte så allvarligt!” Men vad en rappare säger om mikrofonen är allvarligare än du kanske tror.

Några har använt hip hop för att uttrycka sin uppriktiga trosbekännelse eller brist på sådan. islam, De fem percenters, kristendom, Agnosticism, Ateism, och andra religioner har alla blivit befordrad genom konstform. Jag tror att hip hop är unikt lämpad att uttrycka lojalitet och hängivenhet till något vi brinner. Delvis på grund av kulturens övertygande råhet och delvis på grund av hip hop tillåter fler ord, så du kan faktiskt "lära.”

Men för det mesta hip hop är mer som en frisersalong än en söndagsskoleklass. Rappare hänsynslöst rinna av vid mynningen, whether they know what they’re talking about or not.

uppriktighet vs. Övermod

Det finns några vars rim speglar en uppriktig - men ibland missriktad - sök efter och kämpar med sanningen. Jag respekterar att. One thinks of The Roots’ “Dear God 2.0,or Kendrick Lamar’s “Dying of Thirst”.” *Även när jag inte håller med sina antaganden eller slutsatser, Jag gillar att lyssna på uppriktiga vandringar. Och det ofta rör mig att be för mina kolleger emcees.

Hip hop har alltid haft en mörkare sida om, där konstnärer behandlar Gud och religion med respektlöshet och vanvördnad. Rappare verkar säga vad ord känns rätt i det ögonblick - oavsett om de faktiskt tror dem eller ej. Och i en "post-Christian” nation som vår, dessa hänsynslösa övergrepp vanligen syftar på Jesus och hans kyrka.

Självklart, det finns vissa saker - som hyckleri och pengar hungriga "predikanter” - Som förtjänar att bli hånad. men tyvärr, Bibeln, Kyrkan, och Gud själv behandlas ofta som obetydliga tecken i en fiktion berättelse. Jag erkänner, hörsel rappare talar om "freaky” flickor i kyrkokören gör mig hukar, men inget smärtar mig mer än hånfulla Jesus själv.

Många rappare har kallat sig Gud, sätta sig på en nivå med Jesus, och har skryt tagit Herrens namn förgäves. De har byggt hela album runt vanvördiga religiösa teman. De har använt sin gudagivna kreativitet att förolämpa sin Skapare. How ironic.

Som en anhängare av Jesus, Jag är personligen kränkt av vad jag hör, men mer än att jag är rädd för de som spy dessa hädiska ord. Vi skulle alla vara rädd för en man som hade spotta i ansiktet av ordföranden, men vi bör vara ännu mer rädd för en man som spottar i ansiktet av allsmäktig gud.

Svarar med Grace

Så hur ska jag svara? Jag kunde börja en kampanj för att bojkotta deras musik. Eller, som en rappare själv, Jag skulle kunna skriva en svidande diss rekord för åldrarna. Jag ska låta dig bestämma om någon av dessa metoder är rätt eller fel. men ärligt, Jag tror inte att de skulle göra mycket för att ta itu med det verkliga problemet.

Musiken dessa rappare släpper är en återspegling av deras hjärtan. Våra ord är alltid en perfekt bild av vad som händer inom oss. Har du någonsin löst medan du håller ett glas vatten eller juice? Oavsett vad du har i glaset spiller ut på marken. Som vi alla vet, vår klumpighet inte producerar vätskan, det bara visar oss vad som finns i glaset. Det är samma sak med våra ord. När vi talar, eller rap, innehållet i våra hjärtan är rinner ut. Tal och musik gör oss inte syndig, men det utsätter vad som finns i våra hjärtan och sinnen (Matthew 12:34).

Mot bakgrund av detta, lyssna till några av de rappare som tar upp religiösa teman berättar två saker.

Först, De förstår inte vem Jesus är. Om de gjorde, de skulle aldrig tala om honom på detta sätt. Självklart, de vet Jesus var en judisk man som korsfästes två tusen år sedan. Men, they don’t truly understand Him.

Ingen man eller kvinna i deras rätt sinne skulle försöka sätta sig på en nivå med den absoluta härskare om de verkligen uppfattade honom att vara sådan. Ingen skulle respektlöshet honom genom att associera honom med oanständiga sexuella handlingar eller våld om de förstod att han var den eviga domare deras själar. De skulle inte kasta sitt namn runt som han är en nolla och behandla hans namn med sådan lättsinne och respektlöshet.

När du har verkligen sett Jesus, du förstår att han är makalös. När du verkligen känner kungen, du skickar till Hans auktoritet, du inte utmana det. Så den enda slutsats jag kan dra är att de inte har sett honom för vem han är.

Andra, Vi behöver människor som vet Jesus att tala. Inte bara i sånger och blogginlägg, men vid matbordet, i styrelserummet, och i klassrummet. Varför? Eftersom denna okunskap och vanvördnad är inte unikt för rapparna. Vårdslös konst är bara ett uttryck för det. Vi lever i en kultur blind för sanningen (2 Kor 4:4).

Öppna blinda ögon

Så om du vet Jesus, berätta för dina vänner och familj sanningen. Gud är att inte lekte med. Han är att bli dyrkad, älskad, lydde, och åtnjöt. Han är verklig. Han hatar synd och sände sin Son att göra sig av med det. Faktiskt, Hans son dog och tog straffet för synd så att vi inte skulle behöva. And God raised Him from the grave so that we could live with Him forever.

Passera denna goda nyheterna till andra! Men snälla, göra det med nåd. Sluta skrika på folk, och börja älska dem. Om du har sett Jesus för vem han är, Det är inte för att du är bättre än någon. Det beror på att Gud öppnade era blinda ögon. Be Han skulle göra samma sak för dina vänner och familj.

Och om du inte vet Jesus, du ska lära känna honom. Han är obeskrivligt bra, och mer än värdig vår hängivenhet. Det finns inte en enda av oss som har råd att ignorera Gud eller behandla sin son som bara en annan snubbe. Vår evighet hänger på vad vi tror om Jesus. Och sanningen är, om vi tror på honom eller inte, vi kommer att dömas av honom.

Så vad är Gud en nonbeliever du frågar? Skapare, Sustainer, och Judge. Och om vi ska vända och tror - Frälsare.

*disclaimer: Jag rekommenderar inte att du lyssnar på låtar som nämns ovan. En av dem innehåller fult språk som inte är lämpligt eller till hjälp för många.

AKTIER

19 kommentarer

  1. AbeSvar

    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.

    Faktiskt, I grew up listening to punk rock and was always a rocker. When I found Christian Hip Hop, I loved it! 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

    • CherishJesusLuvSvar

      Hey 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 MIMSHACHSvar

    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. GauslingSvar

    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 MIMSHACHSvar

    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.

    • CeceSvar

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

  5. Terence AbrahamSvar

    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. MoNsTroSitySvar

    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. EmpressSvar

    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. MsBSvar

    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! P.S. LOVE THE CUP ANALOGY!!!! AWESOME. Gud välsigna

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  10. UnveilDa1Svar

    I love the thought process of Mr. Lä, I’ve been a follower of Trip from the jump, When he asked the question “Så hur ska jag svara? Jag kunde börja en kampanj för att bojkotta deras musik. Eller, som en rappare själv, Jag skulle kunna skriva en svidande diss rekord för åldrarna. 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.