Today’s Guest Post (Which is actually Protagonist’s View’s first GP!) is by Kohler King. I’m so thrilled to share his work with you all! 🙂
“All I want is clarity, ’cause all of my heroes are frauds just like me.”
These words come from someone whom I highly respect. When I first heard them, I didn’t think too much of them. Only in the last month have I truly begun to understand the truth and depth behind them.
But the truth is, your heroes are frauds. You are a fraud. I am a fraud.
The search for truth has plagued mankind for thousands of years. In our desperate attempt to find the answer, we have ultimately found pleasure in the things we think are truth, namely hedonism. While there is nothing wrong with having a good time, we have idolized it. So much so that we have become self-absorbed with seeking pleasure.
But wasn’t everything made by God and for God? Yes, but as some of my other friends put it, “when a good God gives good gifts, we generally tend to twist the list and take the good gifts that God tends to give and make general ‘gods’ out of gifts.”
I am a firm believer and a living testimony that one of God’s greatest gifts to us is music. Music can either glorify all our sinful desires (just turn on any pop radio station), or expose all our sinful desires and lead us to repentance.
I have no desire to brag about myself , but I have every intention of being honest and transparent. Since 2011, I have been in love with Christian Hip-Hop (which will be referred to as CHH). I’m willing to bet you’ve heard of a man named Lecrae. His clique, or “brand” if you prefer to call it that, is 11Six, which comes from Romans 1:16, “For I am unashamed of the gospel…” God has really spoken to me through his music. Same with Andy Mineo. Same with Social Club Misfits. It has so impacted my love for Jesus that I would not be the man I am today if it weren’t for the music.
Getting back to the main point. I’ve looked up to these guys for so long, I love how God is using them and how they’re (literally) being a light in dark places. But, as I mentioned, all our heroes are frauds.
Something people tend to forget is that these artists, as well as your pastors, are people just like you and I. They have the same demons and same sinful struggles as the rest of us. This is something that social media doesn’t seem to understand. “Fans” will trash their favorite artists the second they stumble. We have put these people on a pedestal and expect them to be perfect, but when they fall, there is no forgiveness. It’s worse when politics come into play. But we won’t go there.
Sometimes I break and read these comments. They can be heartbreaking. Social media has given us way too much false confidence and narcissism. Everyone on social media is always right, no one is ever wrong. I often see various evangelical leaders post conflicting things, and it has made me question who is right and what to believe.
One can only take so much of that before they break. I echo the question made by Pilate over 2,000 years ago:
“What is truth?”
There is, of course, only one truth: Jesus. He is the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6). Jesus as the truth fulfills the teachings of the Old Testament and reveals the true God. In other words, Jesus is the final and definitive revelation of God’s grace and truth.
As I write this, Matthew 14:22-33 comes to mind. The disciples of Jesus were in a boat, in the middle of a big storm. They turned and saw Jesus walking on the water (in the storm). Peter, the disciple closest to Jesus, called out, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” Jesus said, “Come.” Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water (still in the storm) towards Jesus. But when Peter saw the winds of the storm, he became afraid and sank. He cried out for Jesus to save him, and He did. Jesus asked Peter why be doubted, then the disciples worshiped him
We often see Jesus in the midst of our storms. As we walk to Him, we get distracted through fear, idolatry, confusion, fill in the blank. We then begin to sink as a result. But at the end of the day, Jesus will pull us out of the water.
There is a certain comfort and happiness that can only be found in Jesus. It’s a fulfillment none of your other “gods” can fulfill.
If you’re confused in life, read the Word. Need guidance? Read the Word.
This is a mistake I have made, and sometimes continue to make. I replace the Word with music. Music was never meant to be a replacement for the Word or prayer, but rather a supplement. When used correctly, it can be a good one too.
So let every man be a liar. Let only God be true. Because He is.