Put this in Your Earbuds

I know when you hear this beat it sound like something to step with/
But morals and your music you want them separate/
Like garnish on the side something ya’ll don’t mess with
That Christo-centric rap eclectic
you might like rap that’s wild and wreckless
a soap box for lots young and restless
They got ya head bobbin till ya lose ya necklace
Or betta yet bobbin till it leaves you neck less
-“Live Free” by Lecrae

 

This week Pastor Carlos spoke about how good things can go bad and often things we consider bad can, in fact, be good, especially in reference to music. Throughout the past 10-20 years or so, Christian music has changed dramatically. Over 20 years ago, there were hymns and gospel singers, and perhaps a few “contemporaries” just breaking through the music industry. Nowadays, no matter what type of music we enjoy, whether it is heavy metal, rock, bluegrass, pop, folk, indie, and even rap, we are blessed with the opportunity of having the pick of the litter—music that explicitly worships and honors God.

Music has often been used to perpetuate a bad message, it is not always the case in mainstream culture, but often. Now, we don’t have to sacrifice the taste of music we enjoy or even the quality for terrible lyrics.

I remember a few months ago, walking out of the grocery store with my mom when someone drove by blasting a rap song in his car. It was an “oldie” back from when I was in high school. As he drove past, and the song faded away, I finished the lyrics out loud. My mom laughed and said, “oh my gosh, Katie, you’re a mom now.” We laughed and joked because there are some interests that fade with age and maturity, but as I really thought about it, was it the message I wanted my kid to hear me sing?

You might think, what is the big deal? And maybe it’s not a big deal. But the way I saw it was, was this a message that was God-honoring or sin-honoring? I truly believe there is some music out there that is very neutral, like a sweet love song. No, it’s not talking specifically about God, but it also isn’t a message in contradiction with His Word.

I LOVE rap music, and I have for a long time. I love what it originally stood for: self-expression and poetry, the majority of it based on words rather than instruments. And when a friend introduced me to artists like Lecrae, I was ecstatic. He, like many other artists out there (Tedashii, KB, Andy Mineo, Trip Lee, KJ-52, etc.) preach God’s Word right into their lyrics!

“Uh, I know one thing’s true
I don’t even really deserve to know you
But I… I’m a witness that you did this
And I’m brand new so I… I’m ready to go
And I’mma tell the world what they need to know
A slave to myself but you let me go
I tried gettin high but it left me low
You did, what they could never do
You cleaned up my soul and gave me life, I’m so brand new
And that’s all that matters
I aint love you first, but you first loved me
In my heart I cursed ya, but you set me free
I gave you no reason to give me new seasons, to give me new life, new
Breathin
But you hung there bleedin
And you died for my lies, and my cheatin, my lust, and my greedin
What is a man, huh? That you’re mindful of em?
And what do I have to deserve this love?” (Tell the World-Lecrae)

“Your boy’s been a Christian, quite a few years
Victory and faith, but I failed in my fears
I heard a lot of words that have tickled many ears
That’s why I praise God for the Word that we adhere
The Word became flesh, lived for thirty years
Died at 33, but after days reappeared
Jesus Christ anointed one ascended in the air
Or you can say the air where the Father made Him heir
Of all things,the throne know it’s more than a chair
But after our redemption yes He did take a chair
Greater than the angels name superior to theirs
This is Hebrews Chapter 1 if you cared
I’m leaning to the right
The light is where I’m running
I thought I wanted life, drunk, sexed out and blunted
But all I really wanted was the One who really won it
Fought death, beat it gave His life to the public
I love it!”(Flame ft. Lecrae)

The messages we are listening to do affect us.

So it begs the question…

Is our music edifying our walk with Christ or causing us to sway?

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” Philippians 4:8

 

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Katie Wimberly She and her husband, Nate, have been married for five years and have a two-year old son, Isaiah. She is a licensed mental health counselor, and currently works for a private counseling agency in Statesville and Taylorsville. She attended Liberty University, where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies, and a Master’s in Professional Counseling. She is passionate about seeing people liberated from things holding them back in life so that they can live the limitless life God has called them to.

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