Theological, Historical, and Pastoral Reflections
Excellent. I am glad you posted this. We, in our church hope to spend time with the young teens this mid-term break teaching them what to look out for and what to avoid when it comes to music and tv. I would be happy to show them this as a good example. Thanks.
Bob,I don't know what happened to your comment. But it's too good not to have posted. Bob Cleveland said...I don't like rap. Never listen to it.This is GREAT!
Reformed hip-hop artist, Javon Mackenzy, had sampled some excerpts from a James White sermon on Hebrews, which he had released on his last album. Dr. White played it towards the beginning of a Dividing Line some time ago (http://www.aomin.org/podcasts/20101028.mp3), but it's definitely worth checking out (the songs actually called "Pioneer").
Of the reformed rap artists lyrics I have seen these were the best. It was not filled with "Dawg" and other street slang that further corrupts otherwise solid lyrics. I say further corrupts because the music itself is corrupted. I firmly believe music is moral. Music evokes emotions of love, joy, peace, exhuberance, pride, anger, lust and so on. Rap music comes from a violent drug culture that lifts up self, pride, arrogance, anger and death. In Christian circles it is commonly argued that music is neutral. In fact I think that only in Christian circles is it argued that music is neutral. This is the excuse most use for bringing CCM into our churches. The world knows music is not neutral and they use this fact to deceive millions. Here are a few quotes from those in the secular arena:William Kilpatric (non Christian) professor of music ed at Boston College, "Rock can't be made respectable the music will simply subvert the words. No matter how many reforms are attempted, rock and rap will always gravitate in the direction of violence and uncommitted sex. The beat says do what you want to do."Gene Simmons from KISS, "That's what rock and roll is all about, sex with a 100 megaton bomb - the beat!"Frank Zappa quoted in life magazine 1968, "Rock music is sex!" and "The big beat matches the bodies rhythms."Ted Neugent "Rock is the total celebration of the physical."Deborah Harry, "The main ingredients in rock are sex and sass."John Oats, "Rock and roll is 99% sex."Malcom Malorea, "Rock and roll is pagan, primitive and very jungle."Jimmy Hendrick, "Perhaps my music is sexy, but what music with a big beat isn't?"Leonard Bernstein, "Music does not have to pass through the brain to reach the heart."Howard Hansen - Eastman School of Music, "Music has powers for evil or for good."I hope you can see that even though the lyrics in the rap were good, the whole is corrupted by the music. The foolish music corrupts all the wisdom.Ecclesiastes 10 Dead flies make the perfumer’s ointment give off a stench; so a little folly outweighs wisdom and honor.
Hello Calvin. And what will you say about african music? what about our african beats?
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