I’m not normally into hip-hop or rap* but recently I saw Google Play was offering a free download for a “top hip-hop album of 2013”. I decided to check it out, especially since it seemed to have some religious themes.
Well, …I will spare you most of the ugly details (although you can find an excellent review of it here). But one of the tracks is called “I am a god.” He’s joking, right? Sadly, the lyrics in that song and his sacrilegious marketing campaign stem from an out of control ego or worse.
But his attitude is more common than you may think.
“Really? I don’t know many people who say they are a god.”
True… very few people say it out loud. But think about how we respond to the exclusive claims that Jesus makes. We don’t like it when he says he is the boss. In fact, people have been rejecting Christ for millennia. And, to be honest, I have that attitude in me, too. It may not be as explicit (pun intended) as this artist, but every time I sin, I’m really saying, “I want to be my own Master. I want to own me.”
So who is Jesus?
If Jesus is just another religious teacher, then who really cares if one moral code works better than another? But if he really is our creator, owner and master, then it affects everything… our driving, cooking, working, romancing, playing, spending, and dying.
Back on January 12th our passage for the sermon was Philippians 2:9-11. It says that after Christ died on the cross the God the Father “exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every other name.”
If you want to think about this further, take a look at Philippians 2:5-11, and try to answer this question: what exactly did God the Father give God the Son? (Philippians 2:9). And listen for a few minutes to S.M. Lockridge (now passed away), as he describes Jesus in “That’s My King!”
* When I say I am not normally into hip-hop or rap, there is one huge exception: one of my favorite artist in any genre is hip-hop artist Shai Linne. Get his incredible album “Attributes of God” from Amazon or iTunes.