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I didn’t think it was possible, but I've found something to appreciate in connection with the rap genre of music. Watch and listen to this video, carefully focusing your attention on the lyrics.

I can’t imagine a more oxymoronic term than “rap music.” I don’t like it for a number of what I think are really good, intelligent, reasons. Among other things, I think it is symptomatic of a dishonest and delusional culture that “rap” would be considered “music” at all. I almost always have a negative reaction to it spiritually, emotionally and even physically any time I hear it. But, that’s just me. At the same time, I have found a lot to appreciate in this video.

I think this video is worth posting for two reasons: (1) because of the clear, powerful and needed truth that is in this song, and (2) because of the validity of, and sincerity in, the plea of these singers—a plea for Christians to reject what is being passed off as preaching today and insist instead upon a return to the real thing (And there are hundreds of thousands sitting in pews week after week who share their sentiments).

These young Christian rappers “get it.” They don't, in my opinion, have much of a grasp of what constitutes real music. But they apparently have a far better grasp of what constitutes real preaching than thousands of preachers and pastors do who roam at large today in and out of America’s evangelical / fundamental churches. Where preaching is concerned many Bible college and seminary graduates could learn more about preaching in five minutes of careful listening to this video than they were able to learn in four or five years in college and seminary.

A lot of preachers should give this a good listen. It will be a source of encouragement to those who are faithful preachers of the Word, and hopefully some pause for reflection (and repentance) to those who aren’t.

“Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

—John 8:32

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