Tuesday, January 27, 2009

S.O.S.

Man have I had a rude awakening recently! I've learned so much from great ignorance on my part. I've always heard to heed other peoples' mistakes so that you don't make them yourself. Well I'll let you guys in on my own mistake, hoping that you'll heed my idiocy and run the opposite way.

It's no secret that I'm a Christian. If it wasn't obvious, now you know. I have banked my entire life on the sacrifice of Christ. He's my Savior and Rescuer. Before I became a Christian, I needed to be saved, to be rescued, and Christ fit that mold. But I think there's a tendency for people who've been rescued to forget. Forget what? I forgot that I didn't need a Savior just when I wasn't a Christian. I still need one today, and every day. In the words of Mr. Krabs from Spongebob, we need Jesus, "...the next day, and the next day, and the next day, and the next day," (favorite episode! he does that for like five minutes...hilarious! moving on...)

My point is, don't make the mistake and forget that you need Christ daily, not just once and for all. Yes, His sacrifice was once and for all, but our sinful nature is still with us and we're needing to be rescued from it everyday. That fight against our flesh is hopeless without our Savior on our side. I forgot that and soon enough I was back into my old self. I forgot about my rescuer and I began to live like I was never rescued at all. And it's taking me great time and pain to get back to Him so please, please never forget our great God who saves, daily. Remember that without Him, we are nothing, we our hopeless, we are people drowning in our own selves. Please remember that it is Christ who rescued you and who rescues you. The cry of S.O.S., the plea for Christ to save our souls, should never cease in our daily prayers. Remember that there's never no need for a Savior.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Why Have A BFF...?

 Because they send you awesome stuff like this when you need it most:


I sought Him but found Him not.
Tell me where you lost the company of Christ, and I will tell you the most likely place to find Him. Have you lost Christ in the closet by restraining prayer? Then it is there you must seek and find Him. Did you lose Christ by sin? You will find Christ in no other way but by the giving up of the sin, and seeking by the Holy Spirit to mortify the member in which the lust dwells. Did you lose Christ by neglecting the Scriptures? You must find Christ in the Scriptures. It is a true proverb, "Look for a thing where you dropped it--it is there." So look for Christ where you lost Him, for He has not gone away. But it is hard work to go back for Christ. Bunyan tells us that the pilgrim found the piece of the road back to the Arbor of Ease, where he lost his roll, the hardest he had ever traveled. Twenty miles onward is easier than to go one mile back for the lost evidence.

Take care, then, when you find your Master, to cling close to Him. But how is it you have lost Him? One would have thought you would never have parted with such a precious friend, whose presence is so sweet, whose words are so comforting, and whose company is so dear to you! How is it that you did not watch Him every moment for fear of losing sight of Him? Yet, since you have let Him go, what a mercy that you are seeking Him, even though you mournfully groan, "O that I knew where I might find Him!" Go on seeking, for it is dangerous to be without your Lord. Without Christ you are like a sheep without its shepherd, like a tree without water at its roots, like a withered leaf in the storm--not bound to the tree of life. With your whole heart seek Him, and He will be found by you. Only give yourself thoroughly up to the search, and truly you shall yet discover Him to your joy and gladness.

- C.H. Spurgeon

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Holy Hip Hop?

Okay
, I know..random post. Even more random since I haven't written in months. It sounds even more dramatic when I say I haven't written since last year! Frankly, once you get out of the habit, it's really hard to get back into it. That's been the story of my life lately actually. Eh, but that's another post for another time. I decided to write about something that was a little controversial instead: Christian, or dare I say, Holy Hip Hop. Not to say it was completely random. Good old Piper made me think about it
here.

I am a strong proponent of Holy Hip Hop, Christian rap, or whatever we're calling it these days. I know many, including my dad, who are a little skeptical about it. I guess those types have reasonable doubt to assume such things. Considering that rap doesn't have a great rap (definitely no pun intended, I'm not that lame..), I can see why its hard for people to see how something so sinful can have anything Christian or holy about it. But you know, one would have to use that line of reason in themselves. Weren't you, weren't we something so sinful once? How on earth were we made to be Christian or holy? I think we're billions of times worse than the most crude and disgusting rap song ever created. But if Christ's blood can wash and clean people as sinful as us, I'm sure He can do it to something as insignificant as rap.

I just wanted to help present and lay the case for holy hip hop because I truly believe that it is a major force behind the new resurgence of interest in Reformed theology among youth. Here is a couple of my favorite material, directly from those "no good rapper dudes":

"We're elected and chosen, predestined just to behold Him, now I've got joy from my shoulders on down to my Achilles'. I don't need money forever, dibs of eternal inheritance, spiritual rags to riches like Beverly Hillbillies." - Lecrae, "The Truth"

"This is a call to introspection, some interjection into men's perspect since God calls them into question all their mindsets and behavioral patterns, "I gave you a pattern" He says, "But I'm afraid you're in Adam." So you're made in a manner that we called depraved in this grammar. It's just a big word to describe that you enslaved and you cannot find the power to even do the good you desire..." - Ambassador, "Free"

I could quote so many more theologically rich lyrics, but we'd be here all day. All I'm saying, is don't knock it until you try it. Yes, I know that music tends to be a cultural thing so if it's not what you're into, it's all good. I just want to show the way God is awesomely using great men like Lecrae, Ambassador, Cross Movement, 116 Clique, and countless others, who follow other great men of this movement such as John Piper, John Mac, R.C. Sproul, Sovereign Grace and other men and ministries, to glorify His name through their words. Praise God who can turn the lowest things, even us, into vessels that He graciously uses for His glory.


P.S. - I thought it'd also be cool to show you how these guys show respect for men like Piper and MacArthur.

"I got a back pack full of tracks plus I keep a Johnny Mac so we can pound it out" - Lecrae, "Jesus Muzik" referring to a MacArthur bible.

"Everybody listen up, don't just like us. Let Jesus Christ switch your life up, the mic's a tool that we use solo to end cyphers, to bring glory to God like John Piper..." - Cross Movement (Ambassador), "Clap Your Hands"

If only we all glorified God like John Piper and like these holy hip hoppers...what a cloud of witnesses we would be!