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Fresno Concerts & Events
In a few days Christian Rapper, Bizzle, will perform in Fresno, California. Will you be there?
Misinterpretation and limitations set on how Christians are 'allowed' to worship God has in the end stifled who worships God. This rings especially true for today's youth. Churches have gone as far as banning certain genre's of music, like Christian rap, from the sanctuary because it's supposed connection to 'hip hop' culture. This is nothing new though, it's been happening for years when it comes to music. Problem is, God is the creator of music, right? If that is true, why do we continue to allow the world to steal what God created for good? Who says a sick beat can't have a holy connection? And last I checked, the root of ALL music was created with the intent to worship God. Don't believe me?
Lets take a closer look at THE most musically influential book of the Bible, Psalms. Over and over again we hear David, express his praise and worship for God through song.
Psalm 150: Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens. Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness. Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre, praise him with timbrel and dancing, praise him with the strings and pipe, praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals. Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD.
Now fast forward a few books to Daniel Chapter 3, and we see a completely different story,
Daniel 3:4-7 Then the herald loudly proclaimed, “Nations and peoples of every language, this is what you are commanded to do: As soon as you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipe and all kinds of music, you must fall down and worship the image of gold that King Nebuchadnezzar has set up. Whoever does not fall down and worship will immediately be thrown into a blazing furnace.” Therefore, as soon as they heard the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp and all kinds of music, all the nations and peoples of every language fell down and worshiped the image of gold that King Nebuchadnezzar had set up.
What do these two passages have in common? Many of the very same instruments David (a man after God's own heart) used to worship and praise God, just a few chapters later, are used to influence an entire kingdom to fall to their knees and worship idols. Does that mean we should we put away the flutes, the harps, and the trumpets because they were once used to worship idols? No, because it's never been about the instrument, the beat, or the music... its always been and always will be about who and what we worship with the music.
How do we not see this is all a part of the enemies plan... music confronts our brokenness, it communicates our pain, it unites us and connects our differences in ways nothing else can. If Satan comes to steal and destroy...why wouldn't he want to destroy the very thing that was created to worship and glorify God? He has done this from the very beginning. Prior to his banishment from heaven, scripture points to Satan as a leader, having influence in part, through music (Isaiah 14). We all know he was self serving and worshiped his own interests over God so why would that change? What needs to change instead, is for us as believers, to have a greater understanding of the power and influence music brings.
So here we are...yes faced with a time where most lyrics promote sin and self-Interest, all the while complaining about a generation that worships Money, Sex, and Drugs over morality and virtue. The way I see it, we have a choice to make... we can continue to hand music over to the influence of the world or we can use it to encourage our youth to live lives that honor God?
Still have doubts that a profound message can come from rap... take a listen and tell me this song doesn't explain salvation better than most ministers can preach it.
We live in a world where standards have been compromised- in music, in character, in relationships, in the quality of how we live...and the list goes on.