“Yo… Yo.. uhh.. uhh.. Yo… I’M BACK! uhh… ya’ll ready?”
Yeah, I thought about “freestylin” for a moment but my senses got the better of me. I just saw this sign online and I was like, “yo, what up wit dat, dawg?” (I’m sorry, I couldn’t resist). For some who are not fully ‘getting’ my very dry humour, I am referring to the activity that was recently held in Fremont, California that includes “Hip-Hop”.
I thought, perhaps I am getting too old but then again, this is not a matter of age or generations, this is a matter of church doctrine where the Bible stated: “do not conform to the standards of the world”. It may considered popular with today’s youth but it is no reason to permit our youth to conform to its popularity.
One of the main elements of Hip Hop is the rap music. It may have started in the late 70’s or early 80’s as “street or block party music” but is now more associated with gangs, violence, materialism, foul language and degradation of women. The popularity of “gangsta rap” with the likes of N.W.A., Ice Cube, Eminem and other rappers influencing today’s youth. If the Church leaders will encourage the youth to listen to this kind of music, are we not encouraging them to listen and imitate such negative and worldly matters? Tell me, what image is in your head when you think of “Rappers”? Guys with trousers down to their knees? Snoop Dogg smoking weed? Chris Brown? (hmm) Is this where our youth will get their source material? One could argue, “then just don’t listen to the ‘bad rapping’”. Most of today’s rap music IS either about arrogance, sex, violence, drugs and every form of evil. Tell me, when was the last time you heard “clean, pure, positive rapping with no foul language”? Or perhaps they can listen to other religions perhaps? Other churches that promote the Trinity perhaps? Is this where they shall get their source? Have we forgotten what the Scriptures declared? Because this was drilled in our heads when we were young: “do not imitate the detestable customs of those nations.”
I am not opposed to music. I am not opposed to the youth being up to date or modern. But we cannot permit them to be influenced by such negative matters of this world. Why not be original? Create music that is not associated with gangsta, drugs or foul language. It is not just a matter of changing lyrics to make it wholesome; it is a genre that is built upon the image of street and breaking of the law. I have seen young brethren use the term “INC4Life”. Where do you think that originated? Original? Try N.W.A’s (pardon me) “Niggaz4Lyfe“ which was the first gangsta album. Is this where the Church is headed? Just to keep connected with the youth we would permit them to listen to hip hop? If they learn to appreciate this genre wouldn’t they listen to the most popular ones like Jay-Z and 50 Cent? This is in total contrast to what should be taught to them. Instead of teaching them to avoid these, we are encouraging them to sample and learn this genre and everything that goes with it. Remember what God wanted from the teachers of the law?:
“And they shall teach my people the difference between the holy and profane, and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean.”
Somehow, that line is becoming more blurred when the young brethren are permitted to act and perform like rappers.
This is what we were taught the Apostles taught:
Since you are God’s people, it is not right that any matters of sexual immorality or indecency or greed should even be mentioned among you. Nor is it fitting for you to use language which is obscene, profane, or vulgar. Rather you should give thanks to God.”
Let us ask the Church Council to go back to the basics. Don’t try to be hip because you don’t want to lose the youth. Let the word of God be their strength. Let them remain holy. Let them learn how to truly give glory to God with hearts that are pure.
As they say.. Peace Out.