A tough question for all the theologians out there…
When is Christianity optional?
I’ve been hearing that there are Christian rappers and then there rappers who are Christian, that there isn’t a music genre for Christians to call their own, and that gospel is a different kind of musical grouping from “Christian rap, Christian reggae, Christian rock, etc.
When was the gospel according to Jason found? Or when did Paul say that we should let non-believers come to us instead of us going to them?
Christianity is not optional. We cannot separate our calling from who we are. We are smeared, covered, drenched, we are to be soaked in the blood of Christ and whatsmore, we are to have His blood coursing through our veins until we are no more ourselves. If this is the reality Christians are to live in, there is to be no separation between us or anything we do.
Evangelism and Sunday morning preaching are not separate entities. The only difference between them is the location each takes place in regularly, possibly the clothes they wear. Evangelism is to be a constant reality in a Christian’s life. It must be present in the way we dress, our conversations, how we treat other people and even the way we look at others.
Music is a topic that always peeks my interest because, i love music. Not secular music though, Christian music. I’m not saying that people who are not Christian’s are not blessed with talent or skill (yes they are different) and even secular artistes can be more versed in their “artform” than many Christian artistes, but none of these realities means that secular music is edifying, encouraging, Christ-centered… good.
If i may quote one of my friends by his alias on a post he made recently on Facebook, Mr. Yannick Alexander posted this quote which reads:
“We have noted the powerful tendency in our culture to objectify everything and everyone around us-to make them objects that are to be arranged within our ordering of our world. We have also noted our penchant for then grasping those objects and bringing them under the agenda we have for the shaping of our work according to our own desires and purposes.” M. Mulholland. If we continue, the world would become a place that is dangerous.”
I believe that the author of this quote is dead-on in his analysis of the agenda of many people (including myself) in our day. The frightening thing about it is that it happens with the most sacred of things and people too, and the most sacred of all, God’s Word and our calling so love, obey and serve Him with all of our hearts souls minds and strength.
Colossians 1 describes the Christian’s position beautifully:
9 For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;
10 That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;
11 Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;
12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:
13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:
14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:
15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:
16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.
18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.”
This is to be the daily life of a Christian: in need of God’s will, thanksgiving to our Father for His mercies, walking in the kingdom of His dear son and acknowledging that in all things, He has the preeminence.
Another passage that outlines our conversion from darkness to light is Ephesians chapter 2 as verses 1-9 show’s God’s abundant grace and our past works of the flesh and God’s regenerating power at work in our lives and what has been prepared for us to do as seen in verse 10:
10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
And then all culminating in verses 19-22
19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;
20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;
21 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:
22 In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.
I know, i may have just put the entire chapters of Colossians and Ephesians but if i did, it would have been inconsistent of me and inconvenient for readers if i had put the rest of the Bible to round off the point that our Christianity is not relational to the lives we lead away from Bible study, rather, we are to be a living study of the word of God and as a result, be as “the prince of preachers” Charles Spurgeon describes John Bunyan and
“Why, this man is a living Bible! Prick him anywhere; his blood is Bibline, the very essence of the Bible flows from him. He cannot speak without quoting a text, for his very soul is full of the Word of God.”
This sort of life is neither impossible for all Christians nor is it grevious but a easy yoke, a light burden and a place of rest for our souls (Matt. 11:28-30). I’m not saying that every other word we utter Jesus’ most precious name, but we are to represent the King in all things and be the light that we are called to be.
God bless you.