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Wednesday the 26th of October 2011

1:01 PM

lessons from mos def

i listen to music on my ipod while i walk to work every day.  today i listened to mos def, and i was struck by a set of lyrics that speaks about the hip hop movement.  we like to discuss the salvation army as a movement, where we've come from and where we're going, and we like to criticize a lot that happens.  we worry about "the future of the army" and talk a lot of smack.  in the middle of all these discussions it can be easy to forget that if this movement has been called and established by God, then we only see a limited picture of how it is working to further God's kingdom here on earth.

God uses us to accomplish his purposes - so check yourself.  are you where you're supposed to be?  doing what you're supposed to be doing? reading the word? living in true community with other believers? yeah, easier said than done.

you know what's gonna happen with the army?  whatever's happening with us.  if we smoked out, the army is gonna be smoked out.  if we doin alright, the army is gonna be doin alright.  next time you ask yourself where the army is going, ask yourself, "where am i going? how am i doing?"  and give God the glory.

here are the lyrics to the song "fear not of men" by mos def:

Listen.. people be askin me all the time,
"Yo Mos, what's gettin ready to happen with Hip-Hop?"
"Where do you think Hip-Hop is goin?"
I tell em, "You know what's gonna happen with Hip-Hop?
Whatever's happening with us"
If we smoked out, Hip-Hop is gonna be smoked out
If we doin alright, Hip-Hop is gonna be doin alright
People talk about Hip-Hop like it's some giant livin in the hillside
comin down to visit the townspeople
We ARE Hip-Hop
Me, you, everybody, we are Hip-Hop
So Hip-Hop is goin where we goin

So the next time you ask yourself where Hip-Hop is goin
ask yourself.. where am I goin? How am I doin?
Til you get a clear idea
So.. if Hip-Hop is about the people
and Hip-Hop won't get better until the people get better
then how do people get better?

Well, from my understanding people get better
when they start to understand that they are valuable
And they not valuable because they got a whole lot of money
or cause somebody think they sexy
but they valuable cause they been created by God
And God makes you valuable

Mos Def - Fear Not Of Men

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Posted by Kirsten:

I love this.

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