I am a big "gospel rap" fan. I know that does not sound like something a preacher should say but it is true. As a child of the late 80's and 90's, I grew up listening to Run DMC, LL Cool J, Tupac and Biggie Smalls. However, once I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior, I stopped listening to those guys. The vulgar language became too much for me to handle. On the other hand, while I enjoyed listening to contemporary gospel and Christian music, I desperately missed the head bobbing beats and memorable hooks of rap music.
Several years ago, a neighbor introduced me to a consortium of artists rapping about our Lord and Savior Jesus the Christ. I was instantly hooked. The beats were live. The hooks were once again memorable. And the language was both clean and inspiring.
One such song is "Say I Won't" by my favorite artists Lecrae and Andy Mineo. The hook to the song says "Say I won't (why y'all scared to be different?). Say I won't (why y'all scared to be different)".
I love this song as it dares Christians to be different. We have been called to be in the world but not of the world. We have been called to tell a dying world that the acquisition of money and power should not be the primary goal of our lives. We have been called to reject the pressure of political correctness and preach the Word in season and out of season. We have been called to illuminate the virtues of righteous living. How can we be a light in the midst of darkness if we are walking in the same darkness ourselves? How can we be the salt of the earth if we are unwilling to take a stand for our Christian beliefs? We have to live differently!!!
If the song "Say I Wont" would have existed over 2000 years ago, it could have been the theme song for John the Baptist. John was different. His clothes were made of camel's hair. His food was locusts and honey. (Matthew 3:4) And John's message was different from that of the Pharisees and Sadducees as well. He was not concerned with maintaining the status quo and traditions. He was interested in saving souls. John boldly proclaimed "You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. And do not begin to say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham as our father.' For I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham. 9 The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire." That does not sound like the politically correct messages that spew from many of our pulpits today. John was different.
What about you? Are you scared to be different? Are you scared to resist the pressure of political correctness for the Gospel of Jesus Christ? Are you willing to live differently for the sake of your marriage and your relationship with the Lord? The ways of the world are detrimental to our marriages. The world encourages us to be overly expressive individuals only concerned about ourselves. It is not interested in us listening to and learning one another. Instead, the world wants us to have a microwave relationship that focuses on satisfying our own individual needs. Unfortunately, microwave relationships dissolve just as fast as they are cooked. Lasting love requires patience, sacrifice, forgiveness, grace, mercy and perseverance. These biblical principles can only be slow cooked in a crock pot.
In 1 Corinthians 13, the Apostle Paul says "love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails". (1 Cor 13:4-8) You have to be different to love this way. While it takes time and effort to learn how to love this way, it is worth it. Try it and Watch Your Marriage Succeed!!!