Yesterday was Halloween and, as usual, I went to my parents house and helped them give away candy to all of the trick or treaters that rang the bell. Good times!
I remember growing up in a Christian valued household in which we never celebrated Halloween. However, my mother would always buy candy to give out to the neighborhood children. She would always take her time and tape a little scripture to the wrapping of the candy.
Don’t ask me why, it’s just what she did.
This year, I got a few requests to perform or speak at hallelujah nights in various churches. If you don’t know what a hallelujah night is, it’s basically an alternative to Halloween. Kids show up, get candy, play games, and have a great time at church. I decided to hang with family instead...
This prompted me to think about us as Christians and all of the things we do as alternatives to the world or the culture.
I in NO WAY mean to speak against or attack hallelujah nights or harvest festivals at churches. This is just how I stumbled across this revelation.
As a Christian hip hop artist, we have fundamentally been thought of as the “alternative” to mainstream rap. The veritable “vegan burger” of rap music. “Taste’s similar, just better for you.”
But what does it really mean to be the alternative of the original? Does it mean that I was called to merely spend my life cleaning up that which the enemy has perverted?
But that wouldn’t make sense because you can’t pervert something less it was once pure...
Hmmm... lemme head to my Bible...
Psalms 24:1-2 “The earth is the Lord's, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein. For he hath founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the floods.”
Through that familiar passage of scripture, the Lord revealed to me how all of this is His and through my relationship with Him, I have a direct connection to the creator as creativity is also his.
As Louis Vuitton sells a pair of sneakers out of their store for $1,000, there is always someone who’s selling a knockoff imitation out of their trunk for $60 bucks. We’ve all seen them... the bootleggers! Looks the same on the outside but it’s certainly not the LV!
Would Louis Vuitton ever go to the bootlegger to try to figure out and copy what they were doing??? Absolutely NOT!
Why not??? Because the creator doesn’t copy the perversion.
Which tells me if my relationship is with the creator of the universe, then all creativity does come from him. Which means I should never limit myself to being a copy of that which is already a bootleg!
Through my relationship with Him I am the original. I am called to be the pioneer, not the alternative. I am called to be the creator, not the bootlegger.
I am called to be the example that the world envy’s and hungers to emulate.
Why??? Because I serve at the pleasure of the creator of the universe.
Christianity is not the healthier version of the world. The world is the knockoff of the truth.