"You better lose yourself in the music, the moment
You own it, you better never let it go
You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow
This opportunity comes once in a lifetime yo
The soul's escaping, through this hole that it's gaping"
Slim Shady, Eminem, Marshall Mathers, Rabbit, whatever alias he takes on, had it right here for a moment-- but not about the worldly success he's referring to. That's not worth trading one's soul for.
"Seek Him while He may be found." That's the Lord being referred to and that's Scriptural.
You may have only a moment when the Holy Spirit is knocking on the door of your heart.
You may only get one shot, to seek freedom in the Lord before your heart hardens.
This vulnerability may only come once in a lifetime.
You may die tomorrow.
"The soul's escaping, through this hole that it's gaping.."
When you commit yourself to God, you must turn yourself completely to him and lose your old self-- withholding nothing. There's a lot of Christians and false Christians out there who are holding something back. Perhaps they originally committed themselves, but then God has placed something on their heart for them to let go of that they won't. They are in danger of falling away because they are not surrendering to God that very moment. Every second is grace.
I have fallen to this trap of Satan and by God's grace I have finally given up what's been holding me back step by step. I've let go of an emotional attachment God wanted me to with much difficultly and today I let go of my fascination with a musical artist that is corrupting our society.
His name is Marshall Mathers-- a musical prince of this world who has reached the top with his music and evil controversy. Disrespecting women, violent, and hating homosexuals, Eminem has burst into the scene with surreal intensity. Somehow, hordes of people are drawn to his music. He speaks to the crowds. They can relate to his pain and get caught up in even the urge to lash out.
Like many secular rap artists, Eminem's behavior has come out full force in his real life. He's assaulted a man with a gun and even those behind his upcoming movie "8 Miles" had to carefully consider his hostile nature before taking him on as a lead actor. They figured that there was only one Eminem-- that they had to deal with what comes with the package.
As I said, I've been sucked into the music up to now-- despite my own extreme aversion to evil. I want you to see as parents and as individuals who have been drawn into the music, the beat, the lure-- whatever it is-- to realize that Eminem's music is of Satan and his influence needs not be embraced. Even if you do not hear these words when you listen to the music, it's there and Satan's power has the opportunity to take it's grasp upon you.
Here are some of the horrendous excerpts of from the song, "If I Get Locked Up Tonight." Whoever reads this I encourage never to go near the influence of Eminem again nor let your children be allowed to listen to it while in your home. I am coming from the perspective of a 22 year old college student who would otherwise love Eminem's musical style:
1. "Hell yea I punch my b@*#)( and beat my kids in public Suck my d@*#, b@(#*#. I'm sick enough to f#** a man in his face but I won't Cause you'll probably wanna stand in his place."
2. "I set a f****** girl on fire with a curling iron (AHH!)"
3. "I'll have a f****** man raped with a band-aid over his mouth and shove his head in the fan blade."
After being subjected to such intense lyrics, it is good to receive a strong dose of God's Word. Here is what God has to say on these matters:
19The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I WARN YOU, AS I DID BEFORE, THAT THOSE WHO LIVE LIKE THIS WILL NOT INHERIT THE KINGDOM OF GOD.
22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. 25Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.
So let's spend our time focusing on the things of God. However, our approach to speaking to others about these matters should be carefully considered as well.
1Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted.
One final point. There is terrible danger if you intend to go on dwelling in the worldliness of the world for entertainment! This is what God has to say about those who do not obey God and how darkness should not be entertained! I myself have struggled with demons bothering me and I believe that those who delight in the carnality of this world set themselves up for prime attack from the evil one.
5For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person--such a man is an idolater--has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. 6Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God's wrath comes on those who are disobedient. 7Therefore do not be partners with them.
8For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light 9(for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) 10and find out what pleases the Lord. 11Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. 12For it is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret.
Please consider surrendering your entire life to God-- not just your restful Sunday morning-- for that's what God commands to be a child of God.
Christ be with you,
So be it.