I normally don’t cover (or care) about intra-mural Reformed stuff like this, but it does raise a few points on Christian liberty, cultural relevance, and such. NCFIC (National Council of Family Integrated Churches) panel was asked what they thought of “Reformed Rap.” They gave the typical white, fundamentalist response. Their response, which was untactful apart from whether it was right or wrong, drew a firestorm.]
I’ve never listened to Reformed Rap for the same reason I don’t listen to any form of Christian music: it is B- quality with usually better lyrics. Occassionally I will listen to some Western-ish gospel-ish music, but even then it ain’t no Hank Jr. So, I don’t see anything wrong with listening to Christianese music.
While I think much of rap is an inferior art form, I have some rap songs on my iPod for when I work out. As long as the lyrics aren’t cursing or talking about “capping hoes,” I don’t see the problem. Of course, there are arguments that the musical background of Baroque is superior to the modern pop culture, and I think a case can be made for that. But I don’t think Christian rap, so-called, is a sin.
And then there is the problem that Botkin is associated with some of the worst aspects of Vision Forum culture (and this is stuff before the recent scandal). I expected Morecraft to share a panel with Botkin, but I was surprised at Beeke’s presence.