There was an awards show I watched a few years ago—I want to say it was the BET Awards hosted by Will and Jada, but don’t hold me to it—where the host gave a list of rules, one of which went to the tune of: “If it ain’t Jesus related, don’t be thanking God.”
That’s the first thing that comes to mind when I listen to this spoken word poem by P4CM poet, Eric Vaughn. I find it baffling that artists who rap or sing about drugs, sex, and money, tell girls to “pop that pussy,” or brag about their girlfriends having girlfriends, have the audacity to step on that stage, accept their award, and speak into that microphone, “First and foremost, I wanna thank God . . .” Do they really think God approves of them promoting sexual immorality, homosexuality, violence, greed? I wonder if even half of these artists do the things they say they do in their music. Back when Plies was the hottest new rapper, I used to joke that he was probably still a virgin.
These artists sing and rap about such things because they think that’s what people want to hear. They write a song about how much they hate their ex because everyone goes through bad breakups and would easily identify with and attach to the song. They write a song about drug use because everyone’s doing it, poppin’ mollys, sippin’ on lean, smokin’ weed—hey, it’s legal in two states! They write songs about sex because sex sells. Well here’s a tip:
Romans 12:2 says, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
People really need to pay attention to the music they listen to. Pay attention to the music you accept into your hearts and minds. Stop allowing your kids to listen it. Music has the biggest influence on the youth today. When I think of that, my mind immediately goes to Matthew 18:7, where Jesus says, “Woe to the world because of the things that cause people to stumble! Such things must come, but woe to the person through whom they come!” Don’t be that person. Don’t let the artist you listen to be that person. It wouldn’t hurt to add some gospel music to your playlist. You may find that it gets you through the day better than any song with sexual acts or gunshots heard in the background.
The Bible says that “if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted” (Galatians 6:1). Stop supporting these artists and their sin, and don’t be tempted by their worldly music.
Now, let’s hear Eric’s thoughts on the subject.