Christian Rap (and Hip-hop) Is A Lost Cause
Sometimes I think this blog site could literally double, triple, or more in readership, if only I would do one thing: support and promote Christian, “reformed” rap/hip-Hop music and its artists. Maybe not, but maybe.
Nah. I can’t do that because there’s something preventing me from doing so, the Bible.
The pressure to do so is out there. James White does it. Paul Washer gave a nod of approval. Most, if not all, New Calvinists have plugged the names of Christian rappers at some time or another giving their approval and consequently boosting their readership and following. Even I did that, in the beginning.
The point is I can’t now, because Christian rap/hip-hop, with the goal of ‘redeeming culture’ is a lost cause. It’s a lost cause because the Bible says the culture of the world is passing away, it is dying already, and in the end, will be stone cold dead – and rap, hip-hop with it.
For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one whodoes the will of God lives forever. – I John 2:16-17 (NASB)
‘Christian’ hip-hop is everything mentioned in I John 2:16-17.
“Christian” hip-hop uses the ways, lusts, pride, dress and manner of the world. It seeks applause and reward from the world. It is altogether worldly.
More than that, it’s a lost cause because the ‘artists’ are walking, talking, acting, singing (if you can call it that) just like the world, and what the world loves.
Attempting to redeem what cannot be according to Scripture. That’s a lost cause.
Brethren, the world is passing away and you will amen that, but when you are told the lust of the world is also passing away – it’s desires, for fame, fortune, notoriety, recognition – then, there is a problem, isn’t there?
Christian hip-hoppers are using what the world loves because it serves their own purposes – and said purpose is not for the Gospel, nor is it for the glory of God, but for themselves.