Christians in Germany are embracing the hip-hop culture and merging these elements with Christianity into a new style of evangelization. The question is why would Christians combine two separate cultures into one? The gospel of Christ doesn’t attempt to do this at all.
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17.
When we come to Christ the old cultures are passed away and we become new creatures with new desires, new feelings, new attitudes and new purposes with a new heavenly culture that’s based on purity and holiness. All things become new while all the old things pass away. We don’t mix the old with the new.
The problem with the hip-hop culture, the rock culture, the heavy metal culture, the jazz culture and all the other cultures of this world is that they are all sinful and corrupt. The entire hip-hop culture came strait out of the streets and ghettos. It was originally associated with break-dancing, DJs, beat-boxing, rapping, graffiti, gold chains and fancy jumpsuits. Sadly, today it has become synonymous with pimps, prostitution, thugs, gangsters, murder, drugs, greed, violence and objectifying and belittling women. This is the new reality when defining the hip-hop culture.
There is no such thing as “Holy Hip-Hop” just as there is no such thing as a Ghetto Gospel, Crips for Christ, Blessed Bloods, Theology Thugs, Pious Pimps, God’s Gangsters, Righteous Rappers, Divine DJs or Hallowed Homeboys.
You cannot mix the sacred with the secular. You cannot mix Christianity with the common. That is called religious syncretism – the blending of two belief systems into one. A new gospel is created and a new emerging culture begins. This results in the creation of a mutant gospel that’s been morphed with the elements of hip-hop.
Many churches in their efforts to reach the young people have blended their worship services with cool, hip-hop music and a night club atmosphere. Instead of preaching the biblical truths of scripture they bring in motivational speakers, storytellers and comedians to entertain their young visitors. Many of these churches have become largely devoid of the gospel, and they do this purposely in an effort to appear relevant for the younger generation. This is syncretism!
Whenever anything is added or taken away from the gospel of Christ, the uniqueness and purity of truth becomes compromised. A new gospel is created which is no gospel at all.
“I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.” Galatians 1:6-8.