Blogger: Timi Ogunfowora
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I want to first and foremost thank Calling All for giving me this platform to be open, honest, and transparent with my random thoughts, and my perspective as a young Christian. For those who know me I can get pretty scatterbrained but I’ll try to focus my mind to one thought. Lol
So I am heavily influenced by hip hop culture and as I grow deeper in my faith, I am consistently trying to search for GOOD GREAT music that I can relate to and that can be an encouragement to my daily lifestyle. I titled this blog post “The Elephant in the Room” based off of lyrics from a phenomenal rapper that just happens to be a Christian, Lecrae. In Lecrae’s song titled “Gravity”, he has a lyric that states…
“Yo’ eyes wide open apparently, but you sleep
And everything you have in your hands you’ll never keep
So why hold on, I flow on to go on, before long I float on
Eternal life is what I’m thinkin’ I’mma bank my hope on
Believe me, easy is irrelevant
The devil want us burning for the hell of it
Elephants in the room say we can’t talk about impending doom”
This phrase “Elephant in the room” is an idiom describing an obvious object, subject or truth that is either being ignored or going unaddressed. I think that Lecrae is trying to express that people ignore talking about the more complex questions about life (such as death, where we go after we die, and the purpose of our existence) despite it being of the utmost significance. When I heard this line in the song, I thought to myself that it was such a coincidence because the concept of purpose has been coming up so frequently in life – through readings, online sermons, and generally convos with friends and family. Consequently, over the past couple of weeks I have been analyzing our society and I’ve realized that our culture no longer outwardly discusses the glaring realities of life and more importantly continues to not seek answers to the existential questions that define who, how, what, and why we are.
When was the last time you remember asking your family members “Why do you think we are here on this earth?”, or recalled chatting with your friends about life after death. If I were to answer those questions, my reply would be… “BARELY”! Our society makes it taboo to talk about what is real, and I think not acknowledging and identifying these elephants keep us from finding out our purpose and the truth that God has for us.
I happened to come across a super convicting sermon from the Village Church on the book of Nehemiah which was titled “Reality of Opposition” preached by Beau Hughes – which I definitely think I was supposed to listen to because I listened to it exactly 2 years after it was preached 3/3/13- (kind of creepy lol). The sermon is about how we as Christians will have opposition in our lives and how we must be prepared and alert spiritually before we do come across these realities. The pastor broke down how the opposition we may face today might not be as apparent as the opposition depicted in the Old Testament. Furthermore, he explains how our society faces an implicit battle that can be much more dangerous then a physical war because the effects cannot be readily seen. He mentioned two key things that deeply resonated with me.
1) I really connected when Beau spoke about the “super-flat culture”. He introduced this idea from Mark Sayer’s book “The Road Trip”. A super- flat culture is a culture that does not transcend above the self-seeking realm of narcissism, consumerism, and individualism. He mentioned a quote from this book which states
“The twenty-first century will be a century marked by conspicuous consumption but also a flagrant misuse of time. With religion off the agenda, our culture finds new avenues of devotion and distraction. Instead of moving us toward relationship and people, the immanent, superflat culture pushes us toward things.” Now listen. “Millions of hours in the twenty-first century will be spent working through DVD TV series, scanning social network sites, gorging on celebrity gossip, downloading music, flipping through home magazines, and playing computer games.
WOW, that quote is so convicting because I DEFINITELY know I fit in this same category (along with most the people I know – yes, I’m probably talking about you). I don’t think the pastor was trying to point out that television; shopping, social network/media is bad. There is nothing wrong with hobbits and interests, however the focus and importance of these “things” in replace of spiritual devotion and setting out time for God is. God should take precedence.
2) Secondly I also really connected with Beau when he brought up quote from Lena Dunham (writer, actress, director, and producer of the popular HBO series “Girls”) which perfectly depicts the mentality of our generation. She states in a Rolling Stone interview that
“Some of my anxieties might be better solved by a better awareness of what’s actually befalling this planet and what makes everything run and what’s come before us, but it overwhelms me too much. It makes me want to take a nap. And in that respect, I really relate to people in my generation.”
Yet Again another great quote that really allows me to challenge myself and question how I deal with my own anxieties about the world. I once could relate with this actress is saying. These ideas what,why,when, where and how are very heavy.
However, ever since I began growing in Christ, my perception of how I see the world has changed. John 9:25 says “He answered, “Whether he is a sinner I do not know. One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.” I used to think this bible verse was sooo cliche, but this actually the perfect example to explain when my life changed from seeing things from a biblical standpoint. God gave me sight to my dimmed vision and now I can see things the way they ought to be seen.
I can now see that things of God (God will/ Gods purpose/Gods word) used to be my elephant in the room because I would not discuss it, or even think about it (even though his handprint were so apparent in my life). I wasted a lot of time in the past, but now it is time to press forward and seek God with all my heart and all my might. The more I read the bible and more I pray, also the more my faith grows. The more my faith my grow the more can stand on the promises of his word. I know that I have a lot growing and much more to learn. However there is such a great security to know that I have God that has plans to prosper me and I that am not just living a surface with no meaning or purpose.
The purpose of this blog post was to get people (including myself) to understand how much God and things of God has taken the backseat to trivial vanity. All those things are consuming too much of our hearts. If we could just see the greatness of God, then we begin to see the triviality of all those other things.
I pray that we as generation that will not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. Heavenly Father we will continue to stand on your promises and put you above all. And as we see the zeal that You have in us, it will increase our faith and awakening the zeal that we have for you.
LECRAE EXPLAINS “GRAVITY”
Lecrae – The Overflow Devo – Gravity
VILLAGE CHURCH SERMON ON NEHEMIAH
Reality of Opposition – Denton
ABIDE.COM PRAYER ON GOD’S PURPOSE FOR THE WORLD
PRAYER – https://abide.is/prayer/qk2us4 (play the music also, it really helps get you focus)
Preview YouTube video Lecrae – The Overflow Devo – Gravity
Lecrae – The Overflow Devo – Gravity