Much to my surprise I recently discovered that Tedashii, my favorite Christian rapper, actually studied under my pastor, Mitch Maher. Tedashii’s lyrics are impressive, holding strictly to sound Bible doctrine. Tedashii will be headlining the NGEN Boomin’ concert on Tuesday, August 6 in Houston, and I encourage everyone to come out and see the show with me. He has an excellent catalogue of music, and has reached as high as #2 on the Billboard Gospel Chart, and #9 on the Billboard Christian Chart. Additionally, the KSBJ/NGEN concerts are excellent, and the KSBJ Birthday Concert earlier this year was an absolute blast.
1 Peter 2:11 Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul.
Romans 8:13 For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.
In the song “Make War” Tedashii does very well to espouse the desperate need for believers to aggressively make war with the sin in our lives. The song was inspired by a sermon from pastor and author John Piper, in which he said:
“I hear so many Christians murmuring about their imperfections and their failures and their addictions and their short-comings, And I see so little war! ‘Murmur, murmur, murmur… Why am I this way?’ MAKE WAR!”
See the song with lyrics below (I strongly suggest reading them):
“My heart, my passion, my desire is that we would have men who would fight sin, and at the end of the day, produce other men like them in discipleship.” -Tedashii
The John Piper sermon mentioned above was inspired by a famous teaching by English Puritan Theologian John Owen in which he said, “Be killing sin or it will be killing you.”
It can be all to easy to fall into the snare of downplaying the danger of sin. Conversely, the necessity of uprooting and completelely killing sin can not be emphasized enough. Often times when aspiring to overcome our afflictions we compartmentalize or don’t go the full measure in addressing our issues. Sadly we often leave ways for our sin to somehow find it’s way back in the door. So many kings of the Old Testament did what was right in the sight of the LORD and yet failed to remove the high places where the sacrifices were made to idol gods. Each time this led to the people of Israel eventually falling back into the old rituals of sacrifice at the high places – straying from God – returning to their old idols. This is symbolically similar to how, you and I, while striving to honor God, often fail to remove every last opportunity to return to our sin. We must be fully dedicated to completely removing all areas for temptation so that once we overcome a sin we are done with it once and for all. Like cancer we must remove every last remnant so that we will never be afflicted by the illness again.
Hopefully I will see many of you at the NGEN Boomin’ show, and we will all be inspired to make war with our sin! MAKE WAR!!!