The Collab that never happened

The Collab that never happened

The Collab that never happened

A letter FOR Andy Mineo not TO Andy Mineo

Dear Christian Artists,

First let me get the preliminaries out of the way. I am a nobody. That’s my autobiography.  This is not my attempt to get shine or become known because I put Andy Mineo’s name in this letter. I usually limit my rants to Facebook as that is my domain and area to vent so this is quite out of the norm.  I had a dream to write this letter and was in my dream given the scriptures to use in this approach so that it would not just be me attacking anyone.

There was a story of a rich young ruler in Mark.  He came to Jesus, knelt and said basically, what must I do to inherit Eternal Life?  He refers to Jesus as Good Teacher.  Jesus replies with the sentiment, why call me good?  There is none good but God.  Jesus then says something we are all familiar with. He names some of the commandments and a few extra requirements. The young ruler states he has kept all those.  Jesus the Christ, Son of God, and reason for our Salvation says this: One thing you lack sell all you have give to the poor and then you will have treasure in heaven and come and FOLLOW ME. The NASB states unequivocally that he states this in love.  The young ruler inevitably was saddened and grieving and went away because he had much property. (Link)

Jesus then turns to his disciples and begins to teach on the discourse that ends in the “camel through the eye of a needle” passage.

Now as an artist, you are probably asking what does this have to do with Andy Mineo? Recently Andy via a link posted on MTV stated that he is inspired by Kanye West and would love to get into a conversation that would lead to a collaboration. He also mentioned that he thought J. Cole and other rappers might be of interest citing the popular phrase “beasts” in his assessment of their vocal skills.  He stated that a conversation with one or some of these artists and/or a possible collaboration would inevitably (paraphrasing) may be something that could be beneficial.

Collaboration; hmmmm; exactly what type of collaboration between Kanye, J. Cole and Andy Mineo would be beneficial or positive?  First and foremost some would say he we are exposing Kanye, J. Cole and other non-believers to the Gospel message as is the aim of Reach Records – 116 clique. (Google it). It would serve to introduce the world at large to an unknown giant in the Christian rap  arena. It would also serve to introduce a one on one dialogue to artists like Kanye and J. Cole who may not understand the Gospel message completely.  There seems to be only one issue.  Kanye’s lastest album is called Yeezus and J. Cole  (whom I have never heard of outside of google) chose to name his lastest body of work Born Sinner.  Would titles like this indicate that J. Cole and Ye have never heard the message or would it indicate they have both heard the message and chosen to continue on the path that best suits the desires of their hearts?  What about all the believers who have NOT heard the music of either of the two artists? Is it necessary to expose them to such works for the sake of winning them over to a Christ they seem to already know about?

In the text given to me in my dream, I had no clue how this tied into the subject. I racked my brain over and over again until it totally made sense. (Thank you Holy Spirit). A man who was already wealthy and well off came to God and asked God what must I do to inherit eternal life. God replies with something the well off ruler already knew. The ruler replies with I have already kept all “behaviors” outwardly to be called a believer and seemingly inherit eternal life. God responds and asks the ruler to do something the ruler has not attempted to do: give up everything and follow Me.  The ruler is saddened and grieving and leaves the presence of the God.  Here is where it all made sense.  At no point in the story does God or the disciples reach back out to this individual to restore, explain or work things out.  The disciples make no attempt to make the ruler feel better.  Jesus turns his attention to those who are actively following him and continues to use the example of the departed grieving rich ruler as an example to the struggle that will plague others just like him: complete submission.

After God had fully disclosed what He needed to disclose to the ruler and the ruler rejected what God had to offer, the two parted ways. There was no need for any further communication, no need for any further instructions or sermon; no need for any collaboration.

Christian artists, I pose a question for you in this context, if Jesus and His followers didn’t feel the need immediately to reach out to an individual that clearly knew the practices, requirements & mandates of  God, was already established and well off and still chose to reject God, why do you?  Why do you feel the need to continue to collaborate with those who grew up in the teaching of the Lord and chose to venture out into their own fields of music that contradict and combat the Gospel message you proclaim is your focus?  The Gospel needs no help from us, the devil, the world or our own actions or desires to validate itself.  It is self sufficient.

I looked up the word collaboration to see if there is something that could end this letter and bring it all home and this is what I found this:

col·lab·o·ra·tion   kəˌlabəˈrāSHən/ noun

1.  the action of working with someone to produce or create something.   Ex: “he wrote on art and architecture in collaboration with John Betjeman”

The second definition is where it all hit home for me.

2.traitorous cooperation with an enemy.

I guess the only question is now which collaboration are you planning on doing?

Sincerly yours,
M

 

8 January 2014 Blog

2 Responses to “The Collab that never happened”

  1. Kai says:

    I can certainly appreciate the sentiment of this article, and as a Christian artist, I agree that an overt collaboration with a non-believer is ill-advised. However, I do have some concerns about the example given for a few reasons:

    One of the fruits of the Spirit of God, as it is conveyed in Galatians 5, is the fruit of long-suffering. I have encountered countless testimonies from individuals, including myself, who “grew up in the church” but turned to a prodigal path. However, in the midst of those prodigal seasons, I found the Lord still relentlessly pursuing me. After years of this pursuit, it finally clicked in my soul that there was nothing else worth living for except Jesus Christ. To provide some background, I was a hip-hop artist who was a huge fan of Kanye, Lupe Fiasco, Jay-Z, etc. Yet, my ties to those artists and their work was ultimately insufficient to keep me away from surrendering it ALL to Christ… including my music. I mention this to say that it took more than one encounter with Jesus to get me here. The rich young ruler story is a cautionary tale about allowing the material appeals of this world to hinder your seeking of God. The alternative prescription is Matthew 6:33 – “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” What I’m not so sure of is the extraction of an evangelistic framework for the 2014 version of the Rich young ruler. I do not believe that we’re supposed to look at that historic account in Mark 10 and conclude that we should cease to reach out or communicate with those who once firmly rejected the gospel, in word or in deed. If that’s the case, then maaaaany evangelists are wasting their time. Thus, your statement of: “There was no need for any further communication, no need for any further instructions or sermon; no need for any collaboration.” seems a but presumptive. Honestly, we don’t know what ultimately happened to the rich young ruler. We’re only given that instance. I could give you plenty examples from my life where the Lord asked me to give something up, and I went away grieved. However, His long-suffering nature caused Him to still send people who would minister to me and encourage me (even in my rebellion). However, if I were to simply write one of those instances from my life where I went away grieved, and someone read it a thousand years later and assumed that I just stayed that way forever, they would be mistaken. Now it’s very well possible that the rich young ruler did abandon God, but it’s not definite. Therefore, since it isn’t definite, I believe that we should refrain from using that story to conclude that any person of influence/renown is worthy of excommunication if they reject the gospel immediately or even repeatedly. There are simply too many testimonies that prove God is able to save to the uttermost. My testimony included. Most of us had to be told by our parents numerous times to do something before we actually did it. Yet, any good parent, would emphatically repeat their instructions (sometimes along with severe punishment) for our own good. The neglectful/uncaring approach would have simply been to tell us “don’t touch the stove” once (or not at all) and then just leave us alone in the kitchen with the red-hot oven eye. We serve the type of God that fights for people. We should do the same.

    Now do I believe that Andy Mineo should hop on a song with these artists? Absolutely not. Do I believe that he should reach out and build relationships with these artists for the sake of potentially introducing them to the real Christ? Absolutely. I think Andy’s problem isn’t his motives, but rather his tactics. I think Andy simply needs more rigid boundaries in his dealings with unsaved artists. That’s where we as intercessors should step in a pray for art its like Andy (consistently), instead of being so quick to write about him on our preferred social outlet (no disrespect to your particular post, because I do believe these discussions do have a place), My stance is if that person/issue is not a consistent prayer-focus of mine, then I’m not going to speak on it. There’s a quote that says “Talk to God about man, before you talk to man about God”. If we followed that, I believe much of our energy would be better spent in the prayer closet than on the blog site or on Facebook or Twitter, etc. Many of us write/criticize these artists, and we consider that to be our intercession. We never utter a single prayer for them after that. Within two days, we’ve forgotten all about them.

    So I say all that to say what Jesus said in Matthew 9:37-28: “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.” No laborer is perfect, therefore, neither is the labor. However, since people like Andy Mineo, Lecrae, etc. have at least said “Yes” to the call (that few respond to), we should at least be willing to drench them in prayer, not criticism. We should also be drenching Kanye West, J. Cole, etc. in prayer as well so that when the Lord does speak to them, either directly or through another person, they will have hearts to receive the word with meekness and humility and lead their families in the ways of the Lord. Sometimes it can feel like Christians actually want unsaved people (who are in the spotlight) to perish in their sins. It should never feel that way. Prayer is not the means to an end, it is the ultimate end itself. There is no greater evangelistic work than intercessory prayer. Thus, pray for the conversion of Kanye West and also for the sanctification of Andy Mineo. Both souls are precious to God.

    Lastly, you mentioned the disciples lack of chasing after the rich young ruler to evangelize, preach, etc. However, they do go on to incredulously ask “who then can be saved?” after Jesus gives the eye-of-a-needle analogy. Jesus’ response is ““With men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible.” That is Jesus’ response to their direct inquiry of how people like the rich young ruler could be saved. Leaving the end conclusion to be: possibility. In Matthew 21:28-32, Jesus gives the following parable:

    28 “But what do you think? A man had two sons, and he came to the first and said, ‘Son, go, work today in my vineyard.’ 29 He answered and said, ‘I will not,’ but afterward he regretted it and went. 30 Then he came to the second and said likewise. And he answered and said, ‘I go, sir,’ but he did not go. 31 Which of the two did the will of his father?”

    They said to Him, “The first.”

    Jesus said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you that tax collectors and harlots enter the kingdom of God before you. 32 For John came to you in the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him; but tax collectors and harlots believed him; and when you saw it, you did not afterward relent and believe him.

    Many tax collectors in that day were wealthy. Thus, who is to say that the rich young ruler didn’t eventually regret his decision and go on to obey as the first son in the parable above? Similarly, who is to say that even though Kanye West has rejected the full gospel in the past, that he will not regret it later on, and walk as an obedient son? With God, all things are indeed possible.

    • Wow! I recently went through a situation at my church with my worship team. They were singing secular songs during the worship service. Songs like “Unconditional Love” by Katy Perry and “Roar”. When you listen to those songs they don’t sound bad but why are they in our Worship Service especially since weeks before I had watched the Grammys’ where Katy Perry performed in what looked to be a very cult-like performance with demons and witchcraft. When I asked why are we singing these songs I was told that we bring secular songs into our worship service in order to reach the unbelievers and make them feel comfortable. When I first came to know Christ it was me coming into a service and feeling “uncomfortable” about some things I was doing in my life that made me cry out to God. I was convicted. Conviction doesn’t come from being “comfortable” in one’s wrongdoing. Just because we live in the world doesn’t mean we have to be a part of it. God called us to be a “Peculiar” people. It is nice to know that there are Christian Artists who are standing up for God’s word. Be Blessed! monique delphin

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