so i am a little hesitant to blog on this topic. but, in a way i feel i need to defend myself so here it goes.
i love rap. plain and simple. i am a really fast-paced, up-beat person and rap just matches my style perfectly! one of my favorite things to do is roll down all my windows, turn up the bass, and blare my rap music. (and just so everyone knows, honda accords have some legit bass.) so the other day i was doing just that and then i started thinking about the words i was rapping (quite well i might add haha) and was amazed that i honestly knew every single word to that song.
before i start, i want to make a disclaimer. i am still going to listen to rap, i still love rap, and i still want to know all the words to some songs so that i can pretend that i can rap.
ok. continuing. i was just thinking about all the verses that talk about only letting good and wholesome things in, and what comes in goes out, and all things should be edifying to the Lord.... the list goes on. and i sat there and thought, 'this lil wyte song is probably not that edifying'. shocking, i know.
God has called me to be in the world, but not of it. for me, sometimes that is a very hard thing to do. its hard to find the line of being relatable but still different.
i love goofing off with my friends and dancing and rapping. and i think it is so important that i be able to do that with them and truly enjoy it. but what i was convicted of is when i am not with my friends, and when im not trying to get ready/hyper before i go out, i really dont think i should choose to fill my mind with those things. when it is just me, it would probably be a good decision to listen to "good" music haha
so the decision i came to was that i am definitely still going to keep up to date on my rap knowledge, and i am still going to absolutely break it down when my rap songs come on, but when it is just me i want to do a better job of filling my mind with things that are edifying to my heart and worshipful to the Lord.
which leads me to why i feel that i need to defend myself haha. i also love christian rap. and seriously, everyone makes fun of me for it! but, check out these lyrics then click on the links below and then you tell me its lame...
"Some places if they catch you they'll arrest you and they'll serve you, but they still need the word too. The gospel should be heard too. We claim we ain't ashamed, but we ain't hit the block up. Were in our christian bubble, while our brotha's get'n locked up. Lord i wanna stock up, pack a bag and walk up in a country where my faith may get me shot up anywhere i go, whether my city Lord or far abroad, i just wanna show 'em Jesus Christ the risen Holy God."
"Naw I ain't sweaty and my breaths pretty steady, My feet don't hurt and my legs ain't heavyI'm still in the marathon, I keep the pace steadyTemptation is quick, but the Spirit stay readymy eyes on the prize, yeah, they fixed on Christ, Hydrated in the Word but the joints are tightthat's why I get with a coach, who can stretch your boy, who can push, pull, train me and test your boyand blooka , blooka yeah you heard the gun that means run off the blocks, run! The Son is where I stay focused, Avoiding sin and I pass the baton to the faithful men, and we never run in vain or for finite prizes, so when the race is done there will be no surprises The world says quit, we ain't tryin' to hear it, cause to quench our sin's thirst is to quench the Spirit..."
"I just can't get this HeIs one but eternally exists in three That's crazy our minds cant grip this we Need to realize we men so our pictures weak Just try to understand how he came as a man But remained I Am, all things in His hand Say what? The King was slain as the lamb When He came to the land that He made with His hands Say what? Just try to make your brain understand He's so big man's like a grain in the sand That picture's too big for a frame but my plan is to grow I pray my picture of the King will expand I could study forever and read all day But still wouldn't understand the King all the way I got a long way to go, but I'm pleased to say I get to live my whole life just to seek His face"