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Setting the Mind on Things Above March 22, 2007

Posted by larrylaz in Random Musings.
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Joe,

Thanks for stretching my thinking on the issue of Christian rap.  In all honesty, I don’t think I have too much to add.  Whether one likes Voice’s style of music or not, I do think it’s clear that this is a man with a heart and a mind for God, and that is a delight to see.  Whether I am a fan of his music or not, the mingling of affection and reflection is always a joy, and Voice certainly seems to have that.  Will I be singing hip-hop in heaven?  I can’t say I’ve ever thought of that before, but I agree that one of the implications of Christ coming for every tribe and tongue and language is that there will surely be varying styles of worship in the New Jerusalem.

That is one of the things I remember taking away from my trip back in ’05 to India.  It was such a joy to worship with these men and women, though there were times when I did not understand anything that was being sung.  It reminded me both of the curse that God put on humanity at Babel, and of the great work of redemption that He will do in His creation when we join together as one unified chorus around the throne.

But beyond your actual musings on the possibility of your being the “P-Diddy” of heaven, I think what I most appreciated  about your last post was your ability to take even the small things of life and think big, Kingdom thoughts about them.  This is a special gift of yours, as this most recent post was only one illustration of something I see often.  In Colossians 3 Paul tells the Colossians (and us),

“1If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. 3For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.”

As we make our pilgrimage through this world, it is so vital that we keep our minds fixed on things above, lest we be lured away from the glories of our Savior and our eternal home and begin to cultivate the terrible lie that this world is home.  It is a precious gift to have the capacity to think about something as seemingly small as a rap musician and use the imagination to cultivate God-centered thoughts.

Thanks for setting the example.  No matter how much imagining we do, we will certainly be surprised and amazed by the wonders of our heavenly abode.  But to set the minds on things above can only help us to be of more earthly good here in this life.  So perhaps that could be Step #5 in pursuing social justice?  All of life — music, television, current events, everything — ought to be an occasion to ponder the glories of Christ.  Again, thanks for setting that example for me and the rest of the Blog Nation.

Seeking to think God’s thoughts with you,

Larry

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