Thank you all both for responding to the poll and for your comments. One of the things I most enjoy is reading and participating in the conversations that happen in response to a posting. The hip-hop posting has generated a lot of comments; and a lot of passion. And some times a lot of talking past each other.
So, to hip or not to hop?
A more focussed question is “Can the genre of hip-hop be redeemed?”
Let me present a few things to you, and ask a few questions before I give my answer.
A man spends his younger years torturing and murdering Christians in the name of his religion. He studies hard to learn all about his religion and uses the power of the state and his religious organization to attain his objectives. He is one of the most accomplished and well known men in his culture and he uses that talent to persecute, imprison, and kill Christians. Can this man be redeemed?
Another man is spiteful, down right hateful. When God gives him a on an errand, he refuses to go, purely because he so hates the people God directed him to. He wants to see his enemies destroyed by God, not brought into a relationship with Him. He doesn’t want to present a message of repentance to them at all. Can this man be redeemed?
A woman is a prostitute among the heathen. She hawks her…um…”wares” every day in the city. She has spent years as a idol worshipper offering sacrifices to false gods. Can she (not her prostitution or the idol worship) be redeemed?
A man has spent the last twenty-one years rejecting God, shaking his fist at Him, spitting on the cross His Son died upon. He has committed adultery, – if not physically, then at least in his heart. He has refused to forgive people. He has lied, cheated and stolen. He was selfish, vain, arrogant, petty and more than willing to take advantage of other people. Can this man be redeemed?
Fortunately, the last one could be, and was redeemed. That last man was me. Did God redeem the vanity, the arrogance, the stealing and the cheating? No. Did he redeem the cheater? Yes.
The woman? That was Rahab, the harlot in Jericho. She was used by God to help the spies escape. And she became the great-grandmother of David. Got her name listed in the Hall of Faith in Hebrews 11:13. And if she (not her prostitution) had not been redeemed, who would be the great-great-multi-great grandmother of Jesus?
Jonah, the spiteful fellow, was used to turn an entire city to God, saving them from destruction. And even in his anger at God’s display of mercy, was comforted and trained by God. He was redeemed.
And I’m sure by now you have guessed that the young persecutor is none other than Paul, formerly Saul of Tarsus. He, who was steeped in legalism, was redeemed as was his training, and God graciously used him and that which had been used against the church to write such letters as Romans, Galatians, and Ephesians.
Now listen to and read the lyrics from a song by Yolanda Adams.
I would suggest this song, the one by Yolanda, is useless. It serves no purpose other than make people feel good about being religious. And the style, if you will, sounds like something you would hear in a club. But I suggest it’s the lyrics that make the song an insult to God, not the style of the song. I happen to like club music, just not some of the lyrics (such as they are).
Can God redeem the hip-hop genre? Give a listen and read the lyrics to the following song using the hip-hop style.
What is inherently evil in this song? Is there anything inherently evil in the Adams song?
And just as a bonus for reading this to the end, here is a bonus song by Shai Linne, done in the hip-hop genre.