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“I am not sure that defenders of Reformed or Christian rappers are capable of seeing the difference between The Three Stooges and Shakespeare.”

D. G. Hart offers good perspective on the recent debate. Here’s his closing paragraph:

I don’t know why it would be offensive to put rap and hip-hop in the same ephemeral category of The Three Stooges, The Simpsons, and Ricky Gervais. To do so is just as implicitly elitist and hierarchical as the white-guy panel was. One difference is race. But were these panelists really referring to race or to a sense that some forms of cultural expression are worse than others? Race may have played a part in their comments, though the rush to find the racist code in their language despite their explicit silence is hardly the best evidence of Christian charity. Still, the overwhelming urge to laud and defend rap as just one more valid and good cultural expression is not a good sign. It shows that the so-called conservatives in the culture wars are just as multicultural as the people who continue to promote race, class, and gender as significant categories for understanding culture.

Read the whole thing.



One Response to “I am not sure that defenders of Reformed or Christian rappers are capable of seeing the difference between The Three Stooges and Shakespeare.”

  1. Show me a Christian song you sing at your church (save the hymns), with as much theological weight as this: ”He’s the image of the invisible God in literal physical form”/its specified in the epistle of John/”No one has seen the Father, save the Son, but when you see Him you seen the Father/cuz they are one / in the same, in substance and name, glory and attributes/the deity of Messiah isn’t up for dispute/and anyone who claims the opposite is a false prophet and speaks contrary to God’s doctrine./So when they tell you there is no evidence in the Old Testament/for the Incarnationyou’ve got Biblical reference/that God dwelled amongst men when He so desired/ and He did it ultimately in Jesus the Messiah” – Hazakim – – – –
    Everybody knows that they’re guilty/Our conscience condemns us, shows us we’re filthy/Truth be told, we really have no answers
    For why we fall short of our own moral standards/The evidence for God is simply bountiful/And it’s illogical to think we won’t be held accountable/A universal day of judgment approaches
    Any rational notion of justice would presuppose this/And deep down inside, everybody knows this/But we disregard it because our deeds are atrocious/We prefer the vicious, our words are malicious/Our slurs pernicious, we find the absurd delicious/
    Depraved in our appetites- the things we crave are lacking light/
    Because sin’s got us enslaved and shackled tight/And if we are to understand the fruit/We need to go back and examine the root
    We’re cursed from our birth, sinning from the beginning/The womb to the tomb, depraved to the grave/Astray every day, every breath brings death/In Adam all die, In Adam all die/

    ===My Reformed brothers…just admit you havent been exposed to this music instead of trying to defend uninformed assumptions. This music is laden with more doctrine than most sermons….and you compare it to the 3 Stooges? wow.

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