Modern Monday – July 25, 2011 (Sorry it’s late)

26 Jul

Welcome to the first installment of Modern Monday! It would’ve actually been on Monday if I had not locked my computer in the Sanctuary on Sunday night and forgotten to get it yesterday. Every week on Monday we’re going to look at a song by a current Christian artist and talk about it. This week, it’s “Don’t Waste Your Life” by Lecrae. Get excited.

Don’t Waste Your Life

Brace yourselves. It’s rap.

This excerpt from his biography came straight from his artist page on the Reach Records website. You can find the whole bio here.

Raised by his mother, Lecrae Moore moved around a lot, giving him the versatile background and cultural awareness he carries with him. San Diego, Denver, and Dallas have once been home to him and the street life he idolized and pursued. Along the way, like many in the inner city, he took to rapping as a way of communicating his thoughts. It wasn’t until after high school his Hip Hop background was redeemed and his hobby became a passion.

At 19-years-old, at the encouragement of a Christian leader, Lecrae attended a conference and heard James White deliver a message that turned his world upside down and showed him his need for a Savior.  Shortly after, armed with a contrite heart and new spirit, Lecrae printed his testimony and passed it out across the University of North Texas campus. The next five years would include many struggles and victories before he teamed up with Ben Washer to found Reach Records.

Without further ado, let’s get into the lyrics.

Let’s Go
Don’t waste your life, man

Verse 1 (Lecrae):
I know a lot of people that are scared they gon’ die,
Couple of ’em thinkin’ they’ll be livin’ in the sky
While I’m here livin’ man I gotta ask why,
What am I here for I gotta figure out,
Waste my life, no I gotta make it count,
If Christ is real then what am I gonna do about,
Everything in Luke 12:15 down to 21 ya really gotta go and check it out,
Paul said if Christ ain’t resurrected we wasted our lives,
Well that implies that our life’s built around Jesus being alive,
Everyday I live I try to show the world why,
Christ is more than anything I’d ever try,
Better than pretty women and sinning and living to get a minute of any woman and men that you admire
It aint no lie!
We created for Him,
Out of the dust he made us for Him,
Elects us and he saved us for Him,
Jesus comes and he raised us for Him,
Magnify the Father, why bother with something lesser?
He made us so we could bless Him, (Bless Him)
Tell the world we confess Him,
Resurrects Him,
So I know I got life,
Matter fact better man I know I got Christ,
If you don’t see His ways in my days in my nights,
You can hit my brakes you can stop my life,
Man I lost my rights, lost my life,
Forget the money, cars and toss that ice,
The cost is Christ,
And they can never offer me anything any better that would cost that price

Hook (Cam):
Don’t wanna waste my life, life, life,
Don’t wanna waste my life, life, life,
Don’t wanna waste my life, life, life,
Don’t wanna waste my,
Don’t wanna waste my, (x2)
Don’t wanna waste my life

Verse 2 (Dwayne Tryumf):
Armed and dangerous
So the devil just can’t hang with us
Christian youth come and stand with us
Livin’ n driven, given a vision, fullfillin the commission he handed us
London to Los Angeles
The rap evangelist
My daddy wouldn’t abandon us
“I got a back pack fulla tracts and I got a Johnny Mac”
So are you ready to jam with us, so lets go
Gimme the word and lets go
Persecution lets go
Tribulation lets go
Across the nation let’s go
Procrastination let’s go
Hung on the cross in the cold
Died for da young and the old
Can’t say you never know
Heaven knows
How many souls are going to hell or to heaven so we gotta go in and get em

Hook

Verse 3 (Lecrae):
Suffer, yeah, do it for Christ,
If you’re trying to figure out what to do with ya life,
If you make a lot of money hope your doin’ it right,
Because the money is God’s, you better steward it right,
You stay focused, you ain’t got no ride,
Your life ain’t wrapped up in what you drive,
The clothes you wear, the job you work,
The color your skin, nah you’re Christian first,
People get it living for a job,
Make a little money start living for a car,
Get em a wife, a house, kids and a dog,
Then they retire, they living high on the hog,
But guess what? They didn’t ever really live at all,
To live is Christ, and that’s Paul I recall,
To die is gain and for Christ we give it all,
He’s the treasure you’ll never find in a mall,
See your money, your singleness, marriage, talents, your time,
They were loaned you to show the world that Christ is divine,
That’s why its Christ in my rhymes,
That’s why its Christ all the time,
See my whole world is built around Him,
He’s the life in my lines,
I refuse to waste my life,
He’s too true to chase that ice,
Here’s my gift and time,
’cause I’m constantly tryna ta be used to praise the Christ,
If He’s truly raised to life,
Then this news should change your life ,
And by His grace you can put your faith in the place that rules your days and nights,
YES!

This song is just EXPLODING with Biblical references. Here are just a few:

“Paul said if Christ ain’t resurrected we wasted our lives…”

1 Corinthians 15:12-19 – “Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain. We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified about God that he raised Christ, whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised.  For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied.”

“Waste my life, no I gotta make it count,
If Christ is real then what am I gonna do about,
Everything in Luke 12:15 down to 21 ya really gotta go and check it out…”

Luke 12:15-21 – “And he said to them, ‘Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.’ And he told them a parable, saying, ‘The land of a rich man produced plentifully, and he thought to himself, “What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?” And he said, “I will do this: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have ample good laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.” But God said to him, “Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?” So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.'”

“To live is Christ, and that’s Paul I recall,
To die is gain and for Christ we give it all…”

Philippians 1:21 – “For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.”

“He’s the treasure you’ll never find in a mall…”

Matthew 13:44-46 – “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls, who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it.”

“Livin’ n driven, given a vision, fullfillin the commission he handed us…

Matthew 28:18-20 – “And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.'”

If an artist calls himself a Christian artist, check the lyrics. Check the content. Do that with any song. Don’t just listen to the sound. Don’t just gravitate toward the style. Listen to the Gospel and gravitate towards Jesus. And now, the song!

 

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One Response to “Modern Monday – July 25, 2011 (Sorry it’s late)”

  1. woostermter July 29, 2011 at 3:58 pm #

    ONE OF MY FAVORITE JAMS AND ARTIST!!! The Wolffs also love Lecrae! Thanks for the post!

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