No wonder non-believers are confused as to what a Christian is. Stormzy is a young black man who is currently at number one in the U.K. pop charts with his song: Blinded By Your Grace Part Two. This is aptly named. If the blessings of God’s grace make us think we can sing about his love and salvation but in all our other songs on the album, use the most expletive language ever spoken, sing about vulgarity, obnoxiously brag about our popularity, crudely boast about drunkenness and use the F -word and Mother-word so liberally, that we appear no different from any other rapper, then we truly are blind.
This much-loved song gives the blatant impression that the writer is a worshipper of Jesus who is grateful for his salvation and wanting to humbly acknowledge his grace. But the other 14 tracks on his album, Gang Signs & Prayer (Stormzy lyrics: Azlyrics.com) contain such X-rated lyrics that the album is nothing short of profane.
God’s grace is not supposed to blind us to the truth. It is supposed to set us free from our old way of talking and acting so we are actually giving him glory and honouring his holy name. Yes, none of us are perfect, yes, we still slip up, yes, we have our weaknesses and struggles. But this is deliberate hypocrisy.
Non-believers who are fooled into thinking this is the way Christians behave, are likely to fall into depression by assuming that Jesus has nothing better to offer than the gift of a dirty mind and a foul mouth – we are supposed to be different from the world, so that people who are desperate for a better way can have hope.
Unfortunately, if certain public preachers carry on spurting out heresy about how repentance is not necessary and once you say yes to Jesus you can live your life how you want, then more people like Stormzy will rise up thinking there’s nothing wrong in singing about God’s love while living like a foul-mouthed Atheist. And more followers and fans of these people will have a shock when their heart throbs it’s last beat. I feel so sorry for these people. God is gracious and forgiving but he demands holiness.
In his defence, I do not know the man personally and he may be struggling with his faith or new to Christianity and just finding his feet. I do not want to become a *Pharisee, judging others for their shortcomings when I have very many of my own. I hope he finds the courage to get on one side or the other, because his behaviour at present indicates he is sitting on the fence and not knowing what he wants to be.
So, without judging him in my heart and going by facts only, Stormzy’s song lyrics are repulsive and his apparent witness for Christ is an embarrassment.
Have a blessed day.
*Pharisee: the religious men in the time of Jesus who were spiritual hypocrites.