V RaptureChrist Newsletter
August 1, 2003

Hero or Zero?

Rappers sing about money, drugs, guns, gangs, pimps, and violence.


Yes, there is always the element of violence. Bullets and sudden death are more than songs; it is part of their lives.  Many rappers are former gangsters and they often die young. They portray a ghetto-fabulous lifestyle, with gaudy cars, flashy clothes, and guns. 

The non-stop profanity in the lyrics of  "gansta rap" is punctuated by the staccato sound of machine gun fire. With their lyrics, rappers turn the lowest degenerates of society into heroes -- the pimps with their outrageous outfits, layers of gold chains, and bevy of beautiful women embodying the whole persona of the "Playa."

Rappers help create a society where killing cops is cool, but if one works for a living or goes to school, he is a fool.  Their songs are about preteens selling crack on a street corner, or about joining gangs and shooting people.

Their philosophy of  "make money as fast as you can, any way that you can, while you still can." is the exact opposite of what God wants.

God wants people to help others. In contrast, rapper songs are filled with glorification of  murder, pimps, drugs, and money. These hoodlums do not care about anybody except themselves. Most music is filled with the vilest profanity, and women are referred to as "ho's."

It is sad to see a whole generation growing up on the street, fatherless, and with no future, except to become a drug dealer or a pimp.


Are These the Last Days?

God tells us that in the last days the earth will be filled with violence.  Also, that the love of money is the root of all evil.

1 Timothy 6:10
For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

That does not mean that money is evil in itself, but those who love money and power while not helping others end up in hell. See Lazarus and the Rich Man.

Gangsters steal and kill to become rich. They value material trinkets, not knowing that the price they pay for their lifestyle is eternity in hell.

3 John 1:11
Beloved, do not imitate what is evil, but what is good. The one who does good is of God; the one who does evil has not seen God.

God says that in the last days, the world will be as in the days of Noah, full of violence.

Matthew 24:37
For the coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah.

Genesis 6:13
Then God said to Noah, "The end of all flesh has come before Me; for the earth is filled with violence because of them; and behold, I am about to destroy them with the earth.

In the last 50 years we have seen an increase in the amount of violence. The streets are not safe, and the new crop of young people is being fed a diet of gangster rap and realistic video games that glorify killing others. Certainly, none of the songs or games tries to teach people how to help others. 
How much worse will things get before Christ comes?

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