photoWhat kind of music do you listen to? I like contemporary Christian, country music, rock and roll, worship music, beach music, easy listening, and even some classical.  I would have to say, I am not a fan of rap music… well, that is until today.

Much of the rap music out there today sings of the degradation and objectification of women.  In many cases the songs glorify pimping, drugs and violence. The survivors of human sex trafficking I know have shared how rap music was all their pimps played, much of it very violent in nature.

This morning I grabbed my iPod for my morning run and searched my playlists for something upbeat.  [Before you wonder if I’ve been invaded by the body snatchers, let me explain. Those of you who know me well know I don’t run.  I hate it, in fact. However, my son wants us to run a 5K together when he comes home in August and being a mom who loves her kids, I agreed.  So, I’m trying to work up to it. Now back to the post. ]

I noticed Sam’s 10K playlist was on there, so I decided to play it.  With him overseas for three months, I’ll do just about anything to feel close to him. The first couple of songs were familiar to me, like the Anthem by Jake Hamilton.  Next came the rap music.  I almost changed the playlists to one of mine, but I decided to tough it out and keep running.

As I listened to songs by Lecrae, 116 Clique, and Tedashi, I realized that all rap music is not alike.  Christian rap music is quite possibly the most Biblically sound music out there. Most of what they sing in rap music comes straight out of the Word of God, just translated into street language.  One of the songs I listened to was Send Me by Lecrae.  The chorus comes straight out of Isaiah 6:8,

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”

The song goes on to challenge the listener to get involved in spreading the Gospel and fulfilling the Great Commission [Matthew 28:18-20].  The end of the song is a strong challenge to the listener when he says,

Yeah… the Great Commission says make disciples of all nations

Have we even made them in our own nation?

Come on Christians

Missions exists because worship doesn’t

People don’t worship the God that made them

We ambassadors…. Let’s Go!

What I learned from my son’s rap music is all rap music is not the same.  There is some incredible rap music out there I can fully get behind and may even quote from time to time.  Depending on the song, instead of challenging the music, we may need to allow it to challenge us.

What kind of music are you listening to? Is is challenging you? Is it making you more Christ like or more world like?

I’d love to hear your comments on rap music here.  What has been your exposure or experience with it?

*Other rap songs I listened to on my morning run that I’d recommend: Truth by Lecrae, Amped by 116 Clique, Fanatic by Lecrae, and Represent by Lecrae.