DOES GOD LISTEN TO RAP? — Christians and the World’s Most Controversial Music
by Curtis “Voice” Allen
Foreword by Owen Strachan
How can Christians think biblically about art forms that have sinful roots?
Pastor, author, and Christian hip-hop artist Curtis Allen (Voice) presents a sociological history of the emergence and development of rap and unpacks relevant passages of Scripture to address the question of whether Christian rap and hip-hop have a place among Christians generally and within the local church in particular. This joint is sick.
“A really valuable book, and I highly recommend it.” – Douglas Wilson
Curtis Allen is lead pastor at Solid Rock Church in Riverdale, Maryland, and moonlights as a Christian rap artist called Voice He also raps under the name Curt Kennedy. He and his wife, Betsy, have three sons. Curt’s first book was Education or Imitation? Bible Interpretation for Dummies Like You and Me. He can be found at CurtisAllen.net.
Print / PDF 978-1-936760-76-3, ePub 978-1-936760-78-7, Mobi 978-1-936760-77-0
A lot of people think that if there is one style of music in the world that God hates, it has got to be rap. Some have even gone so far as to call rap, “An unclean thing before the Lord,” and to insist that anyone who listens to rap (whether it’s made by Christians or not) risks spiritual harm. ••• Lots of other people love and accept rap as their preferred form of musical expression. Many of these who are Christians can’t imagine why God would have any issues with rap—at least, not with songs by believers that encourage and edify them in the faith. ••• Who’s right? And maybe more importantly, who cares? You should. And here’s why. ••• In the past 30 years, rap music has become a vital artistic and cultural force globally, and it’s showing no signs of slowing down. Like it or not, you are probably exposed to rap in one form or another on a fairly regular basis. If you’re interested in this book you may be a believer in Jesus who likes rap a lot, and as Christians, when we love something that is (if you hadn’t noticed) closely associated with sin and rebellion, our justification for being involved with it really does need to go beyond, “Dude, this is good stuff.” ••• But maybe you’re in a different category. Maybe you’re a Christian parent, concerned that rap music may have a negative impact on your child. Maybe you’re a youth pastor worried about having a rap concert at his church because of the potential pushback. Or maybe you’re just a rap fan who is curious to see if there’s even any biblical evidence for or against rap. ••• To put it simply, if you’ve made it this far, this book is probably for you. Does God Listen to Rap? covers two areas. First, it presents a sociological history of the emergence and development of rap. If you enjoy rap and hip hop culture, you’ll love this part of the book. Then the book explores the Scriptures to bring some biblical (not just personal or anecdotal) resolution to the question of God and rap. Ultimately, this involves a set of larger questions involving God and the arts. So while the immediate focus of the book is rap music, you’ll find here a set of tools for thinking biblically about all forms of human artistic endeavor. ••• So, does God listen to rap? Come find out.
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