Today comes word of yet another death in the rap music “community.” Rapper “Chinx” aka Lionel Pickens, who’s debut album is titled “Hurry Up & Die Vol. 1: Get Ya Casket On” was driving his Porsche Panamera 4 through the streets of Queens NY about 4am yesterday (5/16) morning when multiple shots were fired in to his vehicle killing him and critically wounding his passenger.
Those who know me know of my profound disdain for the musical genre that has been used to glorify and further popularize a culture that is not only destroying millions of lives in our nation’s inner cities but is even spreading to small town America. I could easily wax sarcastic about this event due to my utter frustration with people like Mr. Pickens yet God’s Spirit also reminds me that His heart breaks for every Lional Pickens of this world who rejects the message of God’s love, who take their God given talent and waste it in pursuit of money, self gratification, and a false sense of power.
When I read of Mr. Picken’s death on twitter this morning my first reaction was to go to his twitter page where I read many confirmations of his participation in the degrading of his own culture and even commented accordingly. That tweet can be found on the right side of this page in my twitter feed. Then God spoke to me reminding me of why men, and women, like Lionel Pickens frustrate me so. Because at the end of the day there are millions of souls at stake and sadly the enemy is using people like Mr. Pickens far more successfully to entrap and destroy lives than God is seemingly using his people to save them.
Is this because Satan is wiser or more powerful than God? Of course not. Satan is always seeking and teaching the lost to take short cuts in life. It results in much of what we seek in the media that looks both wonderful and sometimes horrific. We saw Mr. Picken’s ‘wonderful’ wealth, and now his horrific death.
Satan’s method is often flamboyant. Fast cars, scantly clad attractive women, cash burning to light fat cigars. God however works much differently, in ways we often cannot perceive. Yet He doesn’t want us to be silent in the face of evil either. What we are observing in our culture is not just God working quietly, but his people often standing silent is hopes of not offending, or in hopes of being allowed to continue being “socially relevant” (something I detest the Christian concern for).
In this day and age there is simply too few Christians willing to put themselves in harms way to speak truth to sin and nearly as few it seems who are willing to spend their resources to help put forth the message of life as passionately as those who are willing to fund the message of self gratification, which really is the message of death.
Very shortly now Mr. Picken will “get his casket on.” This world will of course morn his passing because he was a messenger of its views even as some within it cringe at his messaging. I originally intended to post the lyrics to one of his songs to make an earlier point to his participation in the destruction of so many but it really isn’t necessary.
Today instead I choose to mourn a life not only wasted but used to convince thousands upon thousand to also waste theirs.