Monday, November 12, 2007

Augustine Rap

I've been trying to find an abridged version of Augustine's Confessions for my son AJ to read. I stumbled upon this epic rap (have those two words-epic and rap- EVER been used together?)and believe it will wet his appetite to read it.


Frontier Forest said...

Actually have to confess... it was pretty cool! I had a smile on my face as I forced myself to listen to a RAP song …. all the way through! Praise the Lord, the “Word went forth and will not return void!” Did you ever think Isaiah could apply this powerful verse to RAP?

Rick Calohan said...

When I thought of devoting myself entirely to you, my God…it was I that wished to do it, and I that wished not to do it. It was I. And since I neither completely wished, nor completely refused, I fought against myself and tore myself to pieces. – Augustine of Hippo

But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provisions for the flesh to fulfill its lust. –Romans 13:14

It would be in Rome around 386, at the age of 32, that he would become a Christian and soon after he heard a child’s voice who said, “take up and read,” it was then he would come across the passage in Romans that dealt with sins of the flesh. From then onward he had made his conversion solid and wrote an autobiographical book titled Confessions which its central theme was our need of God’s grace. He later would write his greatest work, City of God dealing with sacking of Rome which was “the city of this world.” In short City of God can be viewed as how one struggles with a choice either to love and serve God or be ensnared with your love of the things of this world and it gods.

What a shame that many nominal Christians centuries after Augustine's writings still beat themselves with their works and love of this world and never accept God's Sovereignty and Grace.