On occasion I have been accused of corrupting the youth, my children and other colleagues. Maybe I haven't been quite as successful at this as Socrates, because I haven't been forced (yet) to drink hemlock. I'll let you be the judge if you will simply read on.
Last week a colleague of mine sent me a link to this hilarious, yet serious, rap on the Heidelberg Catechism.
(Actually, I'm his mentor and it seems I've influenced, if not thorougly corrupted him.) This "cat rap" as I shall call it, is the curious result of a challenge by C.J. Mahaney to rapper Curtis Allen. I hadn't heard of either of these dudes (the term seems fitting), though I've read some good things by Kevin De Young, whose recent book on the catechism occasioned Mahaney's challenge.
I played this rap last week as the conclusion to my devotions at our congregation's Leadership Council meeting. To say that it met with mixed reviews would be akin to saying World War 2 was a minor skirmish--especially after I suggested I play it in morning worship some Sunday. ("You do that and I'm gonna pull the plug." And "Well, the youth would like it!!!)
But hey! We're talking about trying to be more welcoming and culturally diverse and accepting and daring.
What do you all think of this remarkable production? By the way, I really, really don't like rap. Give me Ian Tyson, Jann Arden, Leonard Cohen, Gordon Lightfoot or Nora Jones any time over any rap. Oh yeah, Handel's Messiah ain't bad either, but Haydn's Creation is the absolute best. Regardless, this "song" does make some provocative points about communicating the Gospel. How does style or packaging affect the contents of a message? You be the judges.