Posted on Monday, April 15, 2013

Discipleship as Revolution

The current trial of Kermit Gosnell, the horrific abortionist in Philadelphia, has tragically highlighted that our culture does not value the lives of children (if you are not familiar with the case, I encourage you to check out 3801lancaster.com). Sadly, this is very true in today's hip hop culture as well, where women are frequently objectified as mere items for men's pleasure, discarded to deal with whatever effects that objectification may bring, including children.

In a society like this, having, caring for, sacrificing for and training children is a revolutionary act. And it is one of the biggest reasons why I wrote Lyrical Catechism. My hope and goal is not to sell a bunch of albums or be regarded as a great rapper (though I wouldn't mind either of those) but rather, that through the music, parents of precious children would be eager to pass on the way of the Lord to their children. I pray that parents listening to each song would have the strong conviction to deliberately and regularly train their children to believe and think like a Christian.

I think of John Owen's well known quote from The Mortification of Sin "be killing sin, or sin will be killing you". In this case, be training your children or the world will be training them. There is no option to lapse in this task or do it sloppily. We've all heard the tale of a child who grew up in church only to abandon it in their teen or early adult years. May this never be so for any of you reading this or listening to the album.

Please join with me in praying that God, in His grace, would use Lyrical Catechism to spur on parents to train their children, that our culture would be transformed by the powerful act of children being loved and cared for and that Christ would be exalted by it.

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