Has Christian Hip-Hop Become Lukewarm?
Has the CHH Genre become lukewarm in recent years? My name is WOAHDANIEL and I'm an Independent Artist. I'm posing this question to start an important conversation in our community. I too fall under the CHH Artist label sometimes since I'm a Christian and a Hip-Hop Artist. I need to be aware of how my brothers in Christ are doing in their walk with God and in their walk as an Influencer. I also need to monitor my own behavior as well.
"but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a heavy millstone hung around his neck, and to be drowned in the depth of the sea." - Jesus Christ
CHH Artists can carry the weight of having millions of eyes on them at one time. Whether they realize it or not, they now have a responsibility to behave like there's an important mission at stake, because there is. CHH Artists boldly proclaim the name of Jesus in their music and content, but proclaiming His name boldly is useless if the proclaimer has no love in them. 1 Corinthians 13 If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. (2) If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. (3) If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.
Using Jesus' Name for Fame
There really are people in this world who use the name of Jesus for their own personal benefit. Kanye West is a great example, but let's save that discussion for another time. Jesus warned in Matthew 24 that "many will come in my name, saying, 'I am the Christ' and will deceive many." Can you think of anybody who's referred to themselves as The Christ, The Messiah, Jesus Himself, or God Himself? (hint, re-read this section). Jesus spoke those words over 2000 years ago and His word is still true to this day. The reason why people use the name of Jesus is because His name truly holds weight in this universe. It holds power, authority, and honor, because God exalted His name above every other name. That's why we have people to this day trying to be Him, longing to be like Him, pretending to be the Holy One. On the bright side, we know that no man can ever take His place no matter how many followers or how much power he gains.
Should CHH Artists look up to other Artists who openly mock their own Savior?
(This section is written based on my opinions and experiences)
This is something I've always been bothered by. As a younger version of myself, I looked up to secular and Christian artists, at different times. I first discovered Hip-Hop on the internet, and of course it led me to listen to vulgar and profane music as a young teenager. After High School, I discovered Christian rap and it blew me away. I had no idea Christians could rap, and I thought it was the coolest thing. I re-started a new playlist of music that I would listen to consisting only of Christian music, because at the time I was sick and fed up with the extremely vulgar music I would listen to. Then, my eyez were opened and I realized that secular artists openly mock the same Savior that I wake up and pray to every single day. What's bothering me more is that I started seeing many similarities between Christian Hip Hop Artists and Secular Artists. Christian Hip-Hop Artists seem to be chasing the same wins and following in the same steps as Secular Artists because of their success in music. It's almost as if success in the music industry is really #1 in their mind and not The Mission. Christian Artists even seem scared to challenge bigger names in the music industry, the same big names that offend the very Savior that Christian Artists claim to live for. When Kanye West announced his "conversion", a lot of Christian-based platforms and Artists saw it as an opportunity for money and clout, so they immediately accepted his "conversion" as true. In my personal opinion, when Kanye announced his "conversion", it didn't sit well with me. I saw a wolf in sheep's clothing in my EYEZ.
It really takes an observant person, but take this interview as an example. Kanye is claiming to have found Jesus. At one point he claims to just be a recent convert, and in another he feels like a prophet from God and is setting out to build church-like buildings and a church-like community. He also talks about saving our planet and building a new utopia-like society. He truly sounds like a "Christ-like" figure that actually doesn't follow Jesus (not saying he is THE anti-christ, but he does have the anti-christ spirit). Kanye west is a man with power, wealth, and fame. He truly can accomplish a lot of his dreams, but is he following God's plan to save souls or is he more in love with humanity and the world? Jesus didn't come to the world to save it, He came to us to save souls. A Christian knows that this worldly life is fleeting and just a pilgrimage to the next life. The most important mission as a Christian is not to save the planet, but to save our souls from the eternal fire.
Like I said, this was mostly my personal opinion. I'll leave my name and information at the bottom of this blog post if you'd like to contact me. You can leave a comment on the post down below. Let's keep pushing each other toward's Christ and keep each other accountable!
The Church is under attack
We have an enemy that prowls like a roaring lion, ready to kill, steal, and destroy. CHH Artists are part of the Church, so naturally the enemy is after us as well. Sadly, many will fall victim to the lures and worries of this life. Rapper or not, we're all fighting principalities and powers in the spiritual realm. There's only one clear way to salvation and that's through Jesus Christ. It's a big deal, that's why we need pray for each other and be vigilant.
To answer the originally posed question. Christian Hip-Hop can't become lukewarm, as long as it is what it says it is. Christian Hip-Hop Artists, however, can become lukewarm. Some have given up the faith, some have been exposed for scandals, and some seem to bask in the glory of their wins and success a little too much. We were given high standards by our Lord and Savior. Yes there's grace, and we all need it, but we can't be God's children if we look up to and support the devil's children.
- Written by WOAHDANIEL