"Go forth and make disciples of all nations" ~ Matthew 28:19
I bet you never thought you’d read that as the topic of a Christian blog post. But in fact, I really believe that we can learn a lot about the Christian life from Eminem.
Although, I might not support all the vulgarity and profane lyrics in the songs that Eminem writes and is featured in (For my rap music fix, I prefer Andy Mineo or Lecrae, two amazing Christian rappers — yep, there is such a thing.) I think that we can take a Christian lesson away from Eminem in the final rap battle scene shown in the movie “8 Mile”, which was a semi-biographical movie about the beginning of Eminem (Marshall Mathers) into his rap career (Please note: I would not recommend this movie for anyone without parental consent).
In the final rap battle scene of the movie, there is an intensity that is brewing up between Eminem and his opponent, “Clarence”.
As the battle begins, Clarence starts off by spewing out rap that is completely derogatory towards Eminem and who he is as a person. Everyone laughs and Eminem maintains his intensely focused composure and prepares to battle.
For the final time Eminem has to battle for his chance to win the entire show, he starts off by turning to the crowd and pumping them up telling everyone to put their hands up. Then, after the crowd is invested and everyone is paying attention, he turns to Clarence and raps saying that he knows everything that he is about to say about him and all of his own weaknesses.
Eminem lays out all of his own weaknesses on the line.
And once he does that it’s all over. Clarence has nothing else to say about him, and now when it is his chance to finish off the rap battle, he is dead silent and Eminem is victorious!
What does all this have to do with living the Christian life?
In Scripture it says this:
“And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.” — 2 Corinthians 12:9
God’s power is made perfect in weakness! That is so unnatural to us as human beings — and sure it is, that’s because God’s power is Divine in the Holy Spirit!
By Eminem laying down all his own weaknesses and boasting about it he became victorious over all that persecuted him.
(He might not say this was the case — maybe he would — but I think that that was God being present in his life. In fact, I’m sure of it. I just pray that one day he might take out all the vulgarity from his song lyrics, and also take a Theology of the Body course.)
We must boast in our weaknesses so that the Lord can raise us up and make us victorious in life!
We must trust that God will send us his Holy Spirit — even in our weakest of moments of life. It is so hard to face our weaknesses and our struggles sometime and think that God can do some good with them, but that is exactly when God works His best miracles!
“The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us.” — John 1:14
Christ became human out of pure and total love for us. He made himself look weak and broken to the extent of dying on a cross for us all “while we were yet sinners” (Romans 5:8). From that weak and broken place that Christ experienced on the cross, eternal life for all sprung forth in the Lord’s glorious Resurrection! Truly amazing how God’s power is truly made perfect through weakness.
God loves you and me so much and He wants to save all of us and bring us to eternal life with Him in Heaven. No matter what weakness you have or struggles you are going through — my prayer for you is that you can lay them all down to the Lord and know that the power of the Holy Spirit is with you.
You might even be able to win some rap battles, but don’t quit your day job anytime soon!
Pray the prayer of St. Faustina as you go forth from reading this article:
Jesus, I trust in you. Jesus, I trust in you. Jesus, I trust in you.
God bless you today and thank you for taking the time to read this post. Share this with someone you think needs it, and comment below with your thoughts.
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