Does Christian Rap Please God?
July 9, 2016
I watched parts of some of your videos on Youtube and after praying about it, I still feel the Lord wants me to again, as I did a few years ago, caution you about the genre of rap, and now even more strongly warn you concerning your apparent increased involvement in it. Rap and hip hop are, as we all know, deeply associated with the ungodliness of the world, characterized by aggressive and/or sensual arm and body movements, profanity, rebellion, arrogance, self-promotion, immorality, the drug culture, violence, murder, the degradation of women, and the idolization of wealth, along with the glorification and legitimization of feelings of discontent, of being deprived or victimized, and of anger and rage and lust.
Such things, of course, are not in line with living out Christ Jesus and His holiness, so how is it okay to associate ourselves with such an art form? Is such an art form redeemable? Even if we put clean words into the form, how is this different than mixing the profane with the sacred? How is proclaiming God’s righteousness through this avenue different than if a group would hand out beer cans or cigarette packages with the Gospel message written on the cans or boxes? The Gospel would have minimal effect, at best, by the mixture, by the creation of confusion, and by the promotion of worldliness. How is “Christian rap” different than someone participating with his friends in questionable or sinful activities for the purpose, supposedly, of being a “Christian influence”? God forbids us to mix Him in with that which is worldly or related to unwholesomeness, for mixtures defile the clean and teach that there is no difference between the unholy and the holy. The Lord says this is to profane Him. (Ezek. 22:26) Therefore, even a hint of us mixing with uncleanliness is improper for God’s holy people. (Eph. 5:3) Instead, we are to train ourselves to distinguish good from evil. (Heb. 5:14)
Is “Christian rap” patterned after the world? We cannot deny that it is. Rom. 12:2 tells us not to conform any longer to the pattern of this world. Patterning ourselves after the world is contrasted with being transformed by the renewing of our minds. (Same verse) Then, and only then, will we be able to discern God’s will, that which is good, acceptable, and perfect. (Same verse)
The Lord tells us that only if we separate, and remain separated, from that which is unclean will He accept us. (1 Cor. 3:16,17 // 2 Cor. 6:17,18) If we do not, we will, along with the sinful, receive God’s wrath (1 Cor. 3:17 // Rev. 18:4-8), for “friendship with the world is hatred toward God” (Ja. 4:4) and by such spiritual adultery we make ourselves an enemy of God. (Same verse) “God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient. Therefore do not be partners with them.” (Eph. 5:6,7) Is there any harmony between that which is of the world and that which is of the Holy Spirit? 2 Cor. 6:14-16 tells us there is not. Thus we are most definitely required to cleanse ourselves of defilements (2 Tim. 2:21), to continue to “purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit” (2 Cor. 7:1), and to make every effort to be found spotless and reverent toward God and His holiness so that we won’t fall but instead inherit eternal life. (Same verse // 2 Pe. 1:5-11 & 3:14-18)
I exhort you to reconsider if rap is truly “a platform to witness for the Lord” as you say. Does it turn many from sin and teach people to stand in reverent awe of God’s name and holiness? (Mal. 2:5,6) If our teaching and/or our behavior is a cause for others to think, speak, or behave sinfully or to be careless about reverence toward God and His name, requirements, and holiness, then we invite God’s curse (v. 1-9), even Hell. (Mt. 13:41,42) God is adamant that His people must discern and teach the difference between the impure and the pure (Ezek. 44:23) for anyone impure will not be allowed fellowship with Him or be saved. (Heb. 10:26-31 & 12:14 // 1 John 1:6 // Rev. 21:27)
Who are those people united with Christ? They are those who obey His commands (1 John 3:24) and Word (2:3-5) and conduct themselves just as Jesus did (v. 6) by being led and controlled by His Spirit (Rom. 8:9,13,14) so that they consistently walk in the will of the Father. (Mt. 7:21-23) They are those who behave “in a manner worthy of the calling” (Eph. 4:1), “in a manner worthy of the Gospel of Christ” (Phil. 1:27), and “in a manner worthy of the Lord” (Col. 1:10), pleasing Him in every way while producing the fruit of holiness. (Same verse // 1 Pe. 1:14-17)
Such are the people who have died to Self, and sin, and the world (Rom. 6:1-7 // Gal. 2:20 & 6:14), are conformed to the image of Christ (Rom. 8:29), and are inheritors of the Kingdom of God. (6:22 // Rev. 3:4,5)