Very rarely do I attempt to write on a societal issue that is directed toward a certain culture or can be interpreted as toward a particular race. There is never any registering in my mind to do so. God has always led my passion to mainly focus on my universal family of believers, as well as future eternal matters and even having lovely talks with the atheists of this world.
With that said, there is a very popular hip-hop song that came out fairly recent entitled “My Nigga”. Ummm, really??? Catchy beat + great hook = SUCCESS! 50 million Youtube views, in the Billboards. Also, the popularity of the website “WorldstarHipHop” has boomed. This is a Youtube-like website that recommends daily videos to watch. While a few videos are positive – a great majority consist of publicly uploaded videos of brawls, visually/lyrically explicit music videos, embracing thug life, twerking, and other things of the like. This is sad. While this has always been around, the troubling feeling is the current “efficient ease of access”. There is now a structured website that hands out this crushingly negative information. This, in turn, quickens the psychological game that is ultimately being played by the powers of Satan.
(Note: I am NOT referencing ALL hip-hop music as bad; NOR am I depicting the African American race/subculture as negative in any way. My goal is not to derogate those two topics, but to gently and carefully increase our awareness of what Satan is twisting in this domain of urban culture)
What used to be a slow and tedious process of injecting misogyny, encouraging violence, thwarting education, inspiring jail time, and praising egotism in numerous ways over time… can now be found in a single musical song. Or, more efficiently, in a quintessential website.
May the dark underworld rejoice at this profound time! They worked long and hard for moments like these. May they take a lunch break from their quest to further the universal acceptance of all evils – they are dancing as they triumph over this current victory. A victory of domino effects.
What is extra devastating is that it is hard for a person inside that lifestyle to see flaws. Sometimes things can be seen dimly but it is very tough to see the sinfulness inside a bubble if what you have always seen is inside that bubble. There is no standard to relate to. The sinfulness becomes normalized and looses its evil stench. Now that God has graciously taken me out from that paradigm I can see the scary flaws inside the bubble most clearly. However, before I went to college, I was in that bubble almost everything seemed normal. Just as a kid in the slums of India plays in the mud and finds it fun … so did I find that music and culture as a way of life. If someone would have came up to me and told me otherwise, I would have classified them as weird. And I was in the AP and honors classes! So you know some miscues social miscues are at play here. How do we fix this when it is so rampant and deeply in the urban ethos? Where is the hope and mercy? It overwhelms me at times.
Firstly, the sin is not in the music. It is in our hearts (Matthew 15:19). The origin of music can be explained by the usage of it in heaven (Revelation 5:8-9, 14:2-3). Because there is music in heaven (and because God is to be praised, Psalm 95-105), we have an inherent earthly desire for it. Which is why the scriptures continually push us to sing and make joyful music for the Lord. Something is us is longing to be satisfied. When we hear a song that we like there is a strong sense of a celestial experience. The Avett Brothers, Kanye West, Brad Paisley, and Coldplay do that for me … wow, my ears fell in love at first soundwave. My emotions would physically stir within me, as my brain would soak in the lyrics and random combination of instruments. Funny, it doesn’t take long for a new song to grow “old” on me. In heaven, to the contrary, there will be no humdrum of hearing. We will never get tired of the His music because His infinite glory will cause the extinction of “dullness” as we know it.
Satan has slowly and steadily been working on our culture and society to develop what we currently accept as music. His slow artwork on the American ethos has been ever-so progressing closer and closer to a larger “collective” acceptance of sin. We need to be better aware of his plots in music, TV shows, movies, online, marriages, political systems, etc. Oddly enough, Satan doesn’t have to do much anymore. He used to have to drive the wheel for us. Lately, it seems we have been in a state where Satan can be more inclined to sit back and relax and let the sinfulness of man (i.e, Total Depravity) take the wheel of the bus as it uncontrollably heads toward a ditch.
Anyone that is in or around that culture, please hear this: You are not stuck. Keep.Getting.Up. With our Savior Jesus by our side, we know that the outcome of it all is secure. The cross is where love and mercy meet. How long will it take for us to accept what is freely given to us? Again, the sin is in our hearts. But Ephesians 1:19-20 is going to say that the same great immeasurable power that God worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead is also in those of US that believe!!! Now let’s grab that … let’s grab it, think it out and eat it. For those who believe, the same power that raised a beaten/torn Jesus from the dead is now at work in us. In the deepest sector of our being…the power of God is working and chiseling away the sinfulness and making us more and more holy. This gives our sin-filled society, a much-needed glimpse of holiness and joy. This is why we do not celebrate us, we celebrate Him. Faith heals and trusting God empowers in a way that has historically changed entire cultures. You lose, Satan.